NHL looking for a reduction in goaltending equipment starting next season
BOCA RATON, Fla. — NHL goaltending equipment will be shrinking again soon.
Starting next season, NHL goalies will be will wearing equipment better suited to body size with strict new enforcements coming into place. Former goaltender Kay Whitmore presented the impending changes Tuesday morning, the second day of the annual GM meetings.
Whitmore says the change comes at the urging of some of the league's top netminders who want to show it's their skill and not the increasingly larger equipment that makes them effective.
Whitmore has been working with goaltenders across the league, including New Jersey's Cory Schneider, as well as the NHLPA's recently hired former goalie Rob Zepp to develop the new equipment, which will be in effect by next season.
Goaltenders failing to comply face a suspension and fine.
The league expects to have the new equipment in the hands of goaltenders by the summer so they can begin adjusting to the changes.
The Canadian Press
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