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10-04-2011, 01:29 AM
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So apparently this is a blind-side hit.

Granted I watch a lot more hockey from the NHL and the WHL, it sure looks like a pretty nasty hit, and totally unnecessary at that.

The argument of, "His head was down," or whatever, simply doesn't exist anymore. It might seem unrealistic to those of us who are a bit older and have watched the game for a while, but I have to say that the PeeWee's we're coaching now have no problems understanding when and when not to step up and say, "Hello!"

Interesting tidbit from our last coaches meeting, coming straight from the CHL, hockey Canada, and USA hockey, which is that several great hockey minds predict that checking will pretty much be gone from top-level hockey in 5-10 years because the game is picking up in speed so much that it simply won't pay off to go for the big hits anymore. The crystal balls indicate that teams teach players to focus on skating and positioning to get better angles and pinching off opponents to make sure you don't get out of position, keep your speed, and increase your chances of moving the puck to an intended target. If that's a hint of things to come with the ice surface in the NHL (talks have been had about opening it up a bit), who knows? But, USA hockey moved up the checking age from PeeWees (U12) to Bantams (U14) this year, which has a lot to do with liability issues and keeping players in the game, but also a vision of emphasizing speed and skill for a different kind of players and game down the road.

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