Goaltending is one of the most difficult and important positions on the ice. StinkySocks Hockey provides goaltenders with weekly skill sessions and goalie camps to work on improving your game, adding new skills, and sharpening the skills that you already have. Movement, positioning, puck handling, rebound control, angles, various save types and the mental side of the game are all addressed within the context of your dominant style (stand-up, butterfly or hybrid).
Instructional Hockey Programs
Hockey Skills Clinics
The StinkySocks Hockey Skills Program is generally geared towards skaters within the first five years of their hockey experience, but can be beneficial to players of all levels. This is not a learn-to-play hockey program, but a program for players looking to improve their enjoyment of hockey by further developing their fundamentals (shooting, passing, body control, skating). We limit the number of skaters who can participate and offer the lowest player to instructor ratio of any New England area hockey program.
StinkySocks Hockey Skills seasons are usually 10-15 weeks in length, although some skills sessions may be available as individual sessions. Save money by booking the full season. Click here for a listing of current Hockey Skills sessions.
The StinkySocks Hockey Skills+ offers a Hockey Skills session immediately followed by a novice (D) level No Commitment Hockey game. The hockey game is officiated by the instructors from your skills session who will offer you in-game tips and advice. Save money by booking a Hockey Skills+ season. See the current Skills+ offerings, listed under skills clinics.
Stinky Socks Hockey shooting practice allows you to spend quality time with the puck that you will not get in a game. Stinky Socks Hockey Shooting Practice piggybacks the goalie clinics and is offered for a nominal fee. You’ll have some time to practice on your own and then we’ll ask you to take a series of specific shots on goalies. Shooters must be at an intermediate (C) level or above to ensure that our goalies are also receiving a benefit. When available, shooting practice sessions are listed under No Commitment Hockey.
Instructional Hockey Programs for Goalies
Individual Goalie Instructional Sessions
StinkySocks Hockey Goalie Instructional Sessions allow goalies to choose individual sessions. These are small group goalie sessions (no more than 4 goalies) with an instructor designed to work specifically on goalie skills.
Our main focus is to develop any age and range of talent into a better, more accomplished goaltender. Through results-driven training and years of proven techniques and coaching methods, we focus on making sure every goaltender leaves the ice better than when they came on. Sessions will focus on skills, stamina, reaction time, quickness, mental toughness, and game situations. Teaching the technical side of goaltending is not enough, we make it our priority to educate goalies on how to compete and win under pressure situations.
Before our goaltending sessions, we start by encouraging you to discuss your background, specific style, recent play, and goals to help us assess your strengths/weaknesses and identify the parts of your game that need the most work. You will learn and incorporate these skills right away by facing shooters in drills developed from game situations. Towards the end of each session, we will finish by working on small game/tight area situations to practice the individual skills worked on at that day’s session.
Finally, after each session, we will review the day’s session to provide the coaching and feedback you need on your particular game. We also encourage you to let us how you perform during the week in your games/practices so we can structure future sessions around areas that you may want to work on a bit more.
StinkySocks Hockey Goalie Camps and Clinics are a series of sessions that allow goalies to improve their game in a structured course environment.