After doing a lot of serious goalie writing, lately, it is time for something light…Mind The Net Goaltending Co-director Ian Robertson believes there are three types of developing/elite goalie skaters: 1. the ALL Power group 2. the Hovering/Levitating Group and 3. The Hover-Power Group. After many years of observations he seems to be right. What type of goalie skater are you?
Goaltending skating style is dependent on many factors, but there is a group of goalies that are built like a brick sh**house and they seem to move in a way that matches their body types. These goalies have skating styles we call the “ALL Power” group. The ALL Power group are the type of goalies that carve chunks out of the ice in almost everything they do. These goalies, when doing skating drills in an empty rink, can cause seismic disruptions by the power of their cuts, starts and stops. ALL Power goalies are usually able to get into position with one push, rather than 2-3 and are able to be an intimidating presence for opposing shooters because they always seem to be in position before a pass is received. Being an “ALL Power” goalie does not mean movements are choppy and rigid, but they maintain an element of powerful smoothness. Some NHL examples would be J.S. Giguere, Tim Thomas, Pekka Rinne and Roberto Luongo; to name a few.