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NOTE!! Overdrive does not fit the new Bauer skates without the cowling - yet. I'm working on some changes and hope to have something soon. In the meantime, I'm going to put up a page on these skates that will include why I think the no-cowling option is a mistake. As I understand it, CCM agrees and won't be going this route. More soon. J

Overdrive=Mobility+Safety

Widening out is dangerous because our legs are built to swing forward and back. Moving against this natural motion creates repetitive stress points. For goaltenders, widening out is destructive to the knees, groin, hips, and back because the moves are done explosively, repetitively, tens of thousands of times a year.
As well as giving you better mobility, Overdrive allows you to control your widening out, to reduce it, and often not even to use it by keeping you on your feet.

Below is a GIF of Jonathan Quick's injury, Oct. 13/16, and I've added a page called Injuries2 with clips of other goalie injuries.

You can see clearly how his right leg booted out as he tried to push off, and this is what caused the injury. This would never have happened with Overdrive. Now LA has serious goalie problems, their season is a big question mark, and a multi-million dollar goalie, the most exciting goalie in the game, is gone. He's had back surgery and groin problems, so this is definitely going to knock his game down a notch, permanently. Goalie injuries are usually the result of a build-up of strains and repetitive stress that ends with a seemingly innocuous move. The boot-out isn't that bad: not a lot of weight is on his right leg as it slides out because he is on his knees and the left knee is taking most of his weight, but it's the end of a long process with most of the damage happened earlier. Overdrive prevents the cumulative wear and tear that leads to injuries like this.

Update, spring/17- Quick came back and looked good, but it was too late, which was too bad for the Kings, because it cost them their season. Other teams are happy the Kings didn't make it to the playoffs, because they would become a very punishing team to play against. Beating the Kings in the playoffs meant you barely survived. Jonathan Quick is the heart of that team, and despite a great effort by Budaj, the Kings couldn't survive without him.

Update, winter/18- Quick couldn't attend the All-Star game because of a nagging lower-body injury, which is very likely related to this one. Generally, injuries are forever, but it's too bad he doesn't have OV, cuz it would protect that groin and allow it to heal. I loved watching him in his prime; he was spectacular.

 

Re: legality. Nothing has changed, but Overdrive is not ever going away, at least not until the shape of the foot changes and goalies stop moving laterally.
(Why? Because when a goalie moves laterally, the ball of the foot is driven into the ice. This will never change.)

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