Paddle down By: Jason W. Grzadzieleski Paddle down • A type of stance by the goaltender when the play is coming from the corner to the front of the net and the puck carrier is carrying the puck in front of the net looking to score. Here the goaltender puts the stick down on the ground, parallel to the ice, with the leg farthest from the post down and the other up and ready to push. This works well against angled rushes or wrap arounds where the skater would normally out–skate the goalie. The skater does have the top part of the net to shoot at, but it is difficult to lift the puck over the goalie from up close. The paddle down stance is also effective against low passes from behind the net to players looking to score from the slot. Video 1 • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS8vQH8EPxQ The Paddle Down Save The paddle down is becoming one of the most popular saves . NHL goalies like Ed Belfour and Felix Potvin have made the save so famous that it's hard to find a goalie today at any level who doesn't use it! The paddle down save is a great save but it should be only one save in each goalie's arsenal of saves !! A well-developed goalie should be efficient in every save, should know when to use each save and have the intelligence to analyze each scoring opportunity and the effectiveness of each save when it is used. Let's look at the key points of the paddle down save: The stick must be flat on the ice and 6 inches in front of the goalie to cushion the puck when it hits the stick. The pads should be in a half butterfly form with the left pad flared out on it's side and the right pad tucked underneath the goalie. The glove should be on top of the left pad and open to the puck. The chest and head should be high to cover the upper part of the net. Wrap Around Wrap-Around Cont… 1. Handle or Paddle of stick against the outside of the net 2. Out from leg pad 3. Grip…….. Make a fist around the stick, helps with control and harder to knock the stick out of your hands 4. Keep toe of leg pad inside of the pipe 5. Stay tall as possible, closing gaps against the pipe Video 2 • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShyEQiE6Sxo Butterfly slide Butterfly slide 1. When moving from a standing to a down across the net when play is in tight position 2. When in a knee lock position, moving side to side 3. Keep glove against the leg pad and keep glove open. 4. Players in Tight Players in Tight Cont… 1. When view is obstructed by players 2. Puck comes out of the chest area (rebound chances) 3. Lost sight of puck 4. Video 3 • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-tS9UI4jVs Remember positioning and puck tracking Get in tight and stay tight against the pipes if it’s a wrap-around or pipe side chance Stay with the puck, track the puck as best as possible Cover 5-hole when moving with the paddle down, this allows for the goalie to take up a lot more space at the net when players are in tight Thank you! • Questions?