NHL Goalie Equipment Changes Beginning February 4th

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After significant delay, the NHL has decided to begin rolling out the new goalie gear. Rather than wait until next season, the NHL has decided to begin gradual rollout in mid-season, raising an eye-brow for many.

Last March at their annual meeting in Boca Raton, Florida, NHL General Managers agreed that goaltending equipment needed to become smaller, and thus initiated a plan to implement new streamlined equipment and tighter uniforms in time for the 2016-2017 season.

 

The Original plan was to implement the new goalie equipment this past September, before the World Cup of Hockey. After much delay, it looks like the NHL has decided to do a gradual rollout, beginning in early February.

Reports began to surface in August that the original goal to implement the new streamlined equipment in time for the World Cup of Hockey appears out of the question. At the time of this report, no formal agreement between the NHL and NHLPA regarding final equipment standards had been approved. Today was thee fist day Braden Holby and Philipp Grubauer could  examine and test the new pants.

Many have questioned the logic to rollout a new equipment feature in mid-season, and with little-to-no testing conducted by outside agencies.

By Jon Sorensen

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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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