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Shrink The Goaltending Gear

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Before we talk about the imminent future of goaltending equipment, as if it was truly about to change, let us first get to straightening out the past.

You know, the last 15 years or so, where the goalies union — heavily enabled by the National Hockey League Players Association — buffaloed the entire hockey world into believing that XXXXL jerseys, clown pants, binder-sized blockers and Michelin-Man chest protectors were required for goaltenders’ safety.

Protection, they said. Who knew they were talking about their jobs?

The shots were getting so hard, the Goalie Guild fibbed, that this elephantine gear was a safety requirement. And we never asked how that same stick technology never made its way to the end of the factory where they make the goalie equipment.

We were scammed, people.


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Alan's avatar

Shrink the goalie gear too much, and it leaves them vulnerable to injury. If we reach a point where goalie gear can’t be shrunk much more, we are left with no other choice but to widen the nets.

Both of those options are things I’m okay with.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 11/11/15 at 01:24 PM ET


Shrink the goalie gear too much, and it leaves them vulnerable to injury.

Sure, but nobody is saying that they should be small, just not ludicrously big like they are now.

Posted by Garth on 11/11/15 at 01:46 PM ET


I think they can get a LOT smaller before we really have to worry about a significant increase in injury. Goalies will certainly try to sell that increased risk but I think it’s mostly bunk.

Making the nets bigger just seems wrong on so many levels. Changing the shape of the posts might not be a bad idea though.

Bigger bodies + bigger equipment with the same sized ice surface is bound to slow things down. Since we aren’t getting bigger ice any time soon, the logical answer it to attack that equipment.

While they are at it they might want to get rid of those hard shells many use for elbow and shoulder pads. Those cause more injuries than they prevent.

Posted by evileye on 11/11/15 at 03:30 PM ET

JBytes's avatar

Meanwhile, we have skaters sliding face first in front of 80+ MPH shots.  I guess those guys don’t mind getting dismembered?

Posted by JBytes on 11/11/15 at 03:34 PM ET


Meanwhile, we have skaters sliding face first in front of 80+ MPH shots.  I guess those guys don’t mind getting dismembered?

Honestly I wouldn’t mind some rules on shot blocking. Wasn’t it illegal, at one time, to leave your feet to block a shot. Shot blocking and stick in the lanes has become such an art, few chances get through to the net. I’m not sure you can really change it without creating even more murky areas for penalties though.

Posted by evileye on 11/11/15 at 03:47 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Goalie “Safety” is a load of b.s….....

How would reducing the size of the blocker & trapper be of potential risk to a goalie????

I mean, we’re not suggesting Jacques Plante style masks.

The height of pads can also be shortened by 5-7 inches , as well as the width by 3-5 easily without putting goalies at risk.

No No, let’s change the size of nets, call more penalties.

Also, while we’re at it, make goalies stop catching and freezing the puck, even when no opposing players are within 50 ft. Freeze the puck, and get 2 min for delay of game.

Posted by Down River Dan on 11/11/15 at 05:13 PM ET

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