Introduction to Angles – Article 1/4

Introduction to Angles – Article 1/4
20/10/2002 Juha Halmesvaara
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Espoo 20.10.2002

In this series we will cover the basics of angle plays for goaltenders and try to give you the needed info to adjust your game and practice habits so that you can improve your performance using these methods.

This first article is an introduction and explains what we mean by angles and what will be covered in these 4 articles.

What is an angle?

It simply means goaltenders position relative to his goal and puck.

You will learn how important it is for you to learn to position yourself in proper distance and correct angle against the shots.

Angle is also a perception. We will teach you to understand what this means and how does left or right shooter see the open space while the real view is something totally different.

Here you can see the position of the puck when goalie aligns himself like in the photo on the right

Goalie is ready and the view you see is how left shooter would see the situation.

Now bring your cursor over the photo and see the real open space from pucks angle. More photos and full explanation on the next article 2 of 4 in this Angle series.

What is a correct angle?

There are 2 aspects we need to have right in order to say that we are playing certain shots and situations using correct angles. You need to be:

  • Aligned centered on the line between the goal and the puck
  • Out of your net on the proper distance to cut down the angle (Article 3 of 4 will cover this in detail)

Why do I Need ”worry” about my angles?

Very simple question to answer. If you don’t play your angles right you will do either one or both of these:

  • Leave too much open net for the shooter to score on
  • Leave too much room on either side while over covering the other side and thus making it hard or impossible for yourself to make the save

Articles in this series

  1. Introduction (This article)
  2. Understand Angles – Take Advantage
  3. How Far Should I Come Out?
  4. Drills & Training Tips (To be published later)