By Garry Brown
© 2005 The Republican
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – At 6 feet 5 inches, 205 pounds, Brian Eklund serves as a shining example of a 21st century goaltender.
Long gone are the days of the little guys without masks, like Marcel Paille and Emile “The Cat” Francis. Today’s goaltenders are much bigger, much better equipped – and much better skaters – than those stars of yesteryear.
“It’s all part of what they want from us these days,” Eklund said. “They want us to be big and mobile, and they want us to look even bigger when we get in that net in full equipment.”
It works for Eklund, who is playing well for a young hockey club that has trouble scoring goals.
“I don’t think about the goals for, I think about the goals-against. I have to concentrate on keeping the team in the game and giving us a chance to win,” he said.