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In ice hockey, the stand-up style, as the name suggests, refers to a style of goaltending in which the goaltender makes the majority of the saves standing up, not falling to his or her knees. Its strength is in protection of the upper part of the net, as the goaltender is free to make saves with the upper body and arms.[1] This style is not as common as it used to be, with more and more goalies switching to the butterfly style.

The stand-up style is in contrast to butterfly style, where goaltenders protect the net against incoming shots by dropping to their knees and shifting their legs out. This style was best popularized in the NHL by Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy.[2]

A third style evolved from the play of Czech netminder Dominik Hašek, termed the scramble style, where a variety of non-traditional movements were used to make saves. This included falling down supine in the crease, which led to the moniker "scramble style". Hašek once admitted that he would sometimes simply throw his head at an incoming puck.


  1. "Coaching tips, Center Ice Magazine", 2006. 
  2. "Coaching goaltenders by Clint Malarchuk",, 2005. 
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