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03-12-2013, 02:08 PM
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Richter Scale
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Originally Posted by pld459666 View Post
... when he does engage along the walls and in the corners, I'm embarrassed in how often he's the guy picking himself up off the ice.
As a fellow tall man hockey player, the one thing I'll say is that while it's frustrating to see Boyle falling to the ice when he makes hits so often, there is a simple physics reason: his height. Tall players have a higher center of gravity, making them inherently easier to knock over or lose their balance. Even though his size is an asset in many ways, it is at least part of the puzzle in his struggle to stay on his skates.

Did a quick search and Boyle is in the top 10 in height among all players in the NHL. Looking through the top of this list, I'm seeing a bunch of players who aren't much better on their skates than Boyle -- basically its Chara and Pronger who are without a doubt better. The rest of the players at or above Boyle's height are pretty much as bad or worse skaters than him. And even Chara, if you watch him play, often ends up flopping around on the ice awkwardly. Here is the list.

Now, yes, he's in the NHL and needs to be better on this, and I would hope it is something he is working on (balance exercises, leg and core training). But, speaking from experience, its a lot harder to stay standing - even on what would seem like standard physical plays - the taller you are. And before I get the "learn to skate" comments, while I'm obviously not in the NHL, I've played hockey for 20 years... 12 of those at a relatively competitive level (last 8 or so, mostly beer leagues, intramurals, club teams, and pick up games) so its not like I'm one of the wall huggers at public skate.


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