If I have to read "Barbara Underhill's" name one more time....
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07-26-2011, 05:17 PM
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Haven't read the boards in a while so not sure the real background here, but I did want to comment on her quickly. Now granted, Boyle's turnaround had several factors. But no doubt in my mind that her influence and training was the number one reason and it stood out quite clearly. I constantly paid attention to his skating throughout the year and everything about it was different from the past. His strides were so much more confident. His ability to skate and crash the net was improved ten fold. The whole way he went about his skating was vastly improved. There's no denying that in my opinion no matter how frustrated someone can be at hearing her name. She's great at what she does and was able to train Boyle in a way that improved his gameplay tenfold, period. Now granted, she may not have the same effect on any given person, but she is a pro at what she does and likely could help anyone who has similar skating problems. The physical part of hockey relies on solid skating ability more than almost anything else. So yeah, she did an amazing job on Boyle and should probably be hired as a NYR skating coach. Keep her away from other teams ya know? Tons of players on our team could benefit from her no doubt. But then I'd think that would be expected. She's great at what she does and is a seasoned pro at it. So why wouldn't she be able to help? Yeah she's that good. And I think it would be a bit ridiculous to not give her the credit due on Boyle. Aside from other personal improvements, his training with her was so clearly evident and what she did to improve his game is undeniable. So what the heck is wrong with giving her that credit? Just my two cents.
Look, in principle, I do not really agree. I would
timing and other issues were just as big of a factor.
Why? Compare him with someone like Chara. Only a freak of nature like Victor Hedman can be 6'6 and skate like he is 6'2. These guys de facto, and thats what it is about, laws of nature, have to be stronger than someone smaller than them. The mass of something big exeptionally gets bigger than the mass of something smaller. A player like Brian Boyle have to carry around a bigger mass when skating than a shorter player.
We all know how BB skated last season. That was a player who's biggest issue was that he was too weak for his own body. Which isn't strange for a player that size. And to get that strength, it just takes time.
Sometimes it sounds like these guys have not been told how to skate, that is hardly the case. I can guarantee you that. From the time they were 13 y/o, they probably been surrounded by very competent people in this regard. I think there is actually a lot more to do off the ice "in the gym" than on the ice, for example.
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