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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Importance Of Thigh Boards

In case you missed it, Hank took a shot above his right knee tonight in Buffalo.  While he seemed to favor it the rest of the game, he shouldn't have any damage beyond a nasty welt come morning.

What's interesting about this incident (and equally scary) is the fact that had he'd been wearing a thigh board (see picture), he probably would have been fine.   

Of course, the NHL imposed a rule banning thigh boards so more goals could be scored through the five-hole.  The problem with this is when goalies are down in the butterfly, their upper knees/lower thighs are partially exposed.

Notice in the picture below how Hank's pads aren't locked.  This is where goalies can run into trouble.  The red line I drew represents where there is a lack of padding and probably where Hank took the shot.  The green circle is where the thigh boards would be attached if they were in fact legal.

Anyway, I just thought I would illustrate this since most people have never worn goalie pads before. 

From experience, I will say that when you do take a shot there, you're probably going to be feeling it anywhere from 1-2 weeks, depending on where you were hit and how hard the shot was.  Hopefully the Rangers staff comes to their senses and gives Hank the night off tomorrow.