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by George Malik on 06/27/14 at 01:25 PM ET
Pardon the "equipment corner" note here, but I don't know if you're aware of the fact that NHL goaltenders' masks do not meet HECC or CSA standards for protection (those companies are the "Underwriters' Laboratories of hockey protective equipment") not only because the cat-eye cages aren't "legal" for non-pro-hockey-playing goalies, but also because there are no standards for testing the shells, cages or padding that NHL goaltenders' masks employ.
If a goaltender doesn't like the "ringing in the ears" that Kevlar and Carbon Fiber-based masks yield when they're hit in the temples, they can ask their mask-makers to use fiberglas, which is superb at dampening vibrations but isn't as protective as the other products; NHL goalies have no requirements whatsoever as to how thick their padding must be, what kind of materials they need to use to protect themselves (many goalies are still using masks that use shaved-down pink vinyl nitrile foam, and no player helmets utilize that material any more as it's way, way, way less protective than newer foams).
Per The Score's Justin Cuthbert, it sounds like the NHL's goaltending police will finally demand their goaltenders to protect their heads, starting next season:
That means the masks will be tested to resist impacts, and this is incredibly important not only in terms of protecting goaltenders from shots, but also in terms of demanding that mask-makers make their "lids" more resistant to those player-running-the-goalie impacts that result in concussions.
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