NHL has scoring in mind with new rule

Goalies aren't happy about the NHL's decision to enforce a 38-inch maximum height restriction on goalie pads.

Updated: July 18, 2003, 11:50 AM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
The NHL wants to prevent its goalies from turning into "The Hulk," but the league's latest move has some netminders simmering with anger.

On Thursday, the NHL announced it will enforce a 38-inch maximum height restriction on goalie pads beginning this season and clubs will be fined $25,000 if a goalie violates the new rule. The league will continue to enforce a 12-inch width limit on the pads.

"What are they going to come up with next?" Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "We might as well dress like lacrosse goalies. Four years in the league now and every year they come up with new rules to try to get more scoring and it never works.