What if the NHL went to 4 on 4 permanently?
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01-03-2013, 08:50 AM
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I often hear from announcers about how when it's 4 on 4 (skaters) due to penalties, the game becomes much more exciting, with a lot more opportunities to show fancy moves, and a lot more scoring chances.
Now I know this would offend a lot of hockey purists out there to go 4 on 4 permanently, but let's not forget hockey used to have even one more skater than it does now (the rover position). It was eliminated and I don't think I've ever heard anybody saying we should get it back. Somehow the game survived, then.
In other words, I don't think the number of skaters we have now is necessarily some sacred number that could never possibly be tampered with.
And whether or not you think the game would become better or worse - how about more
even if the change is otherwise not worth it? Would the (likely) increased scoring lead to more fans in the southern US, for example? This is obviously a separate debate, but related enough to keep as part of this thread.
Just throwing this all out there. I think it's worthy of debate, at the very least.
I wouldn't care, that is as long as they got all new uniforms, team names, league and called it the Not Hockey League, then fine. Olympic size Ice sounds a lot better to me. I know it would take time, but just make it that every new arena has to have Olympic size ice and every team has to convert by 2033.
Enforcing the penalties would also help, they have started to get away from it again, the playoffs last year pretty much sucked for everyone but Kings fans and the Flyers Penguins series.
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