How much does goalie equipment actually "protect" the GOALIE?
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12-02-2003, 04:26 AM
Join Date: Dec 2002
Broduer wears a chest protector that is several years old. The foam and quilting is compressed and very thin from use.
I suspect Giguere's chest protector rides up because of how he wears it. Some goalies tuck their chest protectors into their pants and belt them down. Others wear them outside of their pants and keep them loose. If you wear your chest protector outside of your pants, when you butterfly, it may get pushed up by your pants. His gear is legal, it just behaves differently because of how he wears it.
Snow conformed to the pad length regulations, but found a loophole. He's been adding foam to the laces of his skates to push his pads higher.
As for protection vs. size, every piece protects. Some also serve to stop the puck. Elbow and shoulder floaters are probably the pieces most oversized vs the amount of protection they offer.
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