Really no reason pads need to extend that high.
The next time the NHL’s competition committee meets, they will once again be talking about scaling back the size of goalie equipment. And as long as they can keep goaltenders safe, I’m fully on-board.
It seems like what they’re talking about is shortening the length at the top of the pad, which would allow for a bigger five-hole, which means more leg-squeeze, which means more room on the sides. What it seems like, is a plan that would create a few more goals that wouldn’t take away from goaltender safety. Tough to complain about that.
Kevin Woodley of InGoal Magazine met with Cory Schneider, the lone goalie representing the players, who will be at the meetings. In that post, he talks about the proposed changes, which include: Read the rest of this entry »
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). Read the rest of this entry »
Above are the new pads of the Chicago Wolves goaltender (and potentially Canucks back-up, if that Luongo guy ever gets dealt), which are the latest “Brian’s”-made pillows to stand out from the crowd in the field of awesome. United, they make the Wolves logo…which you may have noticed.
Brian’s is carving out a nice little niche for itself. It was about two years ago when I was at the “Gear Expo” at the Minnesota State High School Hockey tournament when I came across the now-famous Heineken ones below: Read the rest of this entry »
Aside from Backhand Shelf, I also do some work for Easton, so occasionally I’m privy to a few sneak-peeks that I find to be pretty cool. The gloves above are, obviously, Zach Parise’s new Minnesota Wild mitts that Easton will be giving him on Monday.
As much as I’m not a fan of the Christmas tree jerseys, even I have to admit – those are pretty darn sweet.