Re: stick-handling & the loss of open ice
- Relax. I'm not advocating changing the rules or adding moguls to turn
hockey into an extreme sport. What I'm suggesting is that there are
a combination of factors that have changed the game. The players are
bigger and stronger and in better condition. There was a time when
Phil Espo and Gordie Howe were considered a big players, and Pat
Stapleton and Stan Mikita were not considered small. Prior to 1972,
player routinely played themselves into shape during the first few
months of the season. Plus, and this is my point, there was a time
when all rinks were not created equal. Playing in Boston was
different than playing just about anywhere else -- it was a lot
smaller. There is something to be said for variety. Let a few teams
play on bigger ice, and lets see whether there is both more flow to
the game and more room for handling the puck. It certainly makes
international play more interesting. Getting rid of the generic
rinks might make home ice an advantage once more.
--- In email@example.com, Andrew <puppa93@y...> wrote:
> I'd like to see moguls on the ice...that would spice
> it up, too.
> I'm gettin' tired of finding that we need to change
> the game that was so great. I don't believe any of
> the garbage that the players are that much bigger that
> they take up more space. It wasn't like that before
> the trap was heavily used. Sure, there's lots of open
> ice on a sheet of Olympic sized ice, but NHL ice
> should be big enough.
> A rule change for the purpose of changing the game is
> far different than making a change because it makes
> sense. IMO, most of the latest rules changes are far
> over what was necessary.
> I'm just glad they didn't institute no-touch icing,
> but I'm afraid that may be on the horizon, since they
> are in such a radical state right now.
> Tampa Bay was credited by Coach Hitchcock for changing
> the game by finding a way to beat the trap.
> Tampa Bay found a way to open up the ice again against
> teams that tried to make the ice seem very small.
> It should just take some creative coaching with the
> right players to open up that ice again. Not changing
> the rules of the game so everybody can do it.
> --- Steve Cohen <stevenmcohen@y...> wrote:
> > Problem 1: Big bodies plus congestion in the neutal
> > zone makes
> > dazzling stickhandling a bad choice for moving the
> > puck up the ice.
> > Problem 2: Organized youth hockey, which places a
> > premium on team
> > play
> > and goal production, does not allow for the
> > development of finese and
> > creativity.
> > It should be no surprise that the best flash (at
> > least up til the
> > post-soviet NHLization of eastern europoe) came from
> > countries that
> > either played on bigger rinks or still had kids
> > playing pond and
> > river hockey. In fact, I remember the pointed
> > complaints about Alexi
> > Kovaleve in his two NY Ranger stints being that he
> > skated and handled
> > the puck beautifully but didn't do anything to put
> > points on the
> > board.
> > While there maybe notable exceptions (Vincent
> > Lecavalier, Dany
> > Heatley, Scott Neidermayer) the game tends to reward
> > the big bulls.
> > With that said, I don't understand why their hasn't
> > been a
> > groundswell among fans to institute the one rule
> > change that would
> > spice up the game. We've gone from a world in which
> > home team
> > advantage meant something to a world in which it's
> > meaningless. In
> > part, that's because all the rinks are the same.
> > I'd like to see a
> > few teams adopt an olympic size rink and ice a team
> > designed to play
> > on the bigger sheet of ice. You'd think that what
> > you'd give up by
> > removing a couple of hundred seats you'd make up for
> > in having an
> > exciting game, with open ice and a winning home
> > team.
> > Steve
> > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "mhdibiase"
> > <mhdibiase@y...> wrote:
> > > I like to pose a question to the membership based
> > on something I
> > read
> > > in the book "Flying Frenchmen" written by Stan
> > Fischler and Rocket
> > > Richard. The book is a history of the Canadiens
> > and a brief auto-
> > > biography as told by Richard himself. In Richard's
> > section he was
> > > bemoaned the fact that since the advent of the
> > slapshot, the
> > quality
> > of
> > > stick-handling had declined (badly in his eyes).
> > The book came out
> > in
> > > 1970 or 1971.
> > >
> > > I like to ask the membership if you agree with
> > Richard's criticisms
> > > with regards to stick-handling among players. Was
> > it true back then
> > and
> > > is it true now? Has stick-handling declined as a
> > skill in the NHL?
> > >
> > > Matt
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