Becoming the next Jimmy Howard: What does it take to be a Good Goalie?

Becoming the next Jimmy Howard: What does it take to be a Good Goalie?

Although the Detroit Red Wings lost against the Chicago Blackhawks in game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals, it is still an undeniable fact that every Red Wings game is something to watch out for. For the fans of the perennial playoff contenders, winning a Red Wings ticket is like winning the jackpot on With plenty of lottery houses and ice rinks down Detroit, it shouldn’t be hard to compare the idea of winning the draw to the idea of watching your home team pummel their way to victory. And one reason to treat every game ticket as a lottery success is by watching the emerging Red Wing’s goalkeeper Jimmy Howard. His noteworthy Game 4 win against the Blackhawks where he stopped 28 shot attempts is something to look forward to next season. If you aspire to become a goalie expert someday, here are a few tips to bring out your A-game.

Eyes on the puck

For beginners, the best advice to follow is to always keep your eyes on the puck. But as you progress and play with other hockey players, experience will tell you that this is not always the best strategy. Sometimes you’ll need to look around and invest time on learning the offensive tendencies. Different teams employ different strategies, so it may be best to observe the opposing team if they are about to build a tactical formation. And of course, this is something you learn by mastering the eyes-on-the-puck fundamentals first.

Practice your butterfly stance

The butterfly stance is a goalie’s best friend. Not knowing how to position yourself can greatly compromise your team’s defense. This can be awkward at first if you do not know how to adjust accordingly. To achieve the perfect stance, position your legs in a such a way that they are more than a shoulder—width apart while you point your toe inwards. Remember to put both the blocker and the glove to the sides and in front of your pads to maximize the wall. The gap between your legs could easily be covered by the stick to limit the possible entrance points of the puck.