Are the fastest NHL skaters really all that fast?
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12-03-2012, 05:04 PM
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: New York
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I didnt watch the video but it is possible for some kids to be close to average NHL speed but not the fastest guys. And not even average. And when I say kids I mean 16-17 year olds. I know this because I used to be one of these kids. Im 25 years old now. But at 16 years old I was at a camp and Barry Smith was there. I believe he was the coach or assistant for the Red Wings. But anyways we used the same style of course he said he used for his players. I cant remember the exact numbers but for the course he used I believe he said the average of his players was 14.7 seconds, and the fastest were around 14.1. I did my course in 15.0 seconds. Now im not trying to pump my tires, I wasnt the biggest and didnt have the best hands or the best hockey IQ. But I had many scouts tell me that I was one of the fastest hockey players they had seen. I also won fastest skater at a moose jaw warriors WHL camp. (didnt make it haha)
So really no kids are any where near the fastest skaters in the NHL. I was one of the fastest kids at 16 years old in western Canada and I was almost a second slower than the fastest guys on the Detroit Red Wings. And who knows those guys might not have been even the fastest compared to others in the NHL.
I agree with everything you wrote and outlined a similar experience involving myself earlier in the thread (I'm the same age as you as well), but just to quell your curiosity, since you didn't see the video, I'll just come out and say it. The kid in the video was a bender. I've tried to be more eloquent in my previous posts, saying he was mediocre at best, but the kid didn't even have a good stride, let alone the latent fluency you would expect from someone who is being compared to an NHL skater. The entire premise was ridiculous (that the video served as evidence and this kid was comparable, not that it's possible for kids outside of the NHL to compare in general).
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