It used to be that a goaltender could spend almost an entire hockey game on their feet, only shifting their arms and legs around to make saves. But that day has long since passed, and today’s goalies often find themselves in awkward positions all over the crease area. Put simply, these days no goalie can reasonably expect to spend the whole game on their feet.
That means today’s successful goaltender has an incredibly strong core capable of propelling them from one part of the crease to another with ease. But it’s not just about form and speed: goalies also need a strong core to limit their chances of incurring an injury while moving in ways that most people wouldn’t dream of doing.