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Lukas: Uni Watch 2009-10 NHL goalie gear guide

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I’m a goaltender myself and a huge fan of goalie masks and equipment. I found this gem of a post online tonight about what NHL goalies are wearing this year, compared to last year. It’s commented by a rep at Bauer so it’s quite thorough as it’s his job to keep track of this for future contracts.

Lukas: Uni Watch 2009-10 NHL goalie gear guide

Keeping track of NHL uniforms, which Uni Watchcovered Wednesday, is simple enough if you apply yourself to the task. But keeping track of goalie pads, blockers and catching mitts — arguably the most visually distinctive aspect of the sport — is a lot trickier. There’s no central registry, no official team or league style guides, and the goalies are constantly changing their gear.

Fortunately, Uni Watch reader Tyler Hull works for Bauer, and as part of his job, he keeps track of what goalies are wearing. So if you’ve never devoted much thought to goalie pads yourself, don’t sweat it — Hull has already done most of the thinking for you.

“Goalies mainly chose their pads based on their style of play,” Hull explains. “It’s the only sports equipment I can think of that’s based on the athlete’s style. I know baseball players use different gloves, but that’s more for position than style. Look at the pads we offer at Bauer. On the far left is the Vapor X:60, which has knee rolls and is a little softer and more flexible — good for goalies who play more of a stand-up or hybrid style, because they move around more and want that flexibility. On the far right is the Supreme 100, which is flat with less side roll, for butterfly goalies. The flat, hard pad helps them maintain the butterfly and covers more space down low. The red and black pads in the middle are our Reflex line, for goalies who like the mixture of a flat base with some give.”

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