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NHL and NHLPA select goalie equipment working group @NHLdotcom
TORONTO/NEW YORK – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) today announced the formation of the Goalie Equipment Working Group, which consists of five players and four General Managers.

The NHL representatives include Doug Risebrough of Minnesota, Garth Snow of the New York Islanders, Jim Rutherford of Carolina and Brett Hull of Dallas (co-GM). The NHLPA’s Executive Board voted to select three goalies and two skaters.  Martin Brodeur of New Jersey, Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders, Ryan Miller of Buffalo, Dany Heatley of Ottawa and Mike Cammalleri of Los Angeles will represent the NHLPA.

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. 

“The NHLPA’s membership supports reviewing modifications to goaltender equipment provided the safety and protection of goalies is not compromised,” said NHLPA Executive Director Paul Kelly. “These five players, together with the general managers, will each bring a unique perspective to the goalie working group, and we anticipate that following the meeting there will be recommendations for the Competition Committee to review.”

“As we discussed with the Players' Association, player safety and competitive fairness are paramount whenever you're contemplating any change to the game," said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.  "By assembling this great group of former and current players to review goalie equipment, I'm confident we'll have the right recommendations to move forward both from a competitive and protective level."

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