IIHF allowing oversized equipment in Turin Games

During a meeting in Portugal between the National Hockey League, NHL Players’ Association and International Ice Hockey Federation, it became clear the international hockey stage is not ready for all of the changes adopted by the NHL.

NHL deputy commissioner, Bill Daly tells Sportsnet the IIHF will stick to its goalie equipment sizing standards, meaning the majority of goalies who will be playing in the Olympics will be faced with having to make decision whether to change their equipment and “upsize” just for the Games in Turin 2006.


What a way to screw up the goalies. They will be used to the smaller, lighter equipment. This equipment sizing leads to a bigger problem. The NHL and the IIHF/the rest of the world are basically breaking apart. I’d like your feedback on the two powerful entities breaking apart slowly.

12 Responses to IIHF allowing oversized equipment in Turin Games

  1. JannettyTheRocker says:

    Majority of the goaltenders who will go to Turin will be NHL goaltenders, and I am sure they will want to keep the equipment that they have been using all season long. Those goalies that are from leagues outside the NHL are generally on weaker non-traditional/non-contending teams. So I say, let the German goaltender wear bloated equipment; let the NHL goalies have freedom of choice as to equipment size in Turin……..As long as they follow the rules while in the NHL, I don’t see what the problem would be.

  2. detY192003 says:

    I agree with Janny up above me….Broduer will still be better then the german Goalie….wait isnt that Olzig…..either way…he sucks….Brodeur 4 life 🙂

  3. JannettyTheRocker says:

    You got me there. Forgot that Germany had Kolzig…..but you’re right, he sucks……Brodeur is King.

  4. detY192003 says:

    You know..I want to say something. Broduer is getting screwed. He could have every record of Roy’s. But hes gone thru a season long lockout. Now…tho i think he can still do it…but will have a lesser of a chance to break Roy’s records. I think thats crap. But im saying is Now…Broduer is just as equal…or better than Roy ( I love Roy dont get me wrong..hes freakign amazing)

  5. dcz28 says:

    I saw a show i think it was on the NHL channel and they were talking about the size of the goalie equipment and what some of the goalies would do for the Olympics and Brodeur and most goalies in the league are keeping the old equipment with them and will use the old one for the Olympic if they could which now they can…Hasek just before the camp had the new ones and old and would use them both in a practice

    I think the IIHF wants to wait before making the changes that the NHL is doing…if they would have made the nets bigger do you think the IIHF would have done the same for the Olympics? i dont think they would have for the next one if the NHL has stuck

    with it then it will be changed

    I would not say the IIHF is comming undone but they seem to have more friction then before with the some countries

  6. detY192003 says:

    THis will be interesting down the road. BUt have you wondered…how long will these rules last. I think right now there just to get the game back to the fans…but i honestly dont think these rules will last long at all

  7. dcz28 says:

    I dont know if they will last…that will depend on how the game changes (good or bad) and how the fans react to them

  8. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    wow the IIHF is trying to destroy hockey???? hate to you unless your russian the hockey fans like offensive style of hockey.

  9. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    in my view there are arguments to support roy, to support brodeur and its even either way. brodeur had better defence roy had better offence etc…. but in my opinion roy is second best all time only to terry sawchuck

  10. burnz30 says:

    I don’t think that the NHL goalies will switch to the larger equipment for the olympics. That would only screw them up. They should be used to the new stuff after 5-6 months of using it, and I can’t see them wanting to switch back to the old pads for 2 weeks. It would be pretty hard to go from the new pads for the beginning of the season, then go the the larger pads for 2 weeks, and then go back to the small pads for the rest of the year. The Olympics are too short to try to get accustoned to the old stuff again. Every game in the Olympics is important, and the gaolies will go with what they are most comfortable with. I don’t think that it will be a huge issue because all the contending teams will have NHL goalies, and they will probably make the same decision (to wear the bigger pads or not). The “also-ran” teams are so far behind the top teams that having a goalie with bigger pads isn’t an issue.

  11. burnz30 says:

    19AVSFANFoLIFE19 is right. Terry Sawchuck is the greates goalie, ever!!! Sachuck played in an era when goalies didn’t wear masks. I would put Sawchuk’s 103 shutouts against Roy’s 66 anyday. Sawchuk also won more cups. Sawchuk also played in an era when teams only played 70 games, while Roy played when they played 82 games. I think Bodeur is better than Roy.

  12. detY192003 says:

    wow…I did forget about Sawchuck…I tend to forget about the Oldies yet goodies. well..i just wanted to make a pitch for Broduer 🙂

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