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12-09-2011, 04:59 PM
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Originally Posted by mbeam View Post
Are you saying that hockey sense, vision, whatever you want to call it, is genetic? I think that's ludicrous. Hockey IQ is developed from exposure to the sport: playing, watching, studying. It's a learned trait.
The only thing I can think of to support this is bringing up father/son duos but that doesn't do much to support the genetics argument in my mind. These are children who have access to greater hockey minds, who grow up in and around the sport with a professional trainer in dad just an arms length away. They're born into special circumstances that greatly increase their odds but that does not make them innately superior players.
Everything - literally everything - is a combination of genetics and environment. Learning may have a greater environmental influence than genetic, but to claim that it's entirely a result of exposure would be fallacious.

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