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02-21-2013, 06:43 PM
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Why not make the nets smaller and allow goalies to wear 4X8 sheets of plywood?

Sound dumb? So would having the current amount of net to shoot at if you were starting from scratch.

Our forefathers knew what they were doing when they designed the game and that left a reasonable challenge for the shooter and goalie.

Today's defencemen, and forwards for that matter, wear more equipment than goalies did for the majority of time hockey has been played. Back when they had to protect the net and their heads and necks....which they now use to cover even more of the net.

Decide how much equipment is needed to play safe (One could argue it is pretty close now) and decide what would make a competitive sized net. Few would pick the present size. Add the amount to the present net to get back the extra blocked area and it would be about right IMO.

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