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FYI: Two-game suspension for goalies caught with illegal pads

Sep 16, 2013, 12:22 PM EDT

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NHL goalies caught using illegal equipment will be given a two-game suspension, writes the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman in his weekly “30 Thoughts” column. In addition, the goalie’s team will be fined $25,000 and the equipment manager will get dinged for $1,000.

This is not a new penalty, but it’s worth knowing/remembering after the maximum allowable height of goalie pads was reduced for the 2013-14 season.


The previous rule, instituted prior to the 2010-11 season, was that a goalie’s leg pads could not go higher on his leg than 55 percent of the distance between the center of his knee and his pelvis. If a goalie’s upper-leg measurement was 20 inches, roughly the average number in the NHL, the pad could not go higher than 11 inches above the center of his knee.

That number is now be 45 percent, so the same goalie will be able to wear a pad that goes no higher than 9 inches above his knee.

Friedman reports that former NHL netminder Kay Whitmore, now employed by the league as its goalie supervisor, will be traveling more this season to make inspections.

“It was made very clear that is going to be a priority,” Whitmore said.

Related: Goalies react after trying shorter pads

  1. skr213 - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Why on earth would it only be two games?? So if they use illegally large pads, that’s bad, but not toooo bad?? If a goalie is caught using illegal equipment, they should get 10 games minimum and the game in which they were caught should be forfeited.

    • ibieiniid - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      that always bugged me out about suspensions. they rarely benefit the team that was negatively affected by them to begin with, but whoever gets to play a team with a suspended player next gets the full amount of benefit. i can’t tell you how i’d alleviate that, but it seems dumb the way it is.

      • ibieiniid - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        excuse me. they rarely benefit the team that was negatively affected by the suspendable actions*

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      There was never a suspension for using an illegal curve, why don’t you complain about that too

      • skr213 - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:53 PM

        There’s a difference between knowing how far to bend your blade and PUTTING ON THE WRONG SET OF PADS. It’s not like, “oh, I put these pads on and then they just grew.” THE ONLY PURPOSE FOR PUTTING ON THE WRONG PADS IS EXPLICITLY TO CHEAT.

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:57 PM

        Oops, you kept the caps lock on.

        Right, the only reason to use an illegal curve is the same as the pads, to gain an advantage over your opponents, it’s the same thing.

  2. blomfeld - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    CHEAT …

    Cheating refers to an immoral way of achieving a goal, such as cheating on an exam. It is generally used for the breaking of rules to gain unfair advantage in a competitive situation. Cheating is the getting of reward for ability by dishonest means.

  3. kingfooj - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    even the eq guys huh. Those guys dont get paid enough as it is. Tender better be pitching over some nice steak dinners if hes making the dude give him illegal pads

  4. 950003cups - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    I hope Lundqvist has a few hundred grand stashed away for this.

  5. mathieug79 - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    At this point your the NHL is better off just suspending players for playing defense. This has become a joke plain and simple. Every year players/Goaltenders have to make adjustments due to Gary Bettman wanting more goals.

    • mathieug79 - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      Minus “your” not sure where that came from.

    • joey4id - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      Really sounds like you’re whining.

      • ibieiniid - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        really sounds more like who the f*** asked you?

  6. hockeyflow33 - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Aren’t all pads already cleared through the NHL? I know that’s been the case in years past, why should this be any different?

  7. rb5150 - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    This actually sounds a little out of line with other illegal equipment issues. Best case is illegal curve on a stick. First infraction minor penalty and $200. Second in the same season, minor penalty and $1000. Third misconduct and 1 game suspension. Each subsequent infraction in the same season and the suspension doubles in length.

    If an opposing team wants to challenge the goalie pads they should call for a measurement. If they’re right the goalie should have to take a minor penalty, leave the ice until he can get compliant pads (if possible, guessing this may only be likely a team at home-I’m not sure if a traveling goalie brings multiple sets of leg pads ), obviously a backup would take his place while this is going on. Pads would be measured before allowing a goalie to return. Then make escalating penalties and suspensions like the illegal stick rule.

    • skr213 - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      So the other team could have been cheated out of dozens of goals and all they get is a two minute PP?? This just doesn’t make sense to me.

      • huntermb - Sep 17, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        Dozens? I think you are way overrating the effectiveness of the rule change to create more scoring.

  8. Anoesis - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Easy to fix: Illegal pads discovered in-game results in a goal for the opposing team.

    • ibieiniid - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      ^^^this is why i said “i can’t tell you how i’d alleviate that,” up top. i can’t come up with anything less dumb than this.

      lol sorry Anoesis… but that’s a horrible idea.

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