The first goalie pads, similar to those used in bandy and cricket, appeared at the turn of the century. As protection became more important, these were replaced by Bigger, stronger pads. Initially, these were made of leather or horsehide filled with felt, deer hair or sponge. But these materials would soak up the water from the ice and become heavy. By the late 1980’s synthetic materials became popular adding more protection and becoming much lighter to allow for greater mobility.

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