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od71 11-13-2012 11:06 AM

Modern hockey or hockey of eighties
 
Which hockey would you prefer?

NyQuil 11-13-2012 11:30 AM

I tried watching old hockey on ESPN Classic Canada and it's frustrating.

I've spent too long watching modern hockey.

Ohashi_Jouzu 11-13-2012 11:37 AM

Hockey of the 80s for me. I don't care if it was slower, it was more fun for me to watch an era of players displaying their creativity without necessarily worrying about the fall-out from each and every little mistake or risk taken. Not a big fan of the 55 mins out of every 60 spent playing chip and chase tennis through the neutral zone these days, with about 4 of the remaining 5 minutes actually showcasing the skills today's top players have.

Machinehead 11-13-2012 12:00 PM

Modern hockey by far. I very much enjoy having goaltenders in the nets.

Razor29 11-13-2012 01:02 PM

90's.

LAX attack* 11-13-2012 01:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Machinehead (Post 55736781)
Modern hockey by far. I very much enjoy having goaltenders in the nets.

tell that to Billy Smith

StringerBell 11-13-2012 01:19 PM

I liked the first couple years after the last lockout the best. Last year definitely had hockey trending back towards a trap-like, predominantly defensive game, which is not as fun to watch.

VanIsle 11-13-2012 01:27 PM

80s easily for me, more prolific players, Lemieux, Bossy, Gretzky, Messier, ect.

The game wasn't as quick or skilled as it is now, games weren't as much chip in the corner, or defensively strategized as they are today.

Kane One 11-13-2012 01:51 PM

Easily the 80s.

OilerTyler 11-13-2012 01:54 PM

Modern hockey.

Watching 80s hockey is brutal.

gifted88 11-13-2012 02:22 PM

Modern. More talent in the league right now imo.

Edit: should specify, I mean from a depth perceptive. Obviously the high end talent was there in the 80's.

86Habs 11-13-2012 02:30 PM

Maybe its nostalgia, and memories of watching Hockey Night in Canada every Saturday night with my old man as a kid, collecting hockey cards and filling out sticker books, and knowing every player in the league, but for me its '80s hockey quite easily.

VinnyC 11-13-2012 02:30 PM

Modern for me.

Sure the game isn't open and as goal filled anymore, but I'm definitively not a fan of goaltending back then. So many of the "great" saves then could've been easily made had the goalie been on the butterfly, and of course the amount of stupid shots that became goals was astounding.

Not to mention systems, coaching and all that jazz. Today feels like every player plays with a purpose every time and is seemingly on the right place more often than not, specially defensively. The relative "bore" of the dump and chase is mitigated by the moments of great cycling.

It also bothers me how many balls-out brawls took place. I think today's fighting level is okay, sometimes watching the 80's tape you would think the players had the temper of beer leaguers.

Elever 11-13-2012 02:32 PM

Same thread going:
http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh....php?t=1282065

It's a shame we didn't have HD and internet streams in the early 90s to 97, that was a great era before NJ ruined it.

Fred Taylor 11-13-2012 02:33 PM

It's probably a tie for me. I love all eras of hockey equally.

Fire Sweeney 11-13-2012 02:53 PM

80s. More goals, more violence.

OmniSens 11-13-2012 03:40 PM

Silly poll, I wasn't around in the 80's. Modern hockey it is!

M Gaz 11-13-2012 03:45 PM

Modern hockey. I hate watching games from the 80s. It's frustrating seeing goals that today's goalies can stop with their eyes closed.

Machinehead 11-13-2012 04:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by porknbeans1000 (Post 55738893)
tell that to Billy Smith

Career .882 save percentage and he was considered one of the very best of his era. Thanks for proving my point.

mytor4* 11-13-2012 04:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by porknbeans1000 (Post 55738893)
tell that to Billy Smith

And Ken Dryden. Personally i like the 70's game.

mytor4* 11-13-2012 04:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Machinehead (Post 55744065)
Career .882 save percentage and he was considered one of the very best of his era. Thanks for proving my point.

He wore normal gear.Give Smith the oversized goalie gear they wear today and he'd be in the .920 and above easily.
Not so hard to stop the puck when the equipment does all the work. Stand there and let the puck hit you because the gear covers most of the net.
Real skill there.

Machinehead 11-13-2012 04:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by topdog (Post 55744279)
He wore normal gear.Give Smith the oversized goalie gear they wear today and he'd be in the .920 and above easily.
Not so hard to stop the puck when the equipment does all the work. Stand there and let the puck hit you because the gear covers most of the net.
Real skill there.

That's a lame excuse used to give the dark age of goaltending a free pass. Goalies from the 20's-60's and into the 70's wore even smaller equipment and gave up far less goals than Smith, Fuhr, or other goalies from the 80's.

Dustin Peener 11-13-2012 05:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by topdog (Post 55744279)
He wore normal gear.Give Smith the oversized goalie gear they wear today and he'd be in the .920 and above easily.
Not so hard to stop the puck when the equipment does all the work. Stand there and let the puck hit you because the gear covers most of the net.
Real skill there.

Yay, another "goalies don't move their limbs" thread

tony d 11-13-2012 05:10 PM

Hockey of the 80's.

Machinehead 11-13-2012 05:10 PM

http://www.yourememberthat.com/files...a93e418094.jpg

Here's George Hainsworth and his "pads"

http://insider.espn.go.com/photo/200..._smith_600.jpg

Here's Billy Smith and his pads which are double the size.

One of these men had 22 shutouts in a season. One of them had 22 shutouts in his career.

Clearly pad size is the reason goalies in the 80's had crappy numbers, it wouldn't be because most of them sucked or anything like that.


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