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We Could See Even Smaller Goalie Pads

from Eben Novy-Williams & Tom Keene of Bloomberg,

The National Hockey League may cut the size of goaltender equipment again after it shortens leg pads by about two inches this season to try to increase scoring, Commissioner Gary Bettman said today.

The league and its players’ union agreed this offseason to reduce the maximum length of goalie pads, according to NHL.com, after scoring dropped for the fourth consecutive season. Bettman said the league is exploring additional changes.

“We’re looking at other things that we can do to reduce the size of the equipment and open up more space to shoot at,” Bettman said at the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit hosted by Bloomberg Link in New York. “But we have to be careful because, again, goalies are important, valuable, and we don’t want them needlessly hurt.”


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Hank1974's avatar

Just shrink the damn chest, arm and belly protection. And force goalies to wear hockey pants that aren’t XXXXXL.
If you have a 32” waist you wear a medium pant. Simple as that!

I can’t believe I’m actually agreeing with Bettman, but he’s spot-on when he says:

...part of goalie equipment isn’t intended to protect the net against the puck.”

Posted by Hank1974 on 09/10/13 at 03:54 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

Hank, I agree. I want to see the goalies actually have to play goal. I get tired of seeing replays and seeing the goalie react to a shot AFTER it hits him because he didn’t see the puck and all it did was hit him somewhere. I don’t expect them to look like they did in the 80s but something has to be done on top of what they’re going to do this year.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 09/10/13 at 04:03 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

I used to have a hockey card circa 1979 of the red wings current goalie coach, Jim Bedard. In the card he was pictured in a Washington capitols uniform. He pads and glove and blocker are minuscule to what some of the goalies are now wearing. I don’t care how tall a goalie is, the size of pads , gloves and blocker are out of control and have been for 15 years. The materials now are 10X lighter and 20X more protective than the equipment Bedard is pictured in on the hockey card in 1979. Rather than constantly tinkering with the rules, bigger nets, less hooking, 1000x more power plays, why not just reduce the blocker and glove size to 1979 era equipment. Way to obvious for the idiots running the league??

Posted by Down River Dan on 09/10/13 at 05:41 PM ET

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