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by Alanah McGinley on 01/04/08 at 09:25 PM ET
original report posted 12:14am ET January 4th
From TSN via CTV,
Sources tell TSN that the NHL asked New York Islanders netminder Rick DiPietro to change his pads during the first intermission of Thursday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers at Nassau Coliseum. DiPietro played the first period in new white Itech leg pads, then returned for the second period wearing his old orange and blue pads.
NHL’s executive vice-president and director of hockey operations, Colin Campbell and Islanders general manager Garth Snow are believed to have discussed the situation after DiPietro was ordered to change his pads. The two are expected to further discuss the matter on Friday.
Update Jan 4, 6:25pmET: From TSN,
The National Hockey Leagues Hockey Operations department received and inspected New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro’s goalie pads Friday afternoon, and upon further review declared the pads legal.
Ordinarily, all new goalie equipment is cleared through Hockey Operations before its delievered to the teams. DiPietro was forced to remove the pads in question following the first period of Thursday’s game against the Florida Panthers because the NHL had no way of confirming the pads were, in fact, legal.
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