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When was the wider goalie stick introduced to the game?

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02-25-2013, 07:52 AM
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When was the wider goalie stick introduced to the game?

I suppose it was just an effort by some goalies to gain an edge, and it ended up being incorporated into regulations after its de facto adoption by a number of netminders.
But is there some old time rulebook conserved somewhere, that enforced the same dimensions for goalie and skater sticks?

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with all the other bulked-up equipment on the modern goaler, I'm surprised that an even wider plank of lumber hasn't made it to the arsenal.

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I suppose it was just an effort by some goalies to gain an edge, and it ended up being incorporated into regulations after its de facto adoption by a number of netminders. But is there some old time rulebook conserved somewhere, that enforced the same dimensions for goalie and skater sticks?
Im not sure, did a search, couldnt find anything... just that its one of those developments seemingly lost to the mists of time. Your quite correct that goalies did originally use a regular stick, anecdotal inf suggesting the dimensions started evolving & increasing in the early 19th century through the teens; the blade & paddle increasing in size progressively through the 20's & 30's. Maxing out at 15.5" long by 3.5" wide, Lies today from 11-15 compared to regular sticks which are not supposed to exceed 12.5" long with a maximum width of 3"'s; Lies from 5.5-7. Early images I found feature goalie sticks with a decidedly 'S' type curve through the paddle & shaft, slightly wider & growing fatter as time went by. Extremely low Lies, like a field hockey stick. An extra piece glued & taped down the front of the shaft and atop the blade, hand carved to be form fitting.

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Goalie Sticks

The wide paddle and blade was definitely used by Georges Vezina and George Hainsworth:

http://www.google.ca/search?q=george...iw=667&bih=444

Riley Hern - 1905-1910 era:

http://www.google.ca/search?q=george...iw=667&bih=444

Paddy Moran 1910-15:
http://www.google.ca/search?q=george...iw=667&bih=444

Actually rules are a different matter.

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