Goalies to Wear Streamlined Pants Beginning With 2016-17 NHL Season
We have been waiting around for news on new goalie equipment standards for quite some time now, and it appears that TSN’s Bob McKenzie has finally cleared things up a bit.
Beginning with the upcoming 2016-17 NHL season, goalies will be required to wear more streamlined pants. This will be done in an effort to prevent goalies from wearing pants that are far too large for their frame, in order to offer extra coverage in the net. In addition, the NHL hopes that this will also help to increase scoring throughout the season.
McKenzie also notes in his tweet that the new streamlined chest protectors will not be available for the start of the upcoming season. We might have to wait until next season to see these changes in play.
With the World Cup beginning tomorrow, and NHL training camps just around the corner, you can bet that NHL goaltenders are using their new streamlined pants now to prepare for October.
NHL goalies will be wearing new streamlined pants to start season but new streamlined chest protector/uppers not ready to start this season.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) September 14, 2016