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04-14-2012, 07:43 PM
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Why can goalies never seem to take a hit?

Just noticed Halak take a hit from his own guy, didn't look all that bad, but they're replacing him with Elliot?

I've seen goalies take hits before and they always seem to struggle a great deal with it. The hits are usually softer looking than open ice ones that I've seen players take so much more often and just shake off.

Aren't their pads even bigger/better than the stuff non-goalies use? They have to absorb 100mph pucks constantly.

I don't get it. What am I missing?

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04-14-2012, 07:48 PM
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Yes they can absorb pucks, but with a goalie stance and the awkwardness of the gear, every awkward fall could be terrible.

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They're equipment is made to stop pucks, not take hits.

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Goalies usually get hit on the chest or head, while players get hit on the hips or shoulders.

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They're not wrapped in pillows. Their gear is designed to protect some areas very, very well from direct impacts, not from being tackled. Also, they're not usually used to (or prepared for) physical contact with players; they are focused on the puck and doing whatever it takes to keep it out of the net... They have to sit with their weight shifted and balanced as best as possible to be ready for 100mph slap shots, deflections, and screened shots...

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Goalies are also unsuspecting... a player is taught at a young age how to take a hit properly.

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A goalie's equipment isn't a bunch of feathers, it's freaking heavy and moving in them is pretty hard too, so by taking a hit it could really hurt with all that weight in the equipment.

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They're equipment is made to stop pucks, not take hits.
This

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04-14-2012, 09:54 PM
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no mouthguards either, that would suck

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OP has clearly never played goalie before.

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The helmets do not protect against the (back of the) head hitting the ice.

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Seriously, OP? Goalies have to survive 3-5 players piling on top of him at least a few times a game. They get physically abused plenty.

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The equipment is not designed to protect them from physical play or impact. It's designed to stop pucks.

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They get hit every game

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Being a goalie myself, I can say the OP has never ever played goalie before.

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goalies are busy concentrating on the puck, most of the time they get hit, they have no idea it was coming.

Skaters expect and brace for hits.

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Just noticed Halak take a hit from his own guy, didn't look all that bad, but they're replacing him with Elliot?

I've seen goalies take hits before and they always seem to struggle a great deal with it. The hits are usually softer looking than open ice ones that I've seen players take so much more often and just shake off.

Aren't their pads even bigger/better than the stuff non-goalies use? They have to absorb 100mph pucks constantly.

I don't get it. What am I missing?
Wow.

Put the equipment on for ten minutes sometime. You don't even need to take any shots. Just put the gear on.

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Wow.

Put the equipment on for ten minutes sometime. You don't even need to take any shots. Just put the gear on.
I recommend everyone who is into hockey to do this at least once. Put on all the goalie gear and play around for 10 minutes, it's brutal.

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04-15-2012, 02:20 AM
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Holtby took a pretty brutal hit today that snapped his head to the side and he recovered just fine and finished the game.

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How about instead of berating the dude you guys just help answer his question? Or at least, answer it alongside berating him?

Anyway, OP, goalies have their full attention and concentration on stopping the puck and thus aren't braced to take the hit. And the reason you can't compare this to open ice hits is due to a few factors, namely equipment. As effortless as their movement seems, the equipment is pretty handcuffing. Combine that with the fact that you're already most likely in some vulnerable position trying to make a save and you have a recipe for disaster.

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A goalie's equipment isn't a bunch of feathers, it's freaking heavy and moving in them is pretty hard too, so by taking a hit it could really hurt with all that weight in the equipment.
It's not freaking heavy. Goalie equipment is insanely light now. Goalie pads weigh around 5 pounds each, Blockers 1.5 pounds, trapper 2 pounds, chest/arm pads 5 pounds. Skates and pants are similar to players equipment. Helmets are the heaviest thing in a goalies bag.

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The helmets do not protect against the (back of the) head hitting the ice.
sure they do. They all have back plates which have a thick layer of foam and then a kevlar/carbon fiber shell on the outside.

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Goalies are pansies.

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They are also programmed to act like JFK taking a bullet in the head everytime someone breathes on them, so it's hard to tell sometimes.

I think when they really get hit, they just aren't expecting it.

(I've never played goal, but I have worn the equipment. If you're not expecting the impact, it's going to be way worse for you.)

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Think of a goalie like a defenseless wide receiver in football. Both are focused on stopping the puck/catching the ball more than they are on bracing for a hit. When you're not prepared for a hit, bad things happen. Simple as that.

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