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Fat Guy in a Little Goal

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
As I've written about in the past, one of my jobs with the Ducks is periodically checking the Contact Us emails that come to us through this website. Those emails, as you can imagine, cover a wide range of topics that include autograph requests, general questions, occasional complaints and, sometimes, legitimately inspirational stories.


The one we received this morning ... I'll let it speak for itself:

Hello Anaheim Ducks!

I was watching TV the other day, and saw a show called "My 600 Pound Life," about extraordinarily obese people trying to lose weight. These are the type of people that can't fit through regular doors, need special beds and equipment, and the like.

I am not a huge hockey fan, but am familiar with the sport, though not all the rules, regulations, and nuances. Is there anything in the rulebook that would prevent a hockey team from employing one of these mega-obese people as a goalie? Some of them are so huge that, especially once they are wearing pads and a uniform, pretty much the entire goal, if not the entire goal, would be blocked if you just plopped one of these guys down on the ice in front of the net!

Pretty much the entire goal, if not the entire goal, would be blocked if you just plopped one of these guys down on the ice in front of the net! 
I realize that this goaltender would be completely immobile, and there would be a bit of loss of strategy, as the goaltender often skates out to get the puck and pass to a teammate, and this wouldn't be possible. While this might lead to a decrease in offense, who cares, since if you generally never give up any goals at all, you only need to get one goal to win!

Admittedly, it would look silly, and this extremely overweight person would need help getting on and off the ice, but if the end result is wins, then so what if the goalie looks a bit ridiculous?

Have the Ducks ever considered getting an extremely oversized person to do this? Is it allowed by the rules? I figured this would have been attempted by someone at some point if it was allowed, much like Bill Veeck put a midget up to bat at one point, knowing there was no way the opposing pitcher could throw him strikes. But, perhaps hockey owners are a more serious bunch, and there's never been a renegade owner willing to do this.

Please let me know your thoughts on this idea, and the feasibility of its implementation. Thank you!

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