CHL considering ban on European goalies

The CHL is considering a ban on European goaltenders, meaning the likes of the Saskatoon Blades'...

The CHL is considering a ban on European goaltenders, meaning the likes of the Saskatoon Blades' Andrey Makarov would be unable to develop in the Canadian junior ranks. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:21 PM ET

If the Canadian Hockey League bans European goalies, it will mark a reversal in its treatment of visiting talent.

A few years ago, James Wisniewski of the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers was suspended five games after he called Slovakian Stefan Ruzicka a “Euro” and received a gross misconduct penalty from a sharp-eared linesman.

Now comes talk that the CHL will look into banning Euro netminders to correct a perceived crisis in developing top Canadians at the position.

CHL commissioner Dave Branch has expressed concern at the lack of Canadians making their mark, be it the NHL where the Vezina Trophy finalists all are European, to the starters on three of the four Stanley Cup finalists to the CHL’s top goalie, Czech-born Patrik Bartosak of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels.

Ex-pro Steve McKichan, who runs one of the the top goalie schools in North America and worked with Hall of Famer Ed Belfour, says it’s not hard to pin-point why Europeans, especially Finns, are dominating.


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