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01-08-2005, 03:42 PM
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There is a reason why people are right or left handed--it's the way their brain is wired. It is almost impossible to get a child, much less a grown person to successfully switch the dominate hand without catastrophic injury that forces a switch (there is a reason why they have stopped trying to switch left-handed children). Regardless, Blackburn would never regain the form and the ability, much less the swiftness required of an NHL goalie using his "wrong" hand.
Blackburn hasn't lost all his ability in his arm. He has lost the ability that made him a high level hockey player. Short of the nerve re-learning it needs to do, his career as an NHL player is over.
I hear what your saying, but it's not like trying to teach a young child to write, ect... Blackburn is a righty if im correct... as well as all tenders who catch with their left hand are considered righties, which i've always found strange...maybe they should be called lefties but sticking the glove on the right hand would put it on his "correct" side...
Tenders are considered righty or lefty depending on which hand they use to control their stick with... same as a skater and similar to golf...
It's not like switching a right handed shooter or golfer to the other side...
i don't believe it is as tough a switch as some might think for a goaltender, he could probably do it and be successful at a lower level, but i guess thats not what were shooting for
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