At GOALIETECH when we are scouting or recruiting for teams we are looking for 18 different techniques and fundamentals which is listed below. There is a point rating system that the goaltender will receive as well as a full written report and evaluation on the strengths and weaknesses of that goaltender.

Here are the 18 categories...

 Emotional: How well does the goalie react when scored on, either good goals or weak goals. What if he or she thinks there has been a bad call made by the referee or a bad play made by a teammate.

 Lateral Transfer Rotation: The most vital save technique due to the high percentage of the scoring chance. Any lateral pass cross ice is the hardest save to make.

 Stick work: The most underrated attribute in a goalies technique and the least taught. If the stick is in a proper position then the rest of the athletic position will follow and balance will be optimal. Where ever the puck goes the stick should follow.

 Skating: Another under estimated attribute that is essential for a goalie to be successful at the highest levels. Balance, speed, mobility, footwork, C-cuts, T-pushes, lateral transfer, power push, shuffle, etc.  



 Gap Control: How is the goaltender's ability at closing the gap when the puck is passed from deep in the end zone or corner to the top of the circle. How is the speed from the push, the stance, and angle to the spot location.

 Challenging (aggressive): If the shooter has little to shoot at, than the save odds increase and therefore the success of the team increases. Such an easy technique to master to increase odds of winning.

 Dominant side: Some goalies have a dominant side and/or a passive side caused by left or right eye dominance or they feel more comfortable on their dominant side. (right-handed-right side dominant).

 Rebound Control: Ability to cushion and corral lose pucks and the ability to direct pucks into corners or away from the prime scoring areas.

 Recovery: From all save technique positions including desperation saves. Looking for speed and agility to a stance recovery.

 Flow or Crease coverage: The movement in and around the crease, looking for a smooth and deliberate motion. Crucial on the penalty kill, especially back door threats and umbrella power plays.

 Reading the play: Anticipating the ideal shot location from identifying opposing players on any even, or odd man rushes.

 Post to post: Making sure the goaltender is identifying all four stations behind the net and looking for over all speed of post to post coverage and save selection on wrap-arounds e.g. paddle down.

 Breakaways: Is the goaltender taking an aggressive or passive approach to breakaways/shootouts. Are the feet moving or is the goaltender flat footed and vulnerable to a deke. What save technique on a deke is used e.g. the ‘Y’ technique.

 Playing the Puck/Puck handling/Passing: Is the shot hard. Is he confident. Does he look to pass or just set up. Can he get to the puck on shoot or dump ins.

 Quarterbacking: The goaltenders ability to communicate to his teammates the situation, and a solution, in a timely manner.

 Screens and Deflections: An area over looked by many coaches is the ability to take the deflection away by gap control, and the proper technique and which side to ‘view’ through a screen.

 Save selection: Correct save techniques are made for the shot type taken dependent on time and distance of the shot.

 Stamina and Concentration: Late in games and especially on a long penalty kills when the team can not get the puck out.