47843Re: Hockey Net Size
- Apr 4, 2005Hey Jim,
Someone has to stick up for the goalies and be the voice of reason :)
As you've no doubt noted, there were only glib remarks and no logical
replies to why goalies are picked on. I understand that it is hard for
frustrated forwards (and they fill the hockey management ranks) to see just
how much goalies have improved in the last 15 years. I am just amazed that
they don't see the simple fact that if all proposed changes applied equally
to all players, the game would be exactly how we all want it, namely;
- reduce the size of all equipment. Make them wear 1980s equipment. Take
away the amour forwards and defensemen wear. This would reduce the stickwork
and allow more offensive play.
- call the rule book. I agree with Bill, the goalie should be gair game like
the rule book says, but then they need to call all the interference as well.
The goalies only started playing the puck becuase the defence are obstructed
from getting to it.
- get rid of all red lines (centre, goal line outside the net, and AHL
goalie movement areas). This will stop the dump ins which force the goalie
to play the puck.
- bring back the banana blade. It'll just allow the goalies to see the puck
better, since the forwards and defence will all be scurrying to the corners.
Common sense and all the lacrosse stories recently have stated that bigger
nets make the game more defensive. In lacrosse, it forced the coaches and
teams to play more defensive, man on man, and so most goals now are
wraparounds or scrums. That will make the quality of the hockey worse.
Having more rivalries would make the goalies more familiar to the skaters,
so they would be able to analyze their weaknesses more and score more. At
this point, goalies are the only ones smart enough to keep 'books' on
players' tendancies. I suppose skaters are too busy with endorsements and
golf swings to work on this aspect of their career.
Jim, I agree with your point completely, that kids shouldn't play the rink
or goals the same size as adults. Why not just make the rink bigger so that
they get more scoring opportunities? Or are you afraid that goalies have
improved at such a greater rate than skaters in the last 15 years that you
think their only hope is to radically change the game? I suppose skaters are
too busy with endorsements and golf swings to work on their shots in the
summer. Even the best golfers still hit hundreds of balls every day in
Dave in Whitby
President, goalie brotherhood
Date: Sun, 03 Apr 2005 02:07:46 -0000
From: "jpdornberger" <jpdornberger@...>
Subject: Re: Hockey Net Size
Spoken like a true goalie Dave. Afraid of a bigger goal? My 13 year
old covers the same goal as an adult. Should try being a soccer 24 X
8 now that's a goal! <just teasing>
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "goaliedave" <goaliedave@s...> wrote:
> Trying to increase scoring by increasing the net size is the way of
> wimps and those who want hockey as 100%entertainment not sport. Why
> back to leather pads too while you're at it.
> Real hockey people would:
> - have refs enforce the rule book for interference and stick
> free players up on the ice
> - have more games against teams in your own division so that games
> more, players travel less, and the product improves
> - have forwards work as hard to improve as goalies have. When was
> time yousaw and NHL skater attend hockey school in the summer? Many
> goalies do.
> Whatever tinkering the hockey gods do, goalies and coaches will
adapt so why
> bother? Just call the rules.
> Dave in Whitby
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