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SIZE MATTERS
October 13, 2003
The NHL is in the Dead Puck Era, and the key cause for the lack of scoring is that today's netminders use such oversized equipment that they blot out the goal. See for yourself
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October 13, 2003

Size Matters

The NHL is in the Dead Puck Era, and the key cause for the lack of scoring is that today's netminders use such oversized equipment that they blot out the goal. See for yourself

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BLOCKER
Luongo's is considerably thicker than Mio's on the underside by the fingers, but both blockers are 16 inches long by eight inches wide.

GLOVE
The trapping area (from wrist to pinkie) of Luongo's mitt is 18� inches; the cuff is 8� across; Mio's trapping area is 11 inches; the cuff measures 7� inches.

LEG PADS
Luongo's are each 38 inches in length and 12 inches in width, the legal limit; Mio's are 34 inches in length and 10� inches in width.

STICK
The dimensions are the same, but Luongo's version (foam injected into fiberglass) weighs about half that of Mio's all-wood stick.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Of the net's 24-square-foot opening, Luongo covers an estimated 14, leaving only 10 square feet of the cage open for shooters.

Mio covers approximately 11.4 square feet of the net, leaving 12.6 open for shooters—26% more than Luongo does. Goals per game in 1985-86, Mio's era: 7.9. Goals per game in 2002-03, Luongo's era: 5.3. A 33% decline.

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