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NHL limits size of goaltender pads

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New York, NY (Sports Network) - The NHL has decided to place a limit on the height of goaltender pads. The maximum height for pads will be 38 inches, while the width restriction will remain at 12 inches. Previously, there had been no limit on the height and the league said about one-third of goaltenders wore pads that exceeded 38 inches. "Our objective in bringing in a restriction on the height of pads was to create a level playing field for all goaltenders without compromising their protection," said NHL Senior Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. "We intend to strictly enforce this new standard by measuring goaltenders' pads on a regular basis during the season." Teams will be fined $25,000 for violating the rule. Former NHL player Kris King will oversee the enforcement of the goaltender's equipment. King spent 14 years in the NHL from 1987-88 to 2000-01 with Detroit, the New York , Winnipeg, Phoenix, Toronto and Chicago.

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