As the last line of defense, it is the goalie’s job to do anything and everything to keep the opposition from putting that puck past the goal line. In today’s fastpaced game, goalie equipment must be as protective as possible while still allowing for quick and athletic movements. In today’s game, the right protection is what prevents broken or jammed fingers and unnecessary bruises. When choosing a blocker, it is important to consider if it provides the proper protection for your inner wrist/thumb as well as your fingers.
Additionally, gloves also come with inside straps for extra support on the glove hand. It is important to have an adjustable strap for your wrist inside the glove. Some goalies wear these straps tight, and others wear them loose, but this extra support not only helps keep the glove on your hand but also allows better control when catching and shooting the puck.
The blocker and catch glove provide complete protection for the length of your arm and hand. The blocker is worn on the stick hand. It has a padded leather or synthetic leather palm to hold your stick and a wide solid blocker to deflect shots. The catch glove resembles an oversized first basemen’s mitt with a wrist blocker and is worn on your non-stick hand. Catch gloves have an oversized catching area, a molded one-piece thumb area, and curved palm and individual finger areas.
The cuff of the blocker and catch glove should extend one to two inches over the bottom of the arm protection on your chest and arm pads. Also, most players don’t like gloves that fit so snugly that their fingers feel cramped, so make sure there is a little wiggle room.
Blocker and catch gloves are sold in regular and full right styles. Regular is for right-handed players who use the left hand for the catch glove and the right hand for the blocker and stick. Full Right is for left-handed players who use the right hand for the catch glove and the left hand for the blocker and stick.
Goalie glove size is determined by age and size. There are four available sizes: youth, junior, intermediate, and senior. There should be no more than 1/4″ between the tip of the goalie’s finger and the glove. Any more room will not provide the goaltender with the proper amount of leverage necessary to close and control the glove.