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Brossoit on NHL goalie equipment changes

by Meg Tilley / Edmonton Oilers

Oilers goaltender Laurent Brossoit hit the rink to participate in some Oilers Hockey School on-ice sessions with youth hockey players in St. Albert on Wednesday.

As the netminder helps to coach young, up-and-coming players on cultivating new skills, he's equally aware of the 'newness' that awaits him, and goalies across the league, this year.

For the 2016-17 season, goaltenders will be required to wear equipment better suited to their body size.

"I've yet to see any of the gear, I'm nervous to see it," said Brossoit. "I don't know how much they've taken up, I'm pretty sure it's just the chest protection and the pants."

Reductions will be made to the pants and upper body of the equipment, thus cutting down on unnecessary "fat" which didn't serve to protect goaltenders, only help some gain an unfair advantage.

The call to action for the equipment change came from a number of the league's top goaltenders with an end-goal that would see goaltending position be more about skill and less about the puck ricocheting off enormous equipment.

 

"I mean we'll see what it looks like and I'm sure, like we always do, the goalies will adapt and be just as good."

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