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Random Goaltending Knowledge of the Day- Pad Width

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

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while decreasing pad surface serves to lower blocking ability (in the hope to increase scoring), it also increases mobility, making the goaltender quicker.

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