Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/23/05 at 06:32 PM ET
Before we get started, here's a reminder of the goaltender rule changes for the upcoming season: * Dimensions of goaltender equipment will be reduced by approximately 11 percent. In addition to a one-inch reduction (to 11 inches) in the width of leg pads, the blocking glove, upper-body protector, pants and jersey will also be reduced in size. * Goaltenders may play the puck behind the goal line only in a trapezoid-shaped area defined by lines that begin 6 feet from either goal post and extend diagonally to points 28 feet apart at the end boards. Will the changes result in more scoring in the NHL? The downsize of equipment should mean something, right? I mean, you take away an inch here and an inch there, and the puck will find a hole, shouldn't it? That remains to be seen.
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