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NHL-NHLPA Competition Committee to discuss hybrid icing, visors and goalie gear on Tuesday

If you recall the result of the NHL's general managers' meetings in March--suggestions that the league should adopt "hybrid icing," that it should tweak goaltending equipment to lower thigh rises and slim knee protectoin, and that it should grandfather in mandatory visor use? Or how the NHLPA reponded with a de-facto, "Hmm, we should talk about this" level of skepticism? Well, the NHL and the NHLPA are indeed going to "talk out" the GM's recommendations at a meeting of the "competition committee" this upcoming week, and the PA named the representatives who will attend said meeting...

With the Competition Committee set to convene on Tuesday in Toronto at the NHL’s offices, it was announced Saturday that David Backes (St. Louis Blues), Cory Schneider (Vancouver Canucks), Michael Cammalleri (Calgary Flames), Ron Hainsey (Winnipeg Jets) and Alex Pietrangelo (St. Louis Blues) will represent the members of the NHLPA as the player contingent at the meeting. Mathieu Schneider, the NHLPA’s Special Assistant to the Executive Director, who is a non-voting member of the Competition Committee, will chair the meeting.

The Competition Committee has been in place since 2005 for the purpose of examining and making recommendations concerning issues affecting the game and the way it is played. The committee examines issues such as the development, change and enforcement of rules, equipment regulations and standards, dressing room and in-arena facility standards, scheduling and outdoor games.

The Competition Committee consists of five players as designated by the NHLPA and five club officials as designated by the NHL.

And, via RedWingsFeed, the NHL has essentially responded in kind:

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Hank1974's avatar

Goalie gear discussion again?
Hasn’t this been going on for over a decade.
The goalies will never get slimmer (even though it’s 100% possible without ever sacrificing safety).

Just shrink the goal posts to 1” in diameter. How many posts do we see get run a night? 3? 4?
With slimmer posts, that could translate to 1 or 2 extra goals a game.

I’m not looking for 8-7 games, but I think if the norm were 4-3, there’s nothing wrong with that.

Posted by Hank1974 on 06/01/13 at 03:29 PM ET

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