NHL Goalie Equipment: Why It Needs To Stay Big—Not Smaller

If you were an NHL goalie would you want smaller equipment based upon how fast and hard players can shoot the puck, whether it’s a blazing slap shot, or a hard snap or wrist shot?
The talent level in today’s NHL is heads above what it was; not just many decades ago, but within the last 5 years. And along with that the talent and skill level of goalies has skyrocketed as well.
Going back to the question I asked in the first paragraph—would you want smaller equipment if you were in the NHL?
I would say they don’t want smaller equipment if they don’t want to be injured. The second reason they want to do this is the lack of scoring in today’s NHL. It’s entertainment value they’re looking at.
If they want more scoring they better have better snipers in today’s NHL. That’s all there is to it. It takes practice, practice, practice. If they aren’t willing to do that then the NHL will most likely have the major companies who produce goalie equipment, reduce the size of pads, chest protectors, arm pads and even the size of protective pants.
Ex-NHL player Nick Kypreos chimed in on this and talked about the glove, and when it was used as a catching glove. He talked about the goalies in the 70’s who actually used the glove to catch pucks. In today’s NHL it seems to be used as a blocker, like the blocker on the other hand. This I do agree with Kypreos on, but only on this.
I must reiterate what I said before, if you reduce the size of protective goalie equipment, you risk injury that much more because of the ability of players to shoot the puck well over 100 miles per hour, and very hard.
Here is what I think should be done with the goalie equipment. By the way if they reduce the size of goalie equipment for NHL goalies that the same will done for minor pro leagues, top junior leagues and every other league that major goalie equipment makers produce.
Here is what they should do with current goalie equipment. They should redesign the equipment so it’s not as bulky and more streamlined. Not make it smaller. The same level of protection needs to be kept.
That way you reduce the numbers of injuries.
The Pet Peeve Of NHL Goalie Equipment: The Size Of Pads
This has been a thorn in the side of players, NHL officials and every other person who’s against large and bulky goalie equipment which supposedly reduces the ability of players to get the puck past a goalie and into the net.
The size of actual goalie pads has decreased over the years and the Collective Bargaining Agreement, or CBA has lets face it, dictated that a cap on the width of a goalie pad. That width limit is 28 centimeters. Or for those in the USA, almost 12 inches.
That I don’t have an issue width. The pad width that is. Where I have an issue is the length of the goalie pad. Yes, I realize there is an actual knee pad they wear underneath the pad to protect against errant pucks making their way between the goalie pad and the knee. There has even been some controversy on the size of the internal knee pad being too big. But goalie pads need to be bulkier in the knee area for protection purposes. Or streamlined design wise. Not smaller height wise. A goalie can’t win in the NHL anymore.
Protection doesn’t seem to be the riding factor anymore. Entertainment value for the bucks fans shell out does. That’s all fine and good. But where the issue is, is having proper protection.
The Height Limit On Goalie Pads:
Here’s some more craziness, or lunacy set forth by the supposed brain trust of the NHL, limiting the height of goalie pads. Five years ago the NHL put into place a rule where the pads could only be 55 percent of the distance between the center of a goalie’s knee and their pelvis.
Basically a leg pad can go only halfway up the thigh, and that’s why I think you require more protection from goalie pants. The powers that be in the NHL don’t seem to understand the absolute necessity of total protection for goalies.
By the way the limit on the height of goalie pads was reduced another 10 percent, to 45 percent in the last two years. Pure nonsense.
And at times goalie pads and equipment have been measured by NHL officials at random. Almost like out of the blue audits by the tax man.
It’s almost like, ”Here I am NHL, come measure my equipment.”
Next, they’ll be measuring the length and width of a goalie mask and neck protector to see it falls within league measurements and parameters.
In ending, two things need to happen here. Players have to be better shooters. They shoot harder than ever, but can’t hit the open pockets of the net a goalie does not cover. That means practice, all the time.
This may be a bit of lunacy on my part, but why not have a coach for shooting? Why not?
As for the size of equipment, like I said it has to be redesigned and streamlined, and not made smaller.
I live in a city where one of the major manufacturers of NHL goalie equipment is, and I actually should do an interview with them, and find out their thoughts on all of this.
But one piece of equipment that needs reshaping and design is the goalie mitt, glove, what ever you want to call it, so goalies aren’t using it mainly as a blocker, and are actually catching pucks. One other thing as far as streamlining and redesigning goes, it will make it easier for mobility purposes if pads, chest protector and arm pads are redesigned as well.

