Ben Bishop, meet Roy Worters.
You're 6-foot-7 and 215 pounds. Roy was 5-foot-3, 135 pounds. They called him Shrimp. He was the smallest player in NHL history. Like you, he was a goalie, and he tended the same six-foot-wide, four-foot-high net that you do today.
Imagine all the room shooters had to put a puck past Shrimp in his day. OK, the slapshot had not been invented yet and curved sticks weren't prominent, but it would be more than 20 years after Worters's career that Jacques Plante would bring the goalie mask to the NHL.
Worters also didn't have the benefits of supplementing his body with gigantic leg pads, massive pants, oversized shoulder pads and XXXL sweaters, the way goalies do these days.
Worters was wonderful, though. He didn't go to a Stanley Cup final like Bishop did with the Tampa Bay Lightning last spring, but he did win the Hart Trophy in 1928-29 and the Vezina in 1930-31.
He played 12 NHL seasons, mostly for the inferior New York Americans in the late 1920s and 1930s, and managed to win 171 games and register an incredible 67 shutouts.
He didn't play his first NHL game until age 25, and a painful hernia cut short his career before his 37th birthday.
Worters grew up in the same neighbourhood as Charlie and Lionel Conacher. Later, Shrimp would own a hotel in the Dufferin and Lawrence area of Toronto with Charlie Conacher called the Conroy. Unfortunately, Worters passed away at 57, but he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame 12 years later in 1969.
I wonder what the old Hall of Famer would think about the size of goalies these days and how they make themselves bigger through the tricks of the trade? Maybe he would have welcomed this week's news from the NHL general managers' meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., that goalie equipment will be streamlined next season.
Enough with the cheating. Put the skill back in the position.
Top netminders behind new rules
NHL goalies supervisor Kay Whitmore, a former netminder himself, explained how the change came about.
"The best goalies in the league don't want big stuff," Whitmore said. "They actually want to put this to bed forever and say, 'we're great no matter what we wear.'
"This started last year after competition committee [meetings], when we and the [NHLPA] agreed that things needed to be done with the pants and the upper body, and we've been working behind the scenes nonstop. You've seen the goalies involved: Cory [Schneider of the New Jersey Devils], Devan [Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild], Braden [Holtby of the Washington Capitals]. These guys have spoken out. It's a joint venture between us and them. We're attacking it together.
"You're hearing from some of the best goalies in the game and they think this is what is right. They want a level playing field within their ranks. They want to look at the other end of the rink and feel that the guy down there looks appropriate for his size, so that if a guy is 6-4, 250, he should look that big, and if you are 6-1, 170, there should be a difference between those kind of guys. That's what we're going after."
If a goalie is caught next season using equipment that is too large, he could face a two-game suspension. We could see the implementation of the new rules in time for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, but for sure by next season.
We won't see goalies like Shrimp anymore, but this is a good start.