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11-13-2013, 03:53 PM
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Originally Posted by TriCycleDriveBy View Post
It's just amazing how much better AHL guys are then above average players, and how amazing retired NHL players still are. I've heard stories of retired NHL goalies being the best offensive players in some recreational leagues. Just let that soak in a bit.
None of that really surprises me, I think the biggest difference between NHL players and beer leaguers, is the fact that most people have a day job that doesn't allow them to skate 7 days a week.

NHL players are on the ice 6-7 days a week since they are children, anyone that has that luxury is going to get very good at hockey, unless you are just extremely uncoordinated.

I don't think it's fair to compare a normal being to someone that spends their entire life dedicated to hockey, 7 days a week. Obviously natural skill set has a say too, but there is plenty of guys in the NHL who wouldn't be there if they weren't groomed to be there from birth, there is ton of politics when it comes to making it to the NHL, it's not all skill.

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