Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/23/08 at 12:22 PM ET
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
Goaltenders have an unusual relationship with their equipment. Some pieces—like Biron’s skates and pants—are preserved and protected like a favorite childhood blanket. Others are changed as often as a car’s oil.
In the case of Biron, he’ll typically go through three sets of leg pads, four catching gloves, four blockers, two chest pads and two sets of arm pads in a season.
Right now, Biron is breaking in a new catching glove in practice, while in games he still uses the one that worked so well for him in the playoffs last season.
“Probably in another week or so I’ll start using it in games,” Biron said.
“In practice I love it. In a game situation, you don’t have time to think.”
The same goes for Biron’s blocker.
“My new one feels really good in practice, but if you use it in a game and misplay the puck, it’s in the net,” he said. “You need to make sure you’re really into it.”
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