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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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Bigger Goalies, Smaller Equipment

from Matt Higgins of the New York Post,

The N.H.L. and the players’ union are in the process of overhauling standards governing the size and design of goaltenders’ equipment. They plan to roll out slimmer-fitting pants and chest protectors and beefed-up enforcement during the coming season, which begins next Wednesday.

“It’s basically, we want to have fairness that your gear shouldn’t make you a better player, giving you an advantage over your athleticism,” said Mathieu Schneider, special assistant to the executive director of the players’ union. “The idea is that it creates more goal scoring as well.”

Despite an increased emphasis on calling obstruction penalties to open up the game, scoring has remained flat, and the league and the players’ union continue to tinker with rules. In the meantime, goaltenders continue to get bigger and better at stopping the puck.

Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning is 6 feet 7. The only expected No. 1 goaltender on an N.H.L. club who is shorter than 6 feet is Jaroslav Halak of the Islanders, who is 5-11. During the past 10 seasons, only one goalie under 6 feet — 5-11 Tim Thomas, with the Boston Bruins in 2008-9 and 2010-11 — has won the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the N.H.L.’s top goaltender.

“If he’s not 6-foot-1, 6-foot-2, in the draft, you don’t even look at him unless he’s really special,” said Martin Brodeur, assistant general manager for the St. Louis Blues.

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Sport Chek Brings The Players To You In Toronto

Imagine walking into a sports super store and seeing some of your favorite NHL players  Well here is your opportunity brought to you by Sport Chek.

Head over to the Sport Chek's Facebook Live Desk at their Maple Leaf Square location (15 York Street) to check out a very impressive guest list.

Who: Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lighting
When: Monday, September 19 at 2 p.m. ET

Who: Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers
When: Tuesday, September 20 at 5 p.m. ET

Who: Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames
When: Thursday, September 22 at 3 p.m. ET

Sport Chek continues to provide authentic, real-time content which resonates with their fans. This is why they've converted a traditional in-store broadcast desk into a Facebook Live studio, giving their customers the ability to engage and interact with their favorite hockey players, both live in-store and on Facebook Live. 

They also have a slew of videos at their YouTube page all bringing a positive image the players, both professional and amateur and also those who watch them perform.

My favorite which I have posted before, is below which I call meeting Steven Stamkos.

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The Goalie Mask Artist

from Tom Perrotta of the Wall Street Journal,

When Ben Bishop, the goalie for the Tampa Bay Lightning, received his new mask last year, he had a thought. The mask had a splotch of glow-in-the-dark paint on it, about the size of a quarter. Bishop liked it. A lot. So he called David Gunnarsson, the NHL’s mask maestro, with a question.

“I asked if we could make the whole thing glow,” Bishop said. “That was the first one in the league like that.”

Painted masks have a long history in the NHL. Gerry Cheevers, who drew black stiches on his white fiberglass faceplate, is known as the first player to doctor his mask, in the 1960s. Ken Dryden’s mask looked like a bulls-eye with Montreal’s colors. Ed Belfour’s mask had an eagle; Curtis Joseph, nicknamed CuJo, wore a mask with a rabid dog inspired by the Stephen King novel of the same name.

In today’s NHL, pretty much every goalie has a custom mask, except the details, themes, and colors are wilder and more intricate than ever. That’s because of Gunnarsson, a 39-year-old self-taught artist who lives in Sweden.

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Summer Of Change, Smaller Goalie Equipment

from the CP at the Globe and Mail,

NHL goaltending equipment will be shrinking again soon.

Starting next season, NHL goalies will be will wearing equipment better suited to body size with strict new enforcements coming into place. Former goaltender Kay Whitmore presented the impending changes Tuesday morning, the second day of the annual GM meetings.

Whitmore says the change comes at the urging of some of the league’s top netminders who want to show it’s their skill and not the increasingly larger equipment that makes them effective.

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Tailoring The Goalie Equipment

from Michael Traikos at the Toronto Sun,

(Kay) Whitmore’s goal is to make the equipment more representative of a player’s individual body type. He wants chest protectors that cling to the arms and shoulder rather than hang like drapes and for the pants to be more like what Justin Bieber, not MC Hammer, would wear.

Ultimately, he wants goalies to look different from one another. And, for a change, goalies want the same thing.

“I think we should all be on the same playing field, doing the same thing, and let the talent win out,” Cory Schneider, who is on the NHL-NHLPA competition committee, said during All-Star Weekend in January. “If you're talented, can move around the net and stop pucks, those are the guys that should be in the league.”

At the all-star game in Nashville, Whitmore presented prototypes of the new equipment to Schneider, the New Jersey Devils backstopper, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals, and Tampa Bay Lightning's Ben Bishop. They hated it. Not because it was too small, but because it wasn’t small enough.

“The PA and I weren’t super happy,” Whitmore said. “It wasn’t what we were looking for and the goalies agreed. Cory Schneider said it best: ‘It’s hard to explain what we’re asking them to do, but when we see it we’ll know.’”

The problem here is two-fold: in order to have equipment that is contoured to the natural shapes of the body, you have to physically measure every single goaltender to see what sizes they should be wearing. Then, you have to have to convince each equipment manufacturers — Bauer, CCM-Reebok, Brian’s and Vaughan — to design padding that simply protects the goalie rather than gives them an edge in eliminating the five-hole.

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