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Jim Park

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Jim Park Goalie School
« on: Apr 23, 2012, 12:20 PM »
Location: Toronto, Canada


Since 1985 the Jim Park Goalie School has been teaching the butterfly style to goalies of all ages and skill levels from around the world. Long before there was a "Quebec Butterfly" and even before Patrick Roy won his first Stanley Cup we knew that the butterfly was the key to developing successful goaltenders. When others were criticizing the butterfly style and telling goalies to stay on their feet we were teaching and encouraging goalies to use the butterfly because it was to their advantage. Now, virtually every successful goalie at the junior, college and pro level use the butterfly to make over 80% of their saves. Over 20 years later we are still the butterfly experts and while goaltending has changed tremendously in that time we have continued to study, adapt and refine the way that we teach the position.
We charted 1200 NHL goals and found that 71% of them were scored in the bottom foot of the net while only 12% went in the top foot. We also found out that twice as many goals went in under the goalies as over them. With stats like that it's not hard to understand why the butterfly is the most important skill in goaltending today or why we encourage the goalies at our school to use it to make most of their saves. 

Having said that, a successful goalie can't rely on having a good butterfly alone, which is why we break the position up into the following key areas: 

Skating & Mobility: Goalies must be good skaters to be able to move around the crease and get into position quickly in order to be effective with their butterfly. We spend half an hour every day working with the goalies on their skating, footwork, edgework and power pushing.

Skills Development: The more skills that a goalie has the better prepared he will be to face the many different game situations he will encounter. We pride ourselves on our commitment to skills development and our attention to detail ensures that our students leave us better, more confident goalies.

Focus: Strong focus and concentration skills are essential for the success of any goaltender. We teach goalies how to focus on reading plays and situations as well as stress the importance of focusing hard on the puck - not just so they can make their saves but so that they can identify and react quickly to their rebounds.   
Save Selection: A goalie's save selection will be determined by the situation. Positioning, time and distance are all factors that impact how a goalie should react in any given situation. We place the goalies in numerous different game situations so that they can learn to recognize immediately where they must be, how much time they have to get there and what save to select.

Rebound Control: If you cut down the number of shots against by reducing and controlling the rebounds you leave you will cut down your goals against and boost your save %. We spend time each and every day teaching the goalies how to use their hands to catch and absorb pucks into their chest and how to use their stick and pads to deflect pucks out of harm's way.

Recovery: Unless the puck goes in the net or you smother it for a face off, you generally have somewhere else you need to be and you must be able to get there as quickly and efficiently as possible. Whether the goalie has no time and must dive or extend a pad, just enough time to be able to push in his butterfly without getting up or lots of time to recover to his feet and t-push we have a number of effective drills designed to improve your rebound recognition and recovery.   

Come to the Jim Park Goalie School and find out why over 50 of our students are currently playing junior, college and professional hockey throughout Canada and the United States!