I am curious to hear what the forum thinks on the pending NHL goalie equipment changes, and the impact that they will have on minor hockey goalies. If the move to bring in smaller pads (11" maximum), trappers, and blockers takes affect, then you can be sure that the minor leagues will be impacted in a huge way. As a father of a young goalie, I hope that the minor leagues do not adopt this policy right away. Think about the cost to replace pads and gloves! I estimate that the average loss to a young goalie would be approximately $1000. This cost could never be made up from resale, as the equipment would be ruled illegal in any association. I would bet that if this rule is adopted hard and fast, that half of the young goalies in Canada will either quit hockey or change positions. Most families do not have $1000 to throw away. You can be sure that parents will be outraged by any minor league that tells them that the new pads that they have purchased (and or gloves) for their little one must be discarded. Surely there has to be some time grand fathered into a rule such as this.