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Video- Corey Hirsch With His Ideas On Shrinking The Goalie Equipment

via Sportsnet,

Corey Hirsch explains how to make goalie equipment smaller without sacrificing protection, and how that can lead to more goals.

Great use of before and after graphics and what Hirsch says makes sense.


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Vladimir16's avatar

Plus form fitting sweaters. This is going to be interesting how the NHL handles this (or doesn’t). Also, whether the players union would fight the down sizing of goalie equipment. They want an increase in scoring so these geniuses keep bringing up the idea of making the nets bigger. Ridiculous.
Who the hell doesn’t want an increase in scoring? Remember watching athletic goal tenders? This could happen but I’m very pessimistic when it comes to the NHL and their decisions on improving the game with getting gimicky.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 02/18/16 at 08:13 AM ET

Hank1974's avatar

The changes are so simple and obvious.
The part on the trapper that is there only to block net is ridiculous.
As is everything else about today’s goalie equipment.

I’m with you Vlad. Not only do I want more QUALITY goals, but I want goalies to be acrobatic, entertaining and fun again.
Over the past 15-20 years, I’ve had my fill of belly saves.

I wish the NHL would consult with Hirsch. I hope that the league is at minimum looking at the same alterations he discussed.
And form fitting jerseys are a must.

Posted by Hank1974 on 02/18/16 at 09:53 AM ET

Nathan's avatar

Agreed, and Hank you said one thing that is key to me—it isn’t about the volume of goals, it is about the QUALITY. I’ll happily watch 3-2 or even freakin’ 2-1 games if the play has an emphasis on skating, passing, and shooting, as opposed to “whip it through six bodies and bang the rebound in.” A 3-2 game where a few of the goals are nice passing plays or D-Boss snipe shows is a lot more fun than what we have now. And even a 2-1 nail-biter where one or two of the goals have some flash and the goalies are making saves on big offensive chances is fun.

The problem are these games where every goal is a grind. It basically makes it to where there is nothing aesthetically pleasing to watch in games that don’t involve a team you root for.

And as you also say, I do think smaller pads would highlight acrobatic and unconventional keepers. Dominik Hasek could probably thrive in the NHL in his freakin’ 50s if they shrunk the pads.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 02/18/16 at 10:36 AM ET

Hank1974's avatar

Precisely Nathan!!
Your description of the majority of goals today is spot on. The game is a 3-yard dash and a cloud of ice-chips now.

I’ve always been a big Wings fan, but I’m still a bigger NHL fan. I used to get the Centre Ice Package but haven’t for years simply because the quality of the game suffers.
As you stated, there’s almost no point to watching an out-of-market game. Not when every game is a filled screens/deflection goals generated by endless cycling and blind cannon blasts from the point.

As you stated, I’d be fine with a 5 GPG average if at least 3 or 4 of those goals were quality, entertaining goals built off of passing, skating, sniping, dangling, odd-man rushes…pretty much anything more entertaining than 8 skaters in the crease causing havoc.

I just want more creativity in the game, and I want the best players to be able to use their skills to generate quality goals more often.

Posted by Hank1974 on 02/18/16 at 10:52 AM ET

topshelf14's avatar

Great suggestions by Hirsch.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 02/18/16 at 10:54 AM ET

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