Net voice: Brodeur added to competition committee
More shots, more scoring chances, more opposing players in front of the net. Life in the new NHL has been anything but pleasant, so far, for goalies.
If those obstacles weren't enough, the league's netminders also face the increased traffic with smaller equipment and less room in which they can play the puck.
Well, help is on the way in the form of two-time defending Vezina Trophy winner Martin Brodeur.
The New Jersey Devils star goaltender, who recently made it back from an early season knee injury, was appointed this week to the competition committee formed by the league and the players association.
"I am excited to be a part of the competition committee, since it plays such an important role in the future of the NHL,'' Brodeur said. "I look forward to representing the goalie fraternity as part of my role.''
Brodeur and Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco were two players directly impacted by the rule that limits where goalies can play the puck. No longer can they go below the goal line to get the puck in the corners. Instead, they can only stickhandle in a trapezoidal area behind the goal.
But at least from now on, goalies will have a voice in deciding what is best for the ever-changing league.
"We were all a little nervous coming into the season with the changes, not just one or two of them, but all of them combined, what it possibly could do,'' Turco said. "It's just the mental challenge after games and after weeks or months after some seemingly bad games, there's just nights that I've actually felt like I've played well and let in four or five goals. But you just have to let it go.''
In addition to Brodeur, the committee includes players Rob Blake of Colorado, Jarome Iginla of Calgary, Trevor Linden of Vancouver and Brendan Shanahan of Detroit. The clubs are represented by general managers Bob Gainey of Montreal, Kevin Lowe of Edmonton, David Poile of Nashville, Don Waddell of Atlanta and owner Ed Snider of Philadelphia.
Colin Campbell, the league's director of hockey operations, supervises and is a nonvoting member. Mike Gartner, the NHLPA's director of business relations, also is a nonvoting member.
The committee, established in the new collective bargaining agreement, consists of up to 10 voting members for the purpose of evaluating and making recommendations on matters relating to the game -- and the way it is played -- to the NHL board of governors
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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