NHL Addresses Goalies’ Stick Length
The rule — a 26-inch maximum paddle length — was addressed in a Sept. 5 memo informing teams the league would be cracking down this season.
Here’s more, from In Goal:
Just like any other piece of illegal equipment, if a goalie is caught with a long paddle in a post-game inspection, they are subject to an automatic two-game suspension, the equipment manager is fined $1,000, and the team is dinged $25,000.
Unlike a player’s stick, it is not subject to in-game measurement.
That news came as a shock to “roughly half” of NHL netminders that, according to one goalie coach, used sticks with paddles longer than 26 inches
Source: Mike Halford, NBC Sports