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12-18-2011, 07:35 AM
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Rotating goalies

Knowing how hard it is for the human mind to stay concentrated for long stretches of time has any coach ever tried putting goalies in a regular rotation during games? By regular rotation I mean switching goalies several times per period?

Why are goalies expected to play 60 minutes per game, when the other players only play 30 second shifts?

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The Rangers did it just after WWII with Rayner and Henry. Not sure how many games the experiment lasted, but it wasn't that long.

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Knowing how hard it is for the human mind to stay concentrated for long stretches of time has any coach ever tried putting goalies in a regular rotation during games? By regular rotation I mean switching goalies several times per period?

Why are goalies expected to play 60 minutes per game, when the other players only play 30 second shifts?
Because goaltender's aren't skating hard up and down the ice; goaltenders have to expend high effort for a few seconds at a time when there is a potential scoring chance.

Effectively, a goalie is out there for shifts. When the puck is not in his end, it's like he's on the bench, except he has to pay attention (just in case) but he is otherwise resting for the next time the other team gets an offensive chance.

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The Montreal Canadiens, coached by Dick Irvin did it during the 1955 playoffs. The Canadiens used Jacques Plante and Charlie Hodge on a rotating basis for the first three games. Montreal won the first two games including a combined shutout in game one. After losing the third game Irvin went with Plante the rest of the way.

The Canadiens tried it once more in game two of the final against Detroit. After losing the first game they went back to alternating goalies in game two and lost 7-1. They went back to Plante full time for the rest of the series.

I got this information from the Hockey Summary Project and check the Montreal Gazette archives to confirm they did alternate goalies.


Semi-final

Game 1

Montreal 2 Boston 0

Plante 16 saves on 16 shots 47 minutes
Hodge 4 saves on 4 shots 13 minutes

Game 2

Montreal 3 Boston 1

Plante 6 saves on 7 shots 24 minutes
Hodge 15 saves on 15 shots 36 minutes

Game 3

Boston 4 Montreal 2

Plante 12 Saves on 14 shots 43 minutes
Hodge 14 saves on 16 shots 17 minutes

Game 4

Montreal 4 Boston 3

Game 5

Montreal 5 Boston 1

Plante played the entire game in games 4 and 5


Final

Game 2

Detroit 7 Montreal 1

Plante 36 saves on 40 shots 43 minutes
Hodge 7 saves on 10 shots 17 minutes

Plante played all of the other games

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Knowing how hard it is for the human mind to stay concentrated for long stretches of time has any coach ever tried putting goalies in a regular rotation during games? By regular rotation I mean switching goalies several times per period?

Why are goalies expected to play 60 minutes per game, when the other players only play 30 second shifts?
Ever heard of Mike Keenan? He had a quick trigger for pulling goalies.

Check out this Ed Belfour entry:

04/22/92: - (1m37s, 2/3) 4-5 2OT defeat at St. Louis (Joseph) [Replaced Hasek, replaced by Hasek, replaced Hasek, replaced by Hasek].

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