I played goalie in minor hockey in the 70’s, and understand the need for protection even if the NHL wants to keep it’s head in the sand.

NHL Expansion

Las Vegas and Quebec City
Which will get an NHL franchise if any?
But Seattle was also a contender I thought would make a better candidate for the NHL, and have more hockey fans dedicated to a team as well. But I don’t think that’s going to happen.
The two front runners seem to be Quebec City and Las Vegas. I am making a prediction that Vegas gets it before anyone.
The first three important aspects of expansion are—will the owners own the arena, who owns the team and can they support it financially along with the demographics of the city, state or province that they want to expand in. This excerpt I took from an interview with NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly who was on Sportsnet.
There are two cities as I said; really in the running for NHL expansion, Las Vegas and Quebec City. But ask yourself, why aren’t there any 4 major pro sports teams in the city of Las Vegas, despite it being the
epicenter for sports betting and sports books.
The NHL seems to think that it will persuade sports fans to become fans of hockey and watch the NHL, when that’s far from the truth. They’re looking more for market share. They already went into a number of US based markets and faltered money wise—like Phoenix and other markets such as Florida, Carolina, Nashville and Columbus thinking any market is a good hockey market, as long as the owners have mega bucks, and can get an initial season’s ticket base to satisfy the NHL governors, which consist of the owners of the top teams in the NHL, and the NHL executive committee.
One of the main aspects of applying to become the owner of an NHL franchise is giving actual statistical proof the team and business will be profitable. Not just can be. And they have to have a long term vision for the team and the community that actually will work. The governors will always have the final say, not Gary Bettman or Bill Daly who are the NHL Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner respectively.
Does Vegas And Quebec have the numbers to actually be profitable?
Las Vegas has major tourism and gambling, and casinos are the biggest employer in the area. And sports is big amateur and minor pro wise, but not one of the 4 major pro sports has an actual team in Vegas.
Now, as far as Quebec City goes, it’s hockey crazy, but doesn’t necessarily have the population base to support a team. Where as Vegas might, I said might be able to. Gambling on hockey is a tough game handicapping wise, and NHL players gambling in Vegas could be an issue as well as outcome of games being influenced by sports books, or criminals.
The Canadian Dollar’s Major Drop A Big Problem For Canadian and US Teams?  
One other big issue looming over all this is the Canadian Dollar. I looked at what the Canadian dollar is worth today. It’s 74 cents US. That costs Canadian teams more to operate and contribute less to league revenues as well. Players are paid in US dollars for the most part, and an even bigger fee was the team expansion fee of approximately 500 million dollars;which in Canadian dollars is $678, 210, 000.00
That’s 678 million 210 thousand guys.
If you’re canadian like myself you’re thinking you’re getting more money because of the exchange rate. You are, but all that money has to be turned over into US dollars, which leaves very little to play with and actually make a profit with. If you could pay your players in Canadian dollars and make a lot of money through other sources—such as ticket sales, events, concessions, team merch and so on to pay for all this, and come out ahead financially would do a lot to alleviate some of those money woes possibly.
I didn’t say being an NHL owner was a bed of roses awash in cash.
One of the only positive’s out of all this is, Quebec City has an arena in place already, and if the did not would result in many 100’s of millions more to pay out.
This all sounds very depressing but that’s the cost of owning a major pro sports franchise even if you’re a billionaire. There is only so much money to be spread around.
Before I leave this subject, chances are the American teams making the most will be propping up not just Canadian teams because of the weak Canadian dollar, but further expansion into Las Vegas or Seattle could mean further diminishing of league revenues. Especially if major teams aren’t in the black. Like I’ve said in other articles I’ve written on league revenues, what if there were no lucrative TV contracts?
Chances are there would not be any expansion.
There are many variables as to whether a market is successful in getting a team. This includes territorial issues for Quebec. If they actually are successful, that is Quebecor—the company which is a huge media and communications conglomerate, in getting a team will most likely have to pay out fees called Indemnity fees. All that is is just a fee for invading someone’s territory. That team being the Montreal Canadiens.
Th same would happen if there was another team in the Toronto area. An indemnity fee to the Toronto Maple Leafs of many 10’s of millions. If not 100 million. I think that competition is good. What? Has no one heard of competition?
It’s done in all kinds of industry. Yet the NHL is worried about their cash cows being slaughtered. I think it’s a form of corporate welfare.
There are many variables in applying to become an NHL owner beyond being a billionaire. I think they’ll go into Vegas before Quebec which will take longer in the process. As well, a market entrenched already as a hockey mecca would do well, even if the population base is smaller and dedicated.
The NHL seems hell bent on convincing non-hockey towns to conform to becoming NHL fans.
Both Bettman and Daly said that the talent pool in the NHL is better than ever, but I know enough to know if you keep on expanding you’ll water down that talent pool eventually.
NHL expansion has to be very carefully done, because Phoenix didn’t fare so well, and one of the only reasons it’s still there is the cash infusion the owners received from the NHL to the owner Jerry Reinsdorf if I’m correct.
I love NHL hockey and grew up playing ice hockey in a small town in Canada. Whether or not Vegas or Quebec City gets an NHL franchise remains to be seen, and if it’s profitable.
Profitability is more important than aligning the divisions with a new franchise and having symmetry number wise in each division, for regular season games, and playoff rivalries. There is also the issue of revenue sharing which gets sliced even further—and if a team loses money that negatively impacts the whole NHL.
In the end successfully bidding and ultimately acquiring an NHL franchise doesn’t guarantee a thing.
But being in a hockey based community that can support ticket sales and make the team and community prosper will have a greater effect on society, and the NHL.
Would have been interesting to hear from an actual Vegas Sports book on how viable they think the NHL in coming to Las Vegas would be.

