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05-23-2012, 07:12 PM
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The small ice is TERRIBLE!

It makes for ugly unskilled hockey. It leads to more injuries and it covers up for poor skating skills.

Ask any defensmen, who has played at a high level, which ice is easier to play on. Do you know how much easier it is to plug up the neutral zone on the small ice? How much easier it is to get to the boards to close out the puck from coming out of the zone when you are on offense? How much easier it is to get from the goal to the corner and back? How much easier it is to shut down a mobile forward carrying the puck on the wing?

The big ice requires skill. On the small size you can make up for skill with size. Is that what you want? Wrestling on ice?

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