Islanders GM Garth Snow and goaltender Rick DiPietro were selected to the new National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and National Hockey League (NHL) Goalie Equipment Working Group, which consists of five players and four General Managers.
The NHL representatives also include general managers Doug Risebrough of Minnesota, Jim Rutherford of Carolina and Brett Hull of Dallas (co-GM). The NHLPA’s Executive Board voted to select three goalies and two skaters. Their representatives are Martin Brodeur of New Jersey, Ryan Miller of Buffalo, Dany Heatley of Ottawa and Mike Cammalleri of Los Angeles, joined by DiPietro.
"It's a great privilege to be chosen as a member of this new and important committee," said Snow. "Issues surrounding goalie equipment have been ongoing for years, and we hope this group will help resolve some of those longstanding debates."
The Goalie Equipment Working Group will meet on June 11, 2008 in Toronto to examine the configuration and dimensions of goaltender equipment with respect to safety and performance. If the working group decides alterations to the rules governing goaltender equipment are warranted, and will not jeopardize the safety of the goalies, these recommendations will be forwarded to the Competition Committee for consideration.
Snow and Rutherford are both former NHL netminders, while Risebrough and Hull had extended NHL careers as forwards.