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01-02-2004, 12:30 PM
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But the best argument is simply to compensate for the increased size and speed of today's athlete.
When the league started in 1917-18, the average height of players on the Toronto club, then called the Arenas, was 5 feet 9½ inches. The average weight was 174 pounds. The current Leafs team has a average height of 6 feet 1½ inches and a weight of 201 pounds. That's an overall increase in size of 11 per cent.
This argument never made sense to me.
Are their arms longer?
Is that extra size in the width of their bodies, to the point where the neutral zone is clogged up by a bunch of barrell-stomached oafs?
Even if the ice surface is increased, won't these big strong players (who, by the way, are faster on average than anyone in 1917) simply play the same sufficating defense between the blue lines and clutch and grab in the defensive corners?
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