There's some general info on this page for all goalies but I will focus on Overdrive a bit more than other pages.
Loading Hint: As soon as the page loads I'd get the first Flash piece loading. Some of them are large because of the video in them.


Before you even start to recover, you've got to be sure you're using the proper leg to get up with.

It's really very simple. If you want to recover left, get your right leg up because that's the one you use to push left.


and if you want to move right, get the left leg up first


It's clean and efficient and obvious yet I still hear goalie coaches talking about using the same leg all the time, no matter what. As we'll see, that can lead to all kinds of trouble. The thing is, it's only recently that organizing your legs for recovery has been scrutinized and a lot of people are unaware of any improvements. If you haven't focused on this aspect of your game, you can be sure that you're getting tangled up on some recoveries. Not just because you haven't automatized which leg to use when, but also because everyone favors one leg and it takes a lot of time and effort to even things out.

So here's our first Flash piece. It looks at recovering with the proper leg and what goes wrong otherwise.


In goaltending there are always complications.
On the clips, the legs were close together.
However,what do you do if you have kicked out and the legs are spread out?

Getting your legs set for a recovery from this position can be awkward if you have to continue in the direction of your kick. So from this position, Tony Esposito would have to do a 'leg switch' for the most efficient recovery to his left.
We'd better take a closer look.


While the mechanics of these moves are straightforward, implanting them in your game can take some time.

First of all, you're getting rid of a bad habit. That's not an easy thing to do and many times you'll have to catch
yourself lifting the wrong leg. It can also be difficult because learning to match your moves to the play takes time.

For instance, lets say that after the face-off the play moves to your left. You're down at 'X' and the shooter is the green 'O'. If he goes to the corner (yellow arrow) you'll have to lift your right leg to cover left. If he cuts to the middle (blue arrow) you'll need to do the opposite. Also, there can be odd situations where all this doesn't hold. Recognizing the pattern of a play and getting your legs right in the heat of a game requires some experience.


Although these moves look fairly simple, we should take a closer look at the mechanics of getting up.
Then we'll know exactly what the feet have to do and how Overdrive does it better.
I'm sure Saint Jacques would have approved.


Combining a recovery with a move left or right can save you a lot of time with Overdrive. Instead of getting up and then pushing off, your lateral move can be done while you get up. So if Paul Goodman wanted to get up to his trapper side (actually, I think that's a boxing glove!?), he'd switch legs and the left leg would power a recovery and a push.

These moves are fairly simple and don't require much explanation but there is a variation of this move with Overdrive that is quite tricky.


So far, none of the moves on this page have focused on recovering while you are moving.

Getting up while you are sliding across is very simple with Overdrive. You just roll the foot down to engage the blade, lock the foot and your momentum will lift you up. So if Tiny Thompson were sliding into his move, he'd just have to roll into Overdrive and get up. (Somehow, I just don't think I would have played nets in those days)
Here's a closer look.