League and NHL Players’ Association form group to examine goalie equipment

TORONTO – The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association are working together to examine the size and configuration of goalie equipment.

The league and the union have formed a group to look at the issue and will meet June 11 in Toronto.

The NHL representatives include Doug Risebrough of Minnesota, Garth Snow of the New York Islanders, Jim Rutherford of Carolina and Brett Hull of Dallas.

Three goalies and two skaters will represent the players – Martin Brodeur of New Jersey, Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders, Ryan Miller of Buffalo, Dany Heatley of Ottawa and Mike Cammalleri of Los Angeles.

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There is a belief among some in the hockey world that reducing the size of goalie equipment would increase offence in the game.

The idea to have a group examine the issue came about at the GM’s meetings in Naples, Fla., in February, where there was unanimous consent to do something about the size of goalie equipment.

If the group decides changes to the rules governing goaltender equipment are warranted, and will not jeopardize the safety of the goalies, their recommendations will be forwarded to the NHL’s competition committee for consideration.