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01-16-2013, 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by CoopALoop View Post
Changed in the late 90's when standup goaltenders were beginning to get phased out.

Butterfly goaltending is far more effective than the old standup ways.

Also, other than C/A's, all goalie pads are the same size or smaller than the early 90's gear.
Length of the pads shot way up from the late 80s through the 90s. It allowed a goalie to go into a butterfly position and cover the entire bottom part of the net, where the majority of the goals were scored. Goalies were wearing pads to slightly above the low pant line. Now the pads go up to their shoulders!

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