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GM Meetings: Goalie equipment, high-sticking reviews recommended

Mar 20, 2013, 7:12 PM EDT

Some more news and notes to pass your way from Wednesday’s NHL general managers’ meetings in Toronto…

Goalie equipment

GMs have recommended to further reduce the size of goaltender equipment, according to NHL Director of Hockey Opreations Colin Campbell (courtesy ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun).

It should be noted this review will only pertain to specific pieces of equipment — leg and knee pads.

Kay Whitmore, the former NHL goalie who currently works in the league’s operations department (specifically with goalie equipment), first began implementing pad regulations in 2011, as seen in this video:

According to LeBrun, Whitmore says there are two recommendations on the table: 1) shortening height of goalie pads above the knee, and 2) make sure the knee pads are less bulky and more conforming.

The NHL confirmed this news via Twitter, saying goalie equipment recommendations would be put in front of the Competition Committee.

Here’s more, from the Canadian Press:

“Every little piece of goaltender equipment is now a project for a goalie to get bigger,” said Campbell.

Campbell said the instructions to Kay Whitmore, the NHL’s goalie guru, are “Do what you have to do within reason to make sure they’re still protected to reduce the stopping area.”

Current rules allows goalie pads to go 55 per cent of the way between your knee and your pelvis, says Whitmore.

“The feeling of the managers today was that that seems to be a little bit too generous and if we can find maybe a number that is a little lower that provides adequate protection then we’re willing to take a look at that,” said Whitmore.

High-sticking video review

Another proposal that sounds like it’s on its way to the Competition Committee: Video review of four-minute high-sticking calls, to determine who’s stick — an opponent’s, or a teammate’s — hit the player in question.

The high-sticking double minor (or, “extra two for bleeding”) results in a four-minute power play, which be a real momentum swinger, so it makes sense GMs want to ensure the calls are correct.


According to the NHL’s Twitter account, there were some discussions regarding certain aspects of the shootout:

It’s unclear if the video review idea will go to the Competition Committee.

One final thing to note regarding shootouts — according to Yahoo!’s Nick Cotsonika, Campbell said the Kaspars Daugavins spin-o-rama move would have been called no goal if he scored.

Why? Because he was interfering with Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask and in the crease before the puck was.

  1. kingsforever - Mar 20, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Someone should look at Antoine Vermette’s embellishment to get Richards into a High Stick call last night

  2. multiplemiggs - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    cant respect a sport that constantly changes its rules and divisions, they finally made it perfect after the first lockout and destroyed it with the secobd and are continuing to destroy it

  3. steelers88 - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Totally agree I hate how the NHL is turning into the NFL with it’s rule changes.

    • bensawesomeness - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:18 PM

      heaven forbid they turn into the most sucessful sport in North America

  4. csilojohnson - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    The Most successful league in the US will fizzle out at the rate they are going.
    Although I don’t agree with the goalie pad reduction or net expansion. I don’t see these rule changes altering the game to much.
    The NFL continues to create rules that leave the refs with a judgement call. The NHL seems to be working to eliminate judgement calls wherever possible.

  5. steelers88 - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Yeah I don’t like the idea of getting rid of some goalie equipment or getting a bigger net is ridiculous! I like the rules of the NHL just as it is.

  6. thehighcountrybear - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Get on the red phone to Gary…I’m sure he’s waiting for your input!

  7. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Absolutely a good thing. These guys are way too big. Reduce the equipment or increase goal nets a little. Said this before and will say it again. Average goals per game are down. Not good. Need rules changes to benefit the offense.

  8. isithockeyseasonyet - Mar 20, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Get rid of the shootout if you’re gonna make rule changes, such an arbitrary way to decide on a game…orrrr hey, maybe the nba can start determining games via foul shooting competition or an nfl field goal kicking contest

  9. steelers88 - Mar 20, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    I think the coaches should get 1 challenge each PD. I also think that every scoring play should be automatically reviewed kind of like how the NFL automatically reviews scoring plays.

  10. ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 20, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    I think they should reduce pad size just a wee bit

  11. shortsxit34 - Mar 20, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Goalie equipment has already been reduced twice since the ’04 lockout. Goalies quickly adapted and, if anything, got better.

    We don’t need more scoring, we need more scoring opportunities. If you’re dead set on increasing offence, go back to the standard of play we had after the lockout.

  12. spydey629 - Mar 21, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    I still like Brett Hull’s suggestion from years ago about increasing the size of the net… change the actual cage, not the size of it: If the pipe was 1-inch thick instead of the current 3, it creates an absurd amount of more shooting space without making the actual net bigger (I forget the exact percentage).

    What I don’t get is the pushback against hybrid icing. There have been some horrific incidents over the past few years that were caused by touch-up icing. The hybrid rule at least keeps the race for the puck, but gives both plays a chance to slow down and not crash into the back wall and injure themselves.

  13. barkar942 - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Hey- someone actually read my post from a while back. I have been arguing that when any player leaves the ice bloodied, there should be a video review for a high stick infraction.

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