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New Goalie Jerseys

02 October 2005 - 06:47 AM

TSN.ca Staff

9/30/2005 5:41:52 PM

The new National Hockey League is considering yet another major change in time for the start of this regular season.

TSN has learned that all 30 NHL franchises received new jerseys Friday for their goaltenders and while it's a longshot, fans could see them in game action on opening night.

The shirts are streamlined in a continued effort to reduce the amount of net they cover, and maybe even more significantly, they are different in colour and pattern like goalkeeper jerseys in soccer and would not match the rest of the team.

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist experimented with a practice version of the new jersey (pictured) in the warmup prior to Thursday's preseason game against the New York Islanders. (see the link)

Talk of the new sweaters began at the general managers' meetings in Detroit as discussions surrounded the reduction in size of goalie equipment. They left with a consensus to reduce gloves, blockers and pads and the manufacturers would look into creating a more streamlined sweater. The manufacturers made it clear that the tigher version would not look like a team's current sweaters, but the NHL gave them the green light to proceed anyway.

The arrival of the sweaters Friday morning was met with mixed reaction.

Some franchises reacted quite positively, recognizing the marketing potentional in creating a "goalie sweater" taking a page from the huge success of soccer. However, there's been plenty of negative reaction as well.

A number of general managers argue that there has already been so much change to the game that this would be too much, too soon, not to mention the fact that goalies will have little or not time to get used to playing in the new sweater.

"It may be too late to introduce the new steamlined sweater in time for this season," an NHL official told TSN.

"But rest assured, it is coming."

It isn't the first time this year that hockey jerseys have been re-designed dramatically.

In August, Canada's Olympic and world junior teams received new sweaters designed to be cooler, lighter and make the players faster.


...all a little odd to think about but i'd like to see how it looks first...

Player Ratings

17 August 2005 - 06:00 PM

What do you think players like Crosby and Ovekchin will be rated when they finally arrive in the new NHL games like NHL 06 and 2k6?

NHL on Verge of US Cable Deal

09 August 2005 - 09:15 AM

Report: NHL on verge of U.S. cable deal

Stanley Cup Final

Canadian Press

8/9/2005 2:50:27 AM

PHILADELPHIA (CP) - The NHL is on the verge of signing off with a new U.S. cable TV partner, according to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Comcast has formally submitted a two-year bid in excess of $100 million US to televise NHL games beginning this fall, sources directly involved in the discussions told the Inquirer in Tuesday's edition.

The deal calls for Comcast to televise two games a week nationally. The cable giant plans to put the games on its on its Outdoor Life Network, which is also available in Canada.

Comcast submitted its bid over the weekend, according to the Inquirer. The NHL could act on it by this weekend. The company is a major owner of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Comcast spokesperson Tim Fitzpatrick declined Monday to comment on the network's interest in the NHL. The NHL also declined when reached by the Inquirer.

If the NHL approves the deal, the contract will be forwarded to ESPN. In April, ESPN opted not to renew its $70-million option to televise the NHL for 2005-06 and 2006-07, but ESPN retains the right to match the new offer, a source told the Inquirer. ESPN has carried NHL games in the United States since 1985.

The NHL also has a national broadcast deal with NBC but needed a new cable partner after ESPN withdrew in April.


Thoughts: honestly, i didn't know OLN even existed before i read (it might have been here) that Stevens was on it for some fishing show in Canada...and i'm not sure its part of basic cable packages so how does this cut into viewership? and if ESPN already declined to $70 million renewal (then again that was during the lockout), will they want to match or exceed a deal of over 100? and i don't know too much about comcast so its an interesting situation...