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09-26-2012, 08:10 AM
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Originally Posted by ponder View Post
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.
I think it's a much bigger deal than you are making it out to be. I remember seeing some players use oxygen in between periods/shifts when visiting Colorado.

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