nhl debuts streamlined goalie pants

NHL Goalie

NHL.com (Feb. 3, 2017) - Opinions were mixed on the new pants NHL goaltenders were required to wear as of Feb. 4. The tighter, form-fitting pants are designed to streamline the equipment worn by goalies. The new pants have a defined thigh guard with a width reduced from 10 to 9 inches and they maintain a constant curve that doesn't flare out from the leg.

"Also, more sizes have been created to more closely align with the different waist sizes of today's goaltenders," NHL senior director of hockey operations and goaltender equipment Kay Whitmore, who is also a former goalie, told NHL.com. "In the past, companies basically fit every player in either a large or extra-large pant so the difference from the smallest to the biggest was negligible. We now have enough sizes to properly size all goalies no matter what size they need or company they choose to wear."

Almost 25 percent of the NHL goalies have been wearing the new pants and Washington's Braden Holtby (pictured) and San Jose's Martin Jones were not too concerned about the change. Arizona's Mike Smith didn't like the new pants and thought the change should not have occurred until the start of next season.

The NHL originally planned to make the change before the 2016-17 season but safety concerns with the new pants needed to be addressed by manufacturers.

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