Was hockey better in the 80s?
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11-14-2012, 09:51 PM
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I feel the game and the individual players had more colour and personality in the 80s/early 90s. Back then, you couldn't confuse Chelios with Coffey, or Messier with Lemieux, or Clark with Neely. Nowadays, is there really much difference between Richards and Crosby and Toews? Obviously, skill-wise there is, but on a good night for Toews or Richards, there really isn't. Plus, everyone is ensconsed in the same generic helmet and giant visor.
Same with teams. The Oilers used to be The Oilers. The Blackhawks were The Blackhawks. Everyone plays the same now.
And I may be in the minority but I don't feel that speed = more exciting or better hockey. I feel hockey now is human pinball with guys going so fast that if they happened to brush each other, its like a high-speed car crash with everyone getting concussed.
the best players in the 80s and most of the 90s, were the best players by far.
todays game, on any given night, about 10 guys could be the "best player"
there is parody in teams, and parody in players. look how close the scoring races were this past season
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