More like the Loch Ness Monster, no?

Goalie pads are one heck of an invention for the sport of hockey. Not only do they make the game safer for goaltenders, they make stopping the puck considerably easier. Most goalies enjoy playing with them on for this exact reason. Jonas Gustavsson laughs at these defenders of the twine.

In the sequence with the Jets cycling the puck down low, Gustavsson has his paddle knocked out of his hands and – while he tries to regain his position in the crease – his trapper comes off of his left hand leaving him effectively helpless. Right?

Wrong. Watch.

Just out of curiosity, why was there no whistle blown there? I genuinely am unsure.

Comments (4)

  1. There’s no rule about blowing the play dead when a goaltender (or anyone else) has lost a glove. If a goaltender loses a helmet, play stops, depending on who has possession of the puck and whether they’re in scoring position (see Tim Thomas in the third period of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, last year).

    • That’s very interesting. Thanks Bob. I’m a little surprised there isn’t something for a ‘tender losing their glove hand, seems dangerous, particularly if there’s a scrum with skates kicking around and whatnot.

      • The problem is, it would become simple for a keeper in desperate trouble to conveniently lose gear to force a stoppage. That’s why the league needs rules against intentionally dislodging the net and such. It’s also why an immediate scoring chance takes precedence in nearly all situations, such as when a player is down and possibly injured… or even something as simple as delayed penalties.

  2. I recall a replay from many years ago of a minor or college goalie losing his trapper and then trying to grab the puck with his bare hand. I think it was his own defender that skated over it and cut all 4 fingers off.

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