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09-25-2012, 05:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Taco MacArthur View Post
I've always expected that Colorado would have a higher home-ice advantage than they do (because of the altitude).
The arena is at what, 1600 m? That's really not that high. I've done plenty of hiking trips at fairly high altitudes, including a number of hikes in Peru and Bolivia at 4000-5000 m, and in my opinion I don't start to feel short of breath more quickly than normal until around 2000-2500 m. Even then we're talking about very slight differences, the real "hey, why am I getting winded so quickly" stuff starts hitting me more at more like 3000 m. At 1600 m the effect is probably barely noticeable at all for NHLers.

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