Recently, a charging forward's skate ended up cutting an artery in the opposing goalie's leg. The goalie was taken directly from the ice to the hospital. This same goaltender was seriously injured a few years back, tearing his meniscus (knee injury) while attempting a save. Goalies too often sustain painful, and sometimes career-ending, injuries from poor protection.
Smaller injuries like bruises and cuts can happen with a hard slap shot if you are not protected.
New equipment designs allow you to extend side padding through the use of layered strips. Don't hesitate to add extra padding. A good trick is to apply thick one-sided sticky tape (Gorilla brand works well) on areas with little or no padding. Be preventive. To help keep yourself injury-free, customize your hockey equipment with these tips:
The goalie is arguably the most dangerous position in one of the greatest of sports. As a goaltender, your team's success depends on you, so follow the above points to pad it—or, as my old Canadian instructor used to say, "It's gonna hurt!"