ACHA Announces New Goalie Regulations for 08-09 Season2008-07-21
ACHA referee-in-chief Shane Hanlon announces goalie equipment regulations to be used in 2008-2009 season.
New goalie equipment regulations as directed by ACHA referee-in-chief Shane Hanlon.
The goalkeeper’s leg pads shall not exceed 11 inches
in width. The maximum length from the bottom midpoint
to top mid-point of the pad is not to exceed 38
inches. The boot of the goal pad is to be no less than 7
inches in length. The boot channel of the goal pad
must be flat or concave in appearance.
The goalkeeper’s blocker glove shall not exceed 8
inches in width or more than 15 inches in length at any
point. The flap protecting the thumb and wrist must be
fastened to the blocker and this protection must follow
the contour of the thumb and wrist. This protective
piece shall not exceed seven inches in length when
measured from the top of the blocking surface. Raised
ridges are not to be added to any portion of the
The goalkeeper’s catching glove may be a maximum of
45 inches measured around the perimeter of the glove.
The wrist cuff of the goalkeeper’s catching glove shall
not exceed 4 inches in width and 8 inches in height.
The maximum distance from the heel of the catching
glove to the outside edge of the glove shall not exceed
18 inches. Any bar or attachment (cheater bar)
between the cuff and the thumb only shall extend from
the cuff to the thumb in a straight line.
The measurements are straight forward and goaltenders that do not have the required equipment will be penalized and removed from the game. The new equipment sizes are identical to the NHL sizes. There is no problem finding legal equipment in any Pro Shop or on-line equipment store. The question has also been raised as to whether or not thigh boards are legal in the ACHA. The current NCAA rules do not have a provision for the thigh board, but most of the NCAA leagues made them illegal last season. In addition, they
are not legal in the NHL. The new NCAA rulebook will most likely have a provision in the rules making the thigh board illegal. If that is the case, they will be illegal in the ACHA as well. There is no issue however, because the thigh boards are easily removed.
Finally, the “Cat Eye” Goalie mask should be revisited. It is the responsibly of the goaltenders to wear HECC approved face masks. If there is ever a question, all HECC approved equipment has an approval sticker on it. The Goaltenders are NOT to remove the stickers. The Goaltenders must carry the burden of making sure that their equipment is in compliance. There are, however, masks that are the cat-eye style, but meet the HECC standard. These masks have an extra bar on the eye area that closes the gap to the approved opening. Here are examples of both legal and illegal cat-eye masks.