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Left Hand Low Blocker



It’s cheating, that’s all there is to it.  There is no equivalent shot for a right hander that has such ridiculously high odds of success.  Us righties have the glove side, sure, but lefties have a shot at that too because most goalies collapse their glove hand in on the butterfly, where the blocker side has to stay up to keep the stick on the ice. 

When goalies go down in the butterfly, their pads sit 11 inches off the ice, post to post.  For the blade of the stick to sit flat, their blocker is a bit higher in the air than they would naturally hold their arm with no stick. 

Because of that, there’s a good foot of room between the top of the pad and blocker (under the arm) that’s the best place to shoot in the modern game, especially if you don’t have time to get your head up.

Sometimes in hockey you just have to pull the trigger.  When goalies were stand up style, you’d zip it low on the ice.  When they fell in love with going down, you’d zip it high.  Now, they fall into butterfly form the second a shooter flinches. 

A shot a foot off the ice glove side is going to get caught, or at least redirected.  On the blocker side, the goaltender has to keep his arm out a bit for proper form.

Because of these differences, there is an obvious weakness in that one spot.  But, as a righty, we have to shot across the goalies body, giving him the extra second to react. 

A shot from a left handed shooter low blocker can spark the red light on any mindless play, because of the difficulty for the goaltender to get the blocker down.

Lefties + low blocker = cheating.  Stupid right handed stick.

*Comment I know I’m going to get:  High glove is an advantage for righties – I know.  Just not nearly as much as low blocker is for lefties.


8 Responses to “Left Hand Low Blocker”
  1. JD says:

    Top glove for righties is also an advantage – maybe not quite as much I suppose. And apparently Cheech is taking a clapper from two and a half feet(copywrite Harry Neale) out?

  2. GBCK says:

    I was just talking about this in the room the other day. We have a lefty goalie and I abuse this shot regularly to get my right handed revenge

  3. Neil says:

    Bourne, you rule. Thanks for the Saturday morning read.

    I read an article the other day where a guy was arguing all kids should be taught to play with a left-handed stick at an early age for two main reasons (the first being his belief that it is easier for right-handers to control a puck with a left-handed stick, and the second being basically what you are talking about in terms of shooting). What are your thoughts on that?

  4. Hockeyman says:

    So then righties must love shooting on DiPietro huh? Only he seems to stop those too… I hope he gets well for next season.

  5. Griff says:

    I want to know at what level you figure this out, I started abusing the low blocker in Midgets and never looked back, in college I still had some teamates that couldn’t figure it out.

  6. jtbourne says:

    I think it becomes obvious the year you can start controlling your shot beyond vagueries like “high” or “left”. Once you can pick a spot, I guess you start figuring out some percentages.

  7. Justin,

    You are just jealous of us gifted lefties ;)

    Amid beer and pain next Sunday night (after I return from Beerfest in Atlantic City) I will have to concentrate even more on the blocker side……

  8. jtbourne says:

    Just keep it the right height (1-2 feet)! If the goalie is butterfly style, you’ll bury a couple! Enjoy beerfest, I like the concept and may have my own, since it’s St. Patty’s Day.

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