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Kay Whitmore on Goalie Equipment Regulations and Sizes

Goalie Equipment Moving to Proportional Fitting?

Great video from on goalie equipment. At the end Whitmore notes that “proportional fitting” is coming…exactly what Pete Smith was arguing against in his interview the other day.

What do you think? Should every goalie have the equal opportunity to wear equipment that covers the same area, or should it be sized to your body? Is it fair to amateurs to change the gear every year?

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David Hutchison

David is one of the founders of InGoal Magazine which he began in 2009. Of course he finds time for some goaltending of his own as well, and despite his age, clings desperately to the idea that some NHL team will call him to play for them - though in his mid-forties (OK, late 40s) it'll likely be for a practice when everyone else on their depth chart has the flu and the shooter tutor has gone in for repairs.


  1. Regan Fletcher

    Pete Smith makes a fair point about not penalizing smaller goalies by forcing them to wear smaller pads but the argument doesn’t hold for upper body pads. if you take Lundqvist’s body pad on Legace or Osgood you end up with a disproportionately big goalie. also known as Garth Snow. the design of today’s pads allows a 5’10” goalie to close the five hole in a butterfly with 34″ pads. if you let that goalie add 4″ of length in order to be fair, then in effect, you’re penalizing the tall goalie by not letting him add 4″ additional inches.

  2. Will

    I don’t have a problem with this. I think it will actually help goalies as they will be more mobile. Plus, after further changes, goalie gear will be less of a hot button topic. Hopefully, GMs will stop drinking the Kool-aid on tall goalies. They’re not always better than smaller guys.

  3. paul szabo

    I believe the ongoing obsession with goalie equipment is a wrong-headed exercise by NHL administrators who see it as the way to increase scoring and make the game more marketable in the US. Defensive systems, obstruction (which in fairness they are trying to address, though with debatable results), plus the presence of so many huge bodies on such a (now)-small ice surface are greater hindrances to scoring. What do you think is the ratio of blocked shots to ones that actually get through to the goalie? My guess is about 5 to 1. That is no goalie equipment issue…

    • David Hutchison

      Fair comment – and I’m very curious on the blocked/shots ratio. I’m sure that must be available somewhere….if I find a bit of time I’ll have a look.

  4. Kris

    that’s kind of like penalizing someone because they are shorter/smaller. Set a pad limit OR how about this, set a limit on the added size you can add to the thigh rise!! THEN everyone can have the same size pad, and add up to say… +3 to the thigh rise. So if a big guy gets 38″ pads +3, well then the smaller guy can get 38″ + 3 as well. You say those tall pads wont fit the shorter guy?? Custom pads, you can have the knee lock moved so everyone can use them. I just don’t think the league is heading in the right direction on this. And the smaller more agile goalies because of this will be on their way out….

  5. Dan

    The length of the pads is an issue, but I think a bigger problem is the size of the pants and the chest protectors. I’m a goalie but the size of the equipment today is ridiculous compared to what it was even 15 years ago. Goalies look for every advantage including oversized jerseys which help to trap the puck and the thigh rises of todays pads is far too long

  6. Jason

    I think the arguement Kay makes for the Knee risers is wrong. 15 years ago if I would have had some nice pads on the knees…I would be shopping for surgeons to fix them. By adding a lift under the knee, it take a tremendous amount of pressure of the flexion of your hips and knees.

  7. Simon

    I think that the knee padding is more of a goalie physical health issue than a blocking area. The butterfly style takes a huge toll on the joints. If changes to goalie equipment are to be made, the safety and joint health of the goalie has to be considered above all else.

  8. Clark

    The problem is not goaltending. Its the fact that every forward is laying down in front of everything now days. Less than half of all shots get through now day. Maybe its time to look at players equipment.


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