Predators’ 6-foot-6 rookie Anders Lindback enjoying bigger pads
At 6-foot-6, Nashville’s Anders Lindback was one of the few National Hockey League goaltenders happy to hear the league was going to start using a sizing chart that linked physical size to equipment size this season.
It’s not that the Predators’ rookie backup was eager to jump to from the old 38-inch maximum to the 41-inch pad he is now allowed to wear based on the length of his legs.
It’s just that the massive 22-year-old Swedish stopper liked the idea of getting into the 39-inch pads he now wears because the knee cradle on the stock 38-inch pads he was originally wearing sat too low for him.
In other words, Lindback’s 39-inch Bauer is all natural – there are no pluses on the thigh rise to get to that height.
When your nickname is “Anders the Giant,” getting the right equipment isn’t always easy.
“It’s good for my knees,” Lindback explained of the inch he added during training camp. “I could probably use 41-inch pads without trouble but you never know when they are going to change the rules next time, so it’s better to stay with this.”
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Lindback was talking about his uniquely sized equipment as part of this week’s Ask A Pro segment, which allows InGoal Magazine readers to ask questions of NHL goaltenders and goalie coaches.
Be sure to check out more of his thoughts on a unique path from goon to NHL goaltender, including more penalty box time than puck stopping time right into his teenage years, and a variety of goalie coach philosophies once he did don the pads full time. And don’t forget to sign up for the FREE weekly newsletter by filling out the form to the right – it would have gotten you access to that story four days earlier, and the chance to ask goalies like Lindback, Luongo, Hiller and a whole lot more questions of your own.
Lindback, who says he is “not a huge gear guy” and just “wants to be comfortable,” also has length added (legally) to he arms of his otherwise stock chest and arm. He has been through a couple sets of pads this season, and two pairs of gloves. Besides not having any extra customized tweaks, the most shocking part of his equipment is the lack of a thicker-padded Reebok practice glove.
Lindback does, after all, have to face Nashville defenseman Shea Weber in practice.
That’s the same Weber whose slap shot actually went right through the back of the net while playing for Canada at the 2010 Olympics.
Lindback actually had a practice glove but got rid of it.
The temptation upon hearing that is to ask if he really is an old-school crazy goalie.
“I think it’s good to have the same feeling in practice,” he said matter-of-factly, noting with a wry smile that you don’t get stingers if you catch the puck properly in the pocket.
“So it motivates you to track it even better.”