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JUNE/JULY 2018 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM // 49 Today These days goalies can be seen sporting 'hybrid masks' that are made of materials such as Kevlar, carbon fiber and fiberglass. Masks today consist of a large cutout in the eye/nose area that is covered by a cage made of steel/ titanium to keep pucks and stray sticks from getting through. 1980s-Current Present-day blockers are now a combination of a close-fitted glove and a rectangular block of padding made of high and low-density foams and high-density plastic. In 2005, the NHL reduced the size of blockers to 15 inches. 2000s As goalies shifted towards a blocking style technique rather than reacting style, "box" style pads became more popular. In these pads, the edge between the pad face and the pad inside edge is square, maximizing the blocking area when the goal- tender drops to the "butterfly" position. In 2005 the NHL ruled that leg pads could be no wider than 11 inches. 2000s These days goalies are protected with equipment that wraps fully around the shoulders and extends down the arms all the way to the wrists. Foam-filled chest protec- tors were segmented to increase mobility and flexibility. 2000 2010 TODAY Once again credit Mike Karakas for the creation of the modern goalie skate. During the 1938 Stanley Cup final, a hard shot broke Karakas' toe. He returned from the dressing room with the toe of his skate reinforced with steel. Several years later all goalie skates featured a protective plastic shell similar to what all goalies use today. SKATES Goalies are better protected and more athletic, which makes things harder for shooters. 2000s Trappers in today's game consist of foam padding over the top of the hand in order to provide extra protection from rushes to the net, and is designed to absorb the impact of repeated shots. The NHL eventually ruled that the circumference of catching gloves needed to be reduced from 48 inches to 45 inches, which would make pucks harder to snag and thus create more rebounds. New chest protectors Modern goalie skates owe much to for- mer American goalie Mike Karakas.

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