YOUTH PLAYER AND DAD USE ASTM
TO HELP PROTECT THROATS OF GOALIES
(ASTM International, May 2016) - Jerry Ostrander figured something needed to be done after the throat protector on the goalie's mask of his then 14-year-old A.J. was shattered by a puck for the fourth time. Ostrander, a retired police officer, did not feel the kids were being protected and eventually took the issue to ASTM International.
Ostrander found there was no safety standard at ASTM or any other governing body for throat protectors. But with some help he began to develop a standard and started going to ASTM meetings with his son.
As a result, the ASTM approved a standard on March 15: F3165, Specification for Throat Protective Equipment for Hockey Goaltenders. The Hockey Equipment Certification Council (HECC) is expected to use the new standard and it may be adopted by other organizations.