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Can A Goalie Be Too Big?

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Is is possible a goaltender can be too tall? At what point does a big guy just not have the agility to be effective? Ben Bishop of the Ottawa Senators is the tallest goaltender to play in the NHL at 6-foot-7. Talking to scouts, other goaltenders and goaltending coaches, there was concern about the size of a 5-hole on a big goaltender and the fact is, it just takes longer for a taller guy to collapse to the ice and close that 5-hole. Bishop said that’s something he has worked on and improved. Senators coach Paul MacLean doesn’t think a goaltender can be too big. “I look at (Bishop) and say, ‘Where’s the net?’ That’s not a bad thing.”

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Primis's avatar

I remember they used to say Roman Turek was too big.

They said Zdeno Chara was too big to be able to play defense in the NHL as well.

“They” are often complete idiots with no basis whatsoever for their opinions.

Posted by Primis on 03/10/12 at 06:03 PM ET

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