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WhipNash27 04-23-2011 10:00 AM

Left vs. Right in the NHL
 
So I decided to see how the split is setup between the NHL for lefties and righties. The old stereotype is that the US favors right handed shooters and Canada favors left handed shooters. So anyway, I went to NHL.com, went to individual stats, then bios and copied and pasted the data into a spreadsheet.

Here's what I was able to find:
FORWARDS L/R NBR PCT
NHL L 131 62%
NHL R 79 38%
USA L 20 54%
USA R 17 46%
CAN L 66 57%
CAN R 49 43%
OTH L 45 78%
OTH R 13 22%

DEFENSEL/R NBR PCT
NHL L 68 66%
NHL R 35 34%
USA L 19 51%
USA R 11 29%
CAN L 20 50%
CAN R 20 50%
OTH L 29 88%
OTH R 4 12%

OVERALLL/R NBR PCT
NHL L 199 64%
NHL R 114 36%
USA L 39 58%
USA R 28 42%
CAN L 86 55%
CAN R 69 45%
OTH L 74 81%
OTH R 17 19%


Interestingly enough, the USA has a higher percentage of left handed shooters than Canada (skewed by defensemen). Other (which I believe is all Europeans) is highly skewed toward the left. Overall, every country is skewed to the left.

Darrelle Lundqvist 04-23-2011 10:08 AM

Interesting, it always seemed like there is more lefties in the NHL.

ponder 04-23-2011 11:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kinghenrik213 (Post 32596401)
Interesting, it always seemed like there is more lefties in the NHL.

More guys who shoot left, not more actual lefties. In general right handed kids are taught to shoot left (the top hand is the fine control hand for stick handling, so shooting left means having your dominant right hand on top), while left handed kids are taught to shoot right. Really you just get used to whatever though, I'm right handed but my parents got me a righty stick, I just got used to it, no way I could switch now.

WhipNash27 04-23-2011 11:35 AM

BTW, I screwed up, that's only for players in the playoffs (so 16 teams)

AZcoyotes 04-23-2011 01:46 PM

Whats "NBR" ?

CrAzYNiNe 04-23-2011 02:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PhXcoyotes (Post 32600542)
Whats "NBR" ?

number

backhander 04-24-2011 02:41 PM

nice info....thanks dude

tawheed 04-25-2011 02:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ponder (Post 32597101)
More guys who shoot left, not more actual lefties. In general right handed kids are taught to shoot left (the top hand is the fine control hand for stick handling, so shooting left means having your dominant right hand on top), while left handed kids are taught to shoot right. Really you just get used to whatever though, I'm right handed but my parents got me a righty stick, I just got used to it, no way I could switch now.

Yep, I'm right handed and shoot right as well. Whereas, most of my right handed friends shoot left, but it's just the way I started and would be impossible to change now.


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