A couple people on the board asked me to throw some of my goaltending specific comments into the fan posts section. I have some time today, so I figured I would get them done all on at once. Enjoy!
all nhl goalie leg pad faces must have a maximum width of 11" or less. This is down from 12" as mandated in rule 11.2: "The leg guards worn by goalkeepers shall not exceed eleven inches (11’’) in extreme width when on the leg of the player."
below is a comparison of the old 12" pads, versus the current 11" pads on the right
while decreasing pad surface serves to lower blocking ability (in the hope to increase scoring), it also increases mobility, making the goaltender quicker.