A piece of equipment only allowed to be used by the goaltender to stop high shots and cover pucks that are lying in the crease. Also known as a "trapper."
The catching glove has evolved over the past few decades into one of the most important tools for a goaltender.
In the mid-2000s, the size of catching gloves was finally restricted after goaltenders began sculpting and customizing the pockets and padding to their advantage.
Many goaltenders began using the butterfly style in the late 1980s into the 1990s, which led to more emphasis on the catching glove since players had to shoot high to score. Patrick Roy was one of the first to perfect the style and was famous for his glove-hand saves.