For the first time in League history, limits on the height of goaltender pads will be in place for 2003-04 season, the National Hockey League announced today. The maximum length of goalie pads will be 38". Last season, approximately one-third of goaltenders wore pads that exceeded 38".
Previously, the only restriction on goalie pads was that the width does not exceed 12". This restriction remains in effect.
"Our objective in bringing in a restriction on the height of pads was to create a level playing field for all goaltenders without compromising their protection," said NHL Senior Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. "We intend to strictly enforce this new standard by measuring goaltenders' pads on a regular basis during the season."
For violations of this rule, clubs will be fined $25,000.
The League also announced that former NHL'er Kris King will oversee the enforcement of Rule 21 - Goalkeeper's Equipment. King played 14 years in the NHL from 1987-88 to 2000-01 with Detroit, the New York Rangers, Winnipeg, Phoenix, Toronto and Chicago.