We’ll see in the coming months.

How To Get Your Dream Job In The NHL Even if You’re Not A Hockey Player

Most hockey players won’t make a career in the NHL, minor pro leagues or even the OHL or college hockey. But a lot of hockey players or rabid NHL fans don’t realize that things are changing job wise
for people in today’s society, and they want a dream job, not a regular job at a factory, office or physical labor position, or even being in business.
Mind you if you do have a regular job you need to keep a steady paycheck while striving for your NHL dream job. It’s all about doing something you love, enjoy and understand to boot.
What are most of us when we watch our favorite NHL team?
Armchair quarterbacks so to speak. We seem to think we’re better scouts, GM’s and referee’s for that matter. Yes,  I do it all the time while watching the Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins or Washington Capitals.
Think about this for a while though. The wife says to stop wasting your time watching the NHL and not making money,  and wasting money on NHL team merchandise, tickets and going on bus trips to see the leafs. The wife is kinda’ right about spending money and not making any money watching hockey.
But how can you make money working in the NHL, or for the NHL in some capacity doing what you love, or even a business that caters to NHL teams?
Believe me there are ways to make money in the NHL. I’m not kidding.
Years ago I found a website that helps pro hockey players, amateur hockey players or just rabid hockey fans or hockey writers like myself, become scouts, agents, media and even hockey General Managers.
They offer comprehensive courses in these areas along with some of the top GM’s and agents who actually endorse these courses. For those who know Brian Burke who was the GM of the Toronto Leafs, he endorses the hockey and GM course. As well, Harry Sinden who was the the GM of the Boston Bruins endorses this course.
Along with this both Burke and Sinden actually chat with students online in seminars to teach students the tricks of the trade involving GM and Scouting duties. I realize all us rabid hockey fans see is the player deals or issues with regarding player salaries or things they do wrong.
The Hockey GM and Scouting course deals with everyday administrative and sales duties that delve into ticket sales, team merch, alcohol and beverage sales and event planning. So there is more to it than people think. And it helps you become a sales professional as well.
But you don’t have to necessarily become a GM, because frankly it seems rather boring, and I know it would pay a lot more. But wouldn’t you rather do something interesting and be a scout involved in the analysis of players, and eventual recruitment of players who become players on a team you scout for?
I thought so.
I know I haven’t told you the name of the site yet, but I wanted to actually tell you what it’s about.
That way you can make an intelligent decision. There are many scouts who give testimonials on this
course. You cannot just be a scout and GM in the NHL—but the AHL—which is the last step before
the NHL. Or you can become a scout in the Ontario Hockey League(OHL) or other minor pro leagues
or even junior leagues and college hockey teams.
Okay, the name of the company that runs this course is Sports Management Worldwide. It is run by Lynn Lashbrook who owns SMWW, and is an agent himself.
This looks like a great course, and I plan on taking the Hockey GM and Scout course.
Why continue just watching hockey at night and just making the wifey mad while you waste your nights watching games played by players who make a million dollars or more a year, when you can
get a cut of the action—doing something you love—as a scout or GM,  and make some cash as a scout
analyzing players.
Get started with a dream job you’ll love doing on the side, and make the wife happy, and make your friends envious who are rabid hockey fans like you. You might make a hockey fan and scout out of the wife.
You don’t have to be a genius to do this. And you’ll be spending your time productively in the world of hockey.
PS: You’ll see the top scouts and GM’s involved in the course as soon as you click the link above to the sports management worldwide course. They help you every step of the way see if you’re better to suited to being a GM, or Scout.
That’s how dedicated they are to helping people get their dream jobs in NHL or hockey in general.

