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League tells Dunham to alter goalie pads


League Tells Dunham To Alter Goalie Pads

By Arthur Staple

September 26, 2003

Garth Snow of the Islanders isn't the only goaltender making equipment changes. And he isn't the only one bristling at the new rules being enforced by the NHL.

After receiving his first inspection under the stricter enforcement by NHL operations director Colin Campbell, Rangers goalie Mike Dunham had some strong words about the league's crackdown.

"The first time a goaltender gets hurt, it's going to be very interesting what they have to say," said Dunham, who was told by former Ranger Kris King, Campbell's head of equipment enforcement, to remove the knee boards that stick out over the top of Dunham's pads. The pads came in at 38 inches long, the maximum allowed under the new rules, but Dunham changed from the 39-inch pads he used last season to get in line with the league.

"I hope this isn't a case where they've gone too far and there are broken knees or injured thighs from the padding they're making us remove," Dunham said. "It's frustrating that they keep picking on goalies. They always come back to the goalies to change stuff. The players have new sticks. They're shooting the puck harder than ever. I'd think the last thing you would want to do is take equipment away from guys."

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