Re: Hockey Nets
- Dave... I like your thinking ... smaller puck is fair to all players. You
rightly point out (as did Jim earlier) that you can't have minor hockey nets
bigger... so now what, we are going to change the playing surface dimensions
or net dimensions every age level?! Or maybe make it like horse racing,
where if you have a smaller jockey then you must get handicapped. Perhaps
bigger goalies should have bigger nets. Arenas could stock several sizes and
then each game decide which ones to put out depending on a set of criteria
like age, size, skill level, etc.
I can't find who wrote the "We are talking about giving the shooter the same
amount of net
to shoot at that he had back in the 70's and 80's." that made you respond
... but I have to roll my eyes when I hear this.
Whether we are one of the many scholars on this list or not, we all know
from high school science that the first step in solving a problem is to
identify it correctly. To say that small nets is the problem is so narrow as
to be useless. What is the problem? If it is a lack of scoring, then some of
the broader issues that have been mentioned need looking at.
What is wrong with Dave's idea of a smaller puck?
What about going back to the 70s or 80s for equipment? I'd like to see how
today's pampered skaters would cope with a 1970s stick that Bobby Hull used
to score 50 goals. Half of them couldn't even lift it over their head, it's
so heavy. And if you take away the curved blade, more skaters would have to
learn the backhand, with which many goals were scored pre-90s... it's the
best offensive weapon as the goalie has no clue where it's going.
Dave in Whitby
"Every goal is the result of a breakdown by a skater soemwhere up the ice"
--Dave Soutter wrote:
All this talk of increasing the size of the goal is very surprising to me.
The rationale for doing this seems to be based on the fact that goalie
equipment is bulkier today than 20 years ago, or that the average size
player is bigger these days. As far as the size of players go, that is
totally irrelevant. Using the aforementioned logic, perhaps the size of the
goal should increase incrementally with the size of the guy in goal. How
about a net an inch taller and wider for every guy between 6-0 and 6-2, then
add another inch for every player between 6-2 and 6-4, etc...?? Not ALL
players are bigger today than 20 years ago, and whether they are or not
doesn't matter. There were big goalies 20-30 years ago (Ken Dryden, Dave
Dryden, John Davidson, Wayne Thomas) and I don't believe their size really
gave them much of an advantage. It was their skill that made them good and
hard to score on. Maybe someone should ask Emile Francis or Darren Pang if
increasing the size of the goal is a good idea!
As far as padding goes, it would be much more logical to implement size
restrictions on the equipment, rather than the net itself, if your aim is to
return things to the way they were 20 years ago. The standard goal size has
been in place for a long time, and to change it now is hardly a practical
idea. And just where does the change take place? Just at the pro level?
What about college or juniors? High school? PeeWees, squirts? Do or will
European leagues follow suit? Sorry, I don't agree that increasing the size
of the goal net is a good idea in any sense. It seems like a drastic measure
to a perceived problem. I doubt we'd ever see it anyway. North American
rinks will all be Olympic-sized before the size of the goal nets change.
Hey, look! here's an idea...let's just make the puck smaller!