Much success with your dream job in the NHL.

The Importance Of Scouting In Today’s NHL

Scouting in the world of pro sports and scouting the right players can sometimes make or break a team, and knowing how to look for the right players, or scouts for that matter is what’s at stake as well.
Heavy stuff…
But vital to finding the right players and keeping the talent pool on the rise.
That’s why I don’t want to see many players like John Scott who was all the rage at this year’s all-star
game in Nashville. Scott is a great enforcer for the minors, but other than that his skills are less than desirable for a lot of minor pro teams, or NHL teams for that matter.
But let us keep to what we’re talking about, the importance of scouting in today’s NHL.
In the NHL, a player’s ability to make quick decisions that result in positive results including goals,  or just being able to move the puck up the ice well can make scouting an important element of a players rise up the NHL chart.
Why Skating Ability Is A Skill That Overlooked By NHL Scouts:
Skating is a skill that is overlooked by many scouts for skills like puck handling, play making and goal scoring and physical ability to take or give hits.
Great ability or inability to skate and keep up to opposition players, and players on your own team can get you a low or high scout rating, along with not being able to see how opposition players are setting up their players for possible turnovers of the puck.
But an NHL scout needs to see that a player is improving in these areas and never gives up on the ice, working out and making inroads to become a better communicator, with coaches, trainers and other players.
That way a scout can keep these types of players on the back burner if they improve in the OHL, AHL or college hockey.
What a lot of NHL scouts are doing that’s detrimental to the quality of players coming into the NHL; are thinking that they have to get the best players when they’re really young playing minor hockey, there by owning the rights to these players.  Most players at the top of the NHL Food Chain—so to speak usually fizzle out and either strictly play minor pro hockey, go into other career paths ultimately.
At most a top NHL prospect becomes trade bait going from team to team at most.
This is why scouts in the NHL need to know how to hone in on what a player is capable of doing skill wise—talk to other coaches they had through the years, not just their current coaches, to get a handle of on-ice skills and how these players are with friends, family and if they have goals they are striving for besides being a pro hockey player.
 99% of scouts won’t be able to find a Connor McDavid who plays for the Edmonton Oilers now, or a Sidney Crosby for that matter. But what scouting in the NHL has done is systemize it so there is a rating system for players, and can be pulled up anytime through software to take a look at how a player is doing currently, instead of ‘wingin it.’
One of the best training systems for potential NHL scouts is through Sports Management Worldwide. Their scouting and general manager course can teach scouts how to identify not just the best players in the NHL, but players who normally don’t get scouted and would be well suited to becoming a strong NHL candidate, or a career minor pro hockey player. The scout and GM course will also give you the ability to run a hockey organization from ticket sales to selling team merchandise, setting up hockey events, and dealing with other GM’s and scouts in the business of the NHL.
The importance of being an NHL scout is even more prudent in today’s NHL to scouting the right players to improve the quality of the players, and prevent the watering-down of the game.

Total commitment to becoming a great NHL can be fun too to discover players off the beaten path, and enjoy the great game of NHL hockey.