Following rebounds after butterfly saves

Following rebounds after butterfly saves
30/08/2004 Juha Halmesvaara


After the camp in Rochester in July 2004 there has been a lot of discussion about this topic at our Finnish goalie BB fueled by the writings of Jamo and therefore we wanted to publish some additional resources like this one on the topic. Finnish article was published a bit earlier, but we try to follow-up and translate al the new Finnish resources to English as well.

One of the key points in the discussions has been the trend of goalies wanting to pop-up automatically after making a save using butterfly. Naturally it is good that goalie has the ability to get up fast, but that is not always the best choice and therefore it should not be automatic move either. Let’s take a little closer look at this issue.

When to get up or stay down?

If the rebound is going further and you have time to get up that is always the preferred choice. This works on those occasions when goalie has gone down, but the shot never came through. Rebound can also be directed to the other side on an angle that the lateral distance to cover is too great without getting up and using a move like T-push etc.

How ever very often the situation dictates the goalie to stay down and maintain his saving readiness while moving laterally using 1-leg quick push and butterfly slide (see the movie examples and especially the one with coach talking to the goalie). This down movement gives you 2 things:

  • Readiness to make a save at any time
  • Faster movement to the right spot on close plays

Situations where goalie stays down are usually close rebound plays and situations where the puck is close and dangerous in general and it would be risky to get up. What I mean by risky is that we want to avoid the situations where the save has to be made when goalie is on the motion of getting up and gets caught by surprise.

Worst possible case is when you get caught by a shot when you are in the middle of the recovery move and not even started your lateral movement.

Video resources


  • Butterfly is the starting position after the save (This technique works the same whether you have some momentum or not)
  • Lift the opposite leg up and bring it close to your body in an angle that you can dig the skate/toe into the ice
  • Start rotating the shoulders and body towards the direction of the movement with stick leading
  • Start a quick push towards the direction you need to move
  • Lead leg stays on the ice at all times
  • Push leg comes fast back to the butterfly position closing 5-holes and bringing the weight to even/ balanced distribution
  • The rest is just like normal butterfly slide. If it is a real close play bring your hands closer to your body and if the puck is a bit further use your active hands in front of the body.