Are the fastest NHL skaters really all that fast?
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11-20-2012, 04:02 PM
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I don't know if this has been mentioned but op, what you are referring to is north-south straight line speed. Same as a 40 yard dash, there are many kids, adults who are fast running 40 yards in a straight line and there probably is a kid in every high school who has close to NFL speed or close to NHL skating speed in a straight line.
What is exceptional about professional athletes is the power and quickness of their strides and how they can maintain the same exceptionally high speeds while maintaing possession, making lateral movements and maintaing a strong center of balance as to not get knocked out of the athletic position. Also the athletes will be able to maintain their high speeds over longer periods, hence their superior conitioning.
So yes, if you raced Andrew Cogliano vs an exceptionally fast skater in a NHL skills competition format skate, yeah I'm sure you could find a kid who is close to or faster then the NHL player.. Does the application mean much, no.....
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