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The Changing Goalie Equipment

from Nicholas J. Costonika of NHL.com,

The process began three years ago when the late Ed Snider, owner of the Philadelphia Flyers, spoke at a Competition Committee meeting in New York. The NHL and the NHL Players' Association had been discussing ways to improve the game, and Snider focused on a big issue: goalie gear.

"He made an impassioned plea to the group to say, 'Guys, we can still do more in this area. We think they're still too big,'" said Kay Whitmore, NHL vice president of hockey operations. "I think we owed it to him to follow through and get it done once and get it done right."

First, leg pads and pants were streamlined. Now, as NHL teams open training camps this week, chest and arm pads have been as well to comply with a detailed new rule developed by the NHL and the NHLPA.

The goal isn't more goals, exactly. It's for goaltenders to make saves because of ability, not equipment. They should wear equipment that fits properly -- enough to protect them, but not extra to stop the puck. A 200-pound goaltender should not look like a 250-pound goaltender.

"The assumption is that it's primarily to increase goal-scoring, and it is," said Mathieu Schneider, special assistant to NHLPA executive director Don Fehr. "We'd be lying if we didn't say that was a big part of it. But I think the fairness is certainly a close No. 2 on that list. We're trying to come up with rules and guidelines that don't give players a distinct advantage because of their equipment."


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Goalie Gear

from Ben Arledge of ESPN,

Equipment evolves with every season, and even though many goaltenders tend to shy away from major change, regulations around the equipment continue. This leaves many with no choice but to adhere and make alterations to their gear and, as a result, how they wear it. Time will tell just how much the newest chest protector regulations truly impact each goalie's setup and personal preference in how they wear it.

Based on what our panel of goalies indicated however, it would be shocking if anyone made any major changes.


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Afternoon Line- Carey Price

“I know what they are trying to accomplish, I just don’t know if it’s happening. It’s such a small difference, I don’t know if you are getting the result you really want. It’s kind of hard to explain.”

“I am not saying the sky is falling or anything but I think we just have to make sure it doesn’t get carried away and that the guys feel comfortable because the last thing you want is guys moving away from pucks when that’s not what we should be doing.”

-Carey Price on the new chest protector.  Kevin Woodley of inGoal has more.

added 1:25pm,


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Video- adidas And What If Hockey

PORTLAND, Ore. / NEW YORK, N.Y. (October 4, 2017) – Celebrating creativity in hockey and the start of the 2017-18 NHL season, adidas and the National Hockey League (NHL®) today unveiled a new campaign titled “What if Hockey…” Some athletes evoke emotions, some tap into imagination, some challenge the status quo, and with each opportunity to create, these athletes are changing the game.

In a new :30 spot featuring Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, and Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars, adidas and the NHL celebrate the start to the 2017-18 NHL season through the lens of creativity. Highlighted by some of the sport’s most dynamic players in the game, the campaign showcases how embracing creativity can influence and redefine a sport by simply asking “What if…?”


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About Those Contoured Chest Protectors For The Goalies

from Michael Traikos of the Toronto Sun,

When it comes to reducing the size of goaltending equipment, the NHL is still trying to get smaller. But the deadline for implementing any new gear is also shrinking by the day.

After introducing form-fitting pants in February, the league was hoping to roll out Phase 2 of its lululemon-like equipment line in time for this season with contoured chest protectors that were tailored to each individual goalie’s body type.

The problem? The chest protectors are still stuck on the assembly line and might not be ready for the start of the season.


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Trimmed Down Goalie Pants Won’t Equate To More Goals

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Goal scoring in today’s NHL is on par with what it was in the early ’60s. For all the game’s added speed, power, and flash, goal scoring today is where it was in the leather-skate and wooden-stick era. One of the game’s greatest entertainment factors has been greatly diminished.

Will the nip and tuck in goalie equipment help change that trend? Probably not.

“We have no expectations with regards to goal scoring,” said Whitmore, “and realize it could actually make the goalies quicker and better.”

He could be right. The use of lightweight, highly protective material in the manufacturing of goalie equipment over the last 30-plus years has helped revolutionize the position. Trimming back pants and various pads may take away a goalie’s bulk blocking ability, but it could allow the goalie to be faster, more agile, potentially negating whatever net gain in goal scoring might have been realized from downsized equipment

Goalies in Davidson’s playing days, for instance, wore heavy leg pads filled with horsehair. Wrapped in leather, they absorbed water, adding weight that made it more difficult to move.


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Goalie Equipment Is A Work In Progress

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

This will tell you all you need to know about the NHL’s interminable squabbling over goalies and their equipment.

Almost a year ago, the NHL pledged to finally wrestle this problem to the ground. To that end, they identified the goaltenders’ pants and their chest and arm protectors as their chief areas of concern, targeting the the pants first because that was, “the low-hanging fruit,” according to NHL goalie supervisor Kay Whitmore.

The new streamlined pants were supposed to be in place at the start of the season. Last week the NHL issued a statement that all goalies will have to be wearing the new gear by Feb. 4.

Six months after the fact, there’s finally a solution in place for the “easy” problem. The chest and arm protectors? Now, that’s the tough one.

“There are,” Whitmore says, “a lot of moving part there.”


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New Goalie Pants Mandatory By February 4th

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The Latest On The Change To Goalie Gear

from Darren Dreger of the Dreger Report at TSN,

I touched on this story Thursday in Insider Trading. Slowly, but surely, the NHL is making headway in its quest to fit goalies with anatomically appropriate equipment. The league had hoped to have the equipment adjustments completed in time for the start of the season, but red tape, manufacturing complications and buy-in from the goalie fraternity required more time.

A more size-sensitive pant is currently being distributed to NHL goaltenders as they are made available to the league by the manufacturer. A number of goalies have the new pants, but they are not allowed to use them until every goalie in the league has been supplied with the fitted protection. Once every goaltender has the pant, they will be allowed to practise with them over a short period of time before the change is introduced into regular-season play.

There is no official time frame on when the change will be implemented, however a source involved in the process says it should be completed in the near future.

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Thoughts On The Goalie Gear

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

As the 2016-17 season looms, there remains much to settle regarding pending changes to goalie equipment.

The tighter, more form-fitting pants will be worn…once everyone gets them. The hope is that’s in time for Wednesday. But it’s possible that doesn’t occur since Reebok/CCM ships from China and Bauer from Thailand. But goalies recognize this is going to happen early in the season.

The more contoured chest/shoulder protection? That’s an uncertain target.

Kay Whitmore, the NHL’s goaltending supervisor, declined to discuss the situation. A current NHL goalie, who says he’s in favour of the changes, said he “can’t believe how difficult” this process is.

One of the biggest challenges turned out to be with the equipment companies. There are four primarily involved in producing goalie equipment: Bauer, Brian’s, Reebok/CCM and Vaughn. (The latter two are the dominant retailers when it comes to pants and the chest protector.)

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