How much does goalie equipment actually "protect" the GOALIE?
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12-02-2003, 12:42 AM
Join Date: May 2002
Over the last 20 years, players have gotten bigger, stronger and the sticks these bigger players use are much better than what was used back in "the day". Pucks are fired much harder on average than they were then. And yes, those new one-piece graphite sticks do add velocity to your shot.
There are some goaltenders who take the equipment way too far (Garth Snow for one), but most goaltenders have simply gone along with the times.
And it is not just the equipment either. Goaltenders have simply gotten better over the last 20 years. Patrick Roy created a revolution of goaltenders with his butterfly style. No longer do we see the easy goals go in that we did in the 80's because there are simply no stand-up goaltenders left to let in those easy goals. Seriously...watch tapes from 15-20 years ago...a lot of the goals let in during those days would have fans wanting their goaltenders murdered in today's game.
Oh, by the way, I hear lots of people complaining about Giguere's chest protector.... It is just thicker than what a lot of goaltenders use. It isn't wider, so it isn't covering more of the net. So why complain about it?
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