Shown: the glove of Columbus rookie Cody Goloubef

Shown: the glove of Columbus rookie Cody Goloubef

I last played pro hockey during the 2008-2009 season, and had only started seeing some real safety innovations over the last year or two of my playing days. Kevlar socks were just starting to surface, and some players (hi) were wearing slash guards (as an oft-chopped offensive player, they were a godsend), and some others were starting to wear extra caps on their skates to make shot blocking less painful.

Steps were just generally being taken to prevent the loss of games due to injuries.

Well last night a Twitter conversation with @RedditCBJ@PhotogBlake and @JoshSmith29 led me to something I hadn’t seen before: an additional pad added to gloves to protect your paw when you’re blocking shots. The image you see above is a zoomed-in shot from @PhotoBlake, who took that picture of Columbus defenseman Cody Goloubef’s glove last night. The picture below is Derek Stepan, who also uses it (as a number of Rangers apparently do).

stepan mitt

In a nutshell, players shoot the puck harder than ever, as Marc Staal unfortunately learned last night. The better you can protect yourself, the more effective you can remain in-game, while ensuring that you actually remain in-the-games.

Comments (17)

  1. All the Rangers (except Richards) are required to wear the extra padding after last years broken hands.

  2. Rangers also require players to wear helmets during warmups. Would like to think they would require, or at least strongly encourage, them to wear visors after Staal incident.
    Kind of odd as it seems their attitude towards concussions is about 20 years out of date

  3. richards has it too now. check out getty images.
    if i remember correctly, the team required all players to wear the extra padding sometime early in 2011.

  4. Their farm team Ct Whale also has them

  5. Should these extra protections be banned though? If the league is concerned about the amount of scoring anything that makes guys more willing to block shots should be looked at.

    Can you have a “safe” game and a high scoring game at the same time?

  6. Crap. How about bringing back wooden sticks and taking a few KPH off the shots? As much as I believe in player safety, I hate seeing new protection in the bigs because it trickles down to the little kids very quickly. I’m coaching 8-10 year old girls and I’ve got some kids so encased in plastic they can’t bend their knees or stickhandle. And the best of them can’t shoot hard enough to break glass. I couldn’t give away a set of good shoulderpads to a 12 year old boy because they didnt overlap with his pants, they left an inch gap. Mom and Dad get paranoid, pass it on to the kids and the kids wont step on the ice without 100% coverage. Arrrggghhh. Let’s take away the “aluminum bats” in the name of player safety and keep the skating speed and finesse in the game.

    • Finally, the Major League Baseball analogy. I’ve been thinking about this for years. The only problem is you would also need to limit other equipment i.e. all the hard and bulky hard plastic or shots would become easier to block.

      • I don’t know how old you are Dave but can you remember fitting all your equipment into one of those “sausage” bags with the drawstring top? Yeah, I’m old, I can. Maybe if the shots slow down, the players will jettison the heavier plastic bits by choice?

        Hey, let’s propose a NASCAR-y type rule and everyone has to start with a Sherwood 5030, a torch, a vise and a file….

  7. Is it time to start reining in shot blocking? How about making it a penalty to intentionally go down (as it used to be for GOALIES in the 30′s!)? It would increase goals, improve play, and I don’t think you’d lose anything from the game apart from injuries.

  8. I have a pair of gloves (Sher-wood, I think) that were built like tanks. They were so hard, nothing was going to get through them. They had a pretty sizable cuff as well, and I appreciate such things, as I have a few plates in my wrists from a non-hockey related accident. But those things never fit right, and they didn’t get the use they deserved.

    (I know, cool story, bro)

    Looking at gloves the other day, everything looks so flimsy, and feels it too. Am I the only one who feels like gloves are becoming more streamlined for appearance over safety?

  9. I had a pair of these about 6-8 years ago. They weren’t as big as these ones but they still got the extra protection on the top of my hands from slashes and what not.

  10. I wonder how much these hurt when you’re getting face-washed after a whistle.

  11. Kyle Quicey is another who wears the added protection (or at least he did in 2010 when he came to New Zealand ) – a team mate of mine got given a pair of his gloves. Extra inch or two on the back of the hand.

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