How to Fit a Goalie Blocker
Goalie blockers come in four sizes:
In all four, the size of the blocker board correlates directly with the size of the glove palm—if you purchase a junior-sized blocker, you get a junior-sized palm, etc. Blockers should be purchased based on the fit of the goalie's hand in
the palm of the glove.
Goalie Blocker Sizing
To find your size, measure your hand from the heel of the palm to the tip of the middle finger.
Blocker Sizing Chart (in./cm.)
|Youth||43⁄4 - 55⁄8||119 - 143|
|Junior||55⁄8 - 61⁄4||144 - 160|
|Intermediate||61⁄4 - 7||161 - 178|
|Senior||7 - 83⁄8||179 - 213|
When fitting your hand to the palm of the blocker glove, we recommend that there be no more than ¼ inch between the tip of the middle finger and the top of the finger stall in the glove. Any more room than that will not allow the goalie to
grip or control the stick properly, causing the blocker to tilt or wobble on the goalie's hand when holding the stick.
The blocker glove cuff should extend two inches over the bottom of the arm protection in the chest and arm protector.
Choosing a Blocker Glove
Proper protection prevents broken or jammed fingers and unnecessary bruises. When choosing a blocker, keep the following attributes in mind to get the glove that best suits your game.
Blockers vary in how much finger protection they provide. It's important for the glove portion specifically to provide enough protection. The index finger is the most vulnerable because a goalie holds the stick with the index finger pointing down
the paddle (with the other fingers wrapped around the handle shaft). Consequently, finger padding is designed to protect the fingers while holding the stick.
In the butterfly position, the blocker is often angled to deflect pucks to the corner, leaving the wrist vulnerable to puck impacts. Most blockers feature an inner padded side deflector, protecting the inside of the wrist—as well as creating
an additional blocking surface.
The curve on the top of the blocker helps deflect pucks forward or upward rather than backward, toward the goal. While curve size is a preference, with the NHL's new size limitations, most blocker curves are fairly similar.
Blocker Board Position
The position of the blocker board in relation to the back of the hand is an important consideration when choosing a blocker.
Typically, blocker boards come in one of two positions: centered over the backhand or extended forward toward the fingertips.
A centered position gives the blocker a “balanced” feel over the hand. It's a good choice for goalies who like to play a “paddle down” stance when the puck is near the net.
The extended position typically moves the blocker board ½ to 2 inches forward from the centered position, “extending” the goalie's reach, and allowing them to block shots they otherwise would not reach, with the tip of the blocker.
“Paddle down” play may be more difficult with these types of blockers.
Bring Your Stick and Chest Protector When Selecting a Goalie Blocker
Given the construction and protection differences in today's blockers, it's important to try them out while holding a goalie stick and wearing a chest and arm protector.
Different palms, as well as inside wrist and finger protections, will affect how a goalie holds the goalie stick. Using a stick when fitting your blocker will help narrow the choices to only those that fit best in the hand.
Similarly, blocker-board position and the glove cuff will affect how the glove works with the goalie's chest and arm protector. For the most accurate (and protective) fit, be sure to try on the blocker while wearing your chest protector.
Regular and Full Right Goalie Blockers
When purchasing a blocker online, it's necessary to specify in which hand you hold your goalie stick:
Regular-Handed sticks are held in the goalie's right hand and feature a left-handed curve for shooting and passing.
Full Right-handed sticks are held in the goalie's left hand a feature a right-handed curve for shooting and passing.
One of the more difficult aspects of playing goalie is to stop or play the puck effectively with one hand on the stick. This skill takes both the strength to hold the stick and the security of having a blocker that allows the goalie to deflect the
puck effectively. With the emphasis in today's game on goalies shooting and passing the puck, it's all the more important to find a blocker that fits perfectly.
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