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Players’ union names Competition Committee members

Jun 1, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT


The NHLPA announced this year’s Competition Committee members headed to Toronto for their meeting with the NHL on Tuesday.

St. Louis’ David Backes and Alex Pietrangelo, Calgary’s Mike Cammalleri, Vancouver’s Cory Schneider, and Winnipeg’s Ron Hainsey earn the honors. Those five will represent the players’ interests in the state of rules and regulations in the league and perhaps the most important guy there is Schneider.

Being the lone goalie on the committee means Schneider has to represent what other netminders want as far as equipment regulations and rules regarding goalie play. Expect him to face the fire when it comes to talk about reducing the size of goalie pads as well as talk about possibly eliminating the trapezoid.

Elliotte Friedman of CBC says the NHL’s representatives at the meeting will be Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider, Detroit GM Ken Holland, Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman, Nashville GM David Poile, and Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle. Referee Don Van Massenhoven will also be part of the meeting.

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Reducing the size of the goalie pads AND gloves plus eliminating the trapezoid are two things they have to implement very soon.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      What’s wrong with the goaltender pads now?

      • ddaveyy - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        What’s wrong? They’re huge….why do they need to go up to the groin, for one thing? When a goalie goes down, his knee is exposed, so why not eliminate everything above the knee?

        Of course, the catching gloves are huge, and the jerseys are about 5 sizes too big.


      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:35 PM

        Huh? There are already restrictions on all these things and they reduced the glove size several years ago.

  2. mnwildfan15 - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    The trapezoid has to go let the goalies play the puck!

  3. DTF31 - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    How would people feel about making the nets bigger? Nothing significant but say move the posts and crossbar out by 2 inches. Would make a lot of the current posts turn into goals.

    Goalie equipment isn’t really an issue as much as goalies being 6’3, 210lbs etc are and you can’t really implement a height limit on a goaltender.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      Until we start seeing most games ending 1-0 in shootouts, to me that would seem like the nuclear option. Not ready t go there. Yet.

  4. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    One change I’d like tosee the NHL make (and it’s fairly easy) when a double minor is called allow the team going on the power play to decide whether they go 5 on 4 for 4 minutes or less or whether they want to go 5 on 3 for 2 minutes or less.

    • therealdeal18 - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      Dumb. What team wouldn’t choose a 5 on 3? It’s significantly more of an advantage. The only reason I see a team choosing to play 5-4 for 4 minutes is if they’re down by 2 goals and choose to try and score twice, but even in that case I would go 5 on 3 then take my chances at even strenght to tie it.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        How’s that dumb? The team is going on the power play and the penalty is called a “double minor” not a 4 minute penalty, the team going on the power play should be able to choose what gives them the biggest advantage in their mind, which most of the time would be a 5 on 3.

  5. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    The size if the goalie pads? Lets see here…hmm…reducing the size would help but remember the style of goal tending has changed a lot over the last twenty. Goalies back then weren’t as agile as they are now and goalies back then played more of a stand up style of goaltending vs the butterfly. Goalies have evolved quite a lot. You can reduce the size of the pads and equipment but you can’t reduce the skill that the goaltender has. I would like to see the trapezoid go away. Either last year or earlier this year Marty Brodeur said a lot of interesting points as to why it should go away and I agree with what he said completely. Plus the delayed of game penalty for shooting the puck out if your own end should stay in effect. Sure players hate it but its in effect for the simple reason of it prevents them from dumping it over the glass when their tired or stuck in the end on purpose. As for visors let them be mandatory for new players coming into the league but for the renaming players who don’t wear one currently let those players be grandfathered in like how it was with helmets.

  6. nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    One immediate change I’d make is to the antiquated “drop the broken stick” rule, a relic of the wooden stick days. With so many broken sticks often littering the ice, I’d allow a player to take his pieces with him to the bench if he’s heading there for a new one, as long as he doesn’t play the puck. The purpose of the old rule is to avoid spearing situations. If a guy is heading off anyway, take your debris with you, when reasonably convenient.

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