Slats Catches Cheater

Rangers GM Glen Sather catches Islander goalie Garth Snow with illegal equipment.

NYPost.com reports:March 21, 2003 — If a player is caught playing with an illegal stick, his team is penalized and plays shorthanded. Yet if a goaltender is caught with illegal equipment, he receives a warning and nothing happens to his team. Which isn’t much of a deterrent at all against cheating when points and a playoff spot are on the line, now is it, Garth Snow?
It turns out that Glen Sather was absolutely correct when he charged the goaltender with using illegal equipment after each of the last two Ranger-Islander contests, the 1-1 Garden tie on March 3 and the Blueshirts’ Garden 1-0 win at the Garden this past Monday. Turns out, too, that the Rangers’ GM and coach did more than talk about it. And you thought the rivalry – which is currently features the race for the final playoff spot – couldn’t get any spicier.

For The Post has learned that Sather not only lodged a formal complaint with the NHL, but submitted evidence to the league in the form of a dozen photographs taken during the March 3 game highlighting what the Rangers believed to be illegal add-ons to Snow’s pads and chest protector. A league investigation and examination conducted Tuesday in Toronto found Snow in violation of Rule 21C (v), which states, “If, when the goalie assumes his normal crouch position, the shoulder and/or shoulder cap protection is pushed above the contour of the shoulder, the chest pad will be considered illegal.”

“It’s not even that he stops shots with those ‘wings’ of his,” Sather said. “When he gets down in that crouch and those things pop up, a player carrying the puck down the wing has no net to shoot at. It’s cheating.”

But though the NHL rulebook states that a violation of Rule 21 carries with it a one-game suspension, the league followed common practice and merely warned Snow and the Islanders during a lengthy conference call that included league officials, the goaltender, equipment manager Joe McMahon and GM Mike Milbury on Wednesday.

“I don’t blame the league,” Sather said. “It’s Snow. He cheats. He’s been cheating his whole career.”

Perhaps there will be some pleasantries exchanged between the coach and goaltender when the teams meet for the final time, a week from Monday at the Coliseum.

My take: This guy does not even get fined or suspended? That’s crap, this guy has been cheating for games and all he was told to do is change equipment???? I see how Campbell is doing such a good job….I say Snow should be suspended for at least 4 games.