Was hockey better in the 80s?
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11-16-2012, 01:40 AM
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Without the larger equipment, the "science" doesn't work. Give goalies 80s sized equipment and suddenly the science doesn't appear very smart.
I just don't see how you can make that claim. Sv% would drop, but there are 2-3 more important factors that directly influence the statistic (already listed).
Training, teaching, and conditioning for the position is at an all time high. I don't think its crazy to think the average goalie today has a greater ability (no, not just standing there) to stop the puck than the average goalie in the 80's or 70's. Obviously the greats like Patrick Roy would, and did dominate any era they played/would have played in.
What would be more efficient or "scientific" about staying on your feet as a goalie in today's NHL? There's a reason only, at the very most, 2 active goaltenders use a hybrid style, and calling Tim Thomas a "hybrid" goalie is stretching the term to its limits.
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