Goalie Evaluation Criteria

The following is a reference for the various skills that is used by evaluators during the player evaluation process.  How these references are applied is based on the wide range of skill and experience levels between the different divisions and age groups.


General Overview of the Skills Required for the Goaltender Position

Positional Specific Movement

  • Does the goalie have strong t-pushes, shuffles, butterfly slide starting in a up position, butterfly slide starting in a down position, and backside recovery?
  • Does the goalie have strong edge control while pushing and stopping?
  • Is the goalie balanced while moving through his crease?
  • Does the goalie use movement through the middle to ensure angle as the priority?
  • Does the goalie choose the right method of movement during particular offensive plays?
  • Does the goalie have athleticism in his/her movements?
  • Does the goalie tend to get sloppy when his endurance is tested?

Fundamental Positioning

Does the goalie have a strong and balanced stance?

Hands out in front, stick on the ice, bent knees, feet apart, torso angled slightly downwards?

Are the goalie’s angles and squareness to the puck on target?

Does the goalie adjust his depth according to the play, and does this fit his style of play?

Are his post-mechanics tight and sound, and does his/her foot adjust angle according to the offensive threat in front of the net?

Does the goalie possess a strong recovery positioning after a rebound?

Shot Preparation

Does the goalie have ice awareness before/during the play?

Does the goalie identify proper positioning according to the offensive threat?

Does the goalie have the ability to anticipate the play before it occurs, or does he/her get caught out of position?

Does the goalie have different flexions in his/her stance according to the initial shot proximity to the net?

(A slightly relaxed stance from shots at the blue line versus a more rigid/flexed stance from shots in tight)

Does the goalie have his feet set before the shot?

Transition/ Puck-Handling Skills

Is the goalie confident handling the puck outside his net?

Does the goalie have his/her head up using ice awareness?

Does the goalie understand the breakout, and understand the offensive attack?

Does the goalie neutralize the forecheck when handling the puck?

Is the goalie communicative to his team-mates when handling the puck?

Does the goalie create time and space when handling the puck?


How is the goalies focus and concentration during the play?

Is the goalie have good body language showing he/she is confident and invincible?

Does the goalie possess a strong mental toughness?

Does the goalie communicate to his team-mates and become a positive leader?

Is the goalie athletic and have quickness?

Does the goalie have size?

Save Execution

Does the goalie use a proper save selection according to the shot?

Is he/she balanced when executing this save?

Is the goalie efficient at making the save, and is he/she make the saves look easy?

Does the goalie have the ability to track the puck into, and out from the body?

Does the goalie struggle with traffic in front of the net?

Does the goalie control the rebound?

(Either into the body, corralling the puck, over the glass, or into an area where no offensive threat is present. [ie, the corner])

What is the goalies read/react ability?

Does the goalie go down regardless of where the shot is, or is the goalie able to read the shot high and stand up to make the save?

Where is the zone that he/she is able to read the shot and make a proper save selection?

Does the goalie make glove/blocker saves in front of the body in the proper strike zone area?

Does the goalie practice forward motion in his save selections going down? Or does he/she retreat into the crease when going down?

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