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T-Push

Purpose:

  • Side to side explosive movement used to cover big and small areas of the crease.  This movement allows the goaltender to set feet in position ahead of the play in order to read play and choose proper save selection.

Terminology:

  • “Drive” Leg

The opposite leg of the intended direction.
“Drive” leg used to initiate side to side movement

  • “Lead” Leg

The leg of the intended direction.
“Lead” leg is used to carry the momentum and weight in side to side movement. 

  •  “Small” T - push

Same terminology as above.  Effective to quickly gain net and ice in small areas. 

Proper Use:

  • Used to quickly gain ice in the crease and set feet while following the play.
  • Used when an opposing team has made a pass and a shot is not imminent.
  • Movement should be quick and explosive.

Technique:

  • Turn head / eyes towards the intended direction and lead with stick and gloves.
  • Heel of “lead” leg is brought slightly back towards “drive” leg then pivots in desired direction.
  • Weight is placed on the inside edge of the balls of the “drive” leg skate.
  • Lift “drive” leg skate slightly off the ice after initial push.
  • To stop turn inside edge of the lead leg skate and resist momentum.
  • Set feet in stance square to potential shot angle.

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