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03-04-2010, 04:31 PM
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I for one prefer the bigger ice surface. I'm not into the physicality of the sport as much as the poster above me. We value different aspects of the game differently. The smaller ice surface is a faster game and you can trap with the big ice as well. But I think the bigger ice surface is a more tactical game and allows the more technically superior players the room and thus the ability to utilize their skill more. I think it's a more skilled game and I do prefer it.
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Now that I think about it I kind of wonder the history behind each standard.
Me too. Someone enlighten us.

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Moving to the smaller ice will take away a lot from European hockey as far as development of the young talents go. That is the only advantage Europe has over North America. If Europe will start develoing their youngsters on small ice then all advantage is gone and Canada with USA will dominate by sheer quantity of players.
On the other hand European defensemen will be more NHL ready because they will be more familiar with stronger forechecking.

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Sochi might be NHL size. They're really split right now. Olympic directors really liked the intensity of NHL ice.
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Regarding small ice for next Olympics, yes, it could happen. IIHF president Rene Fasel told me as much last week. He favors the small ice; thinks it makes for a better game; and he has the support of, among others, the influential Russian ex-player Igor Larionov. The Olympic review is scheduled for August; it's at least 50-50 that they'll go to small ice for Sochi.
http://www.ctvolympics.ca/hockey/new...y+with+experts

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I find hockey in NHL rinks boring as hell: players are less skilled, poor skaters, only average stickhandlers and spend all time fighting in the boards for the puck. In a small rink, coaching is not very important. It's painful to see the poor tactics systems and the lack of techinal knowledge of the majority of the NHL teams.
Yet Canada has won 1/2 the gold medals since the Olympics went best on best. Who'da thunk?

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Me too. Someone enlighten us.
With a quick look through wikipedia you can see the origins of North American ice, with the Victoria Skating Rink being the first indoor ice rink in history, opening in 1862, and hosting it's first hockey game in 1875. It's measurements were 62mx24m, setting the North American standard which was adjusted a little to 61mx26m.

I'm guessing in Europe the first indoor rink was built somewhere in Russia or one of the Scandinvian countries, with knowledge of an indoor rink being built across the ocean but little concern or reason to match the dimensions. So the difference in size was probably more or less coincidental. What would be more interesting would be the process in which the size became the 'international' standard.

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Yet Canada has won 1/2 the gold medals since the Olympics went best on best. Who'da thunk?
And would've been 3/4 if not for Hasek being such a god.

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With a quick look through wikipedia you can see the origins of North American ice, with the Victoria Skating Rink being the first indoor ice rink in history, opening in 1862, and hosting it's first hockey game in 1875. It's measurements were 62mx24m, setting the North American standard which was adjusted a little to 61mx26m.
No, it measured 204x 80 feet and it was changed to the nice pretty round numbers of 200 x85. The metric system wasn't widely used then, and the meter numbers are not exact for that reason. Rinks were originally defined in terms of feet, Euro ice is 200x 100 feet, a decision that probably had to do with the ease and roundness of the numbers and ratio.

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And would've been 3/4 if not for Hasek being such a god.
and 4/5 if not for Forsberg being so clutch

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I find hockey in NHL rinks boring as hell: players are less skilled, poor skaters, only average stickhandlers and spend all time fighting in the boards for the puck. In a small rink, coaching is not very important. It's painful to see the poor tactics systems
So true.

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And would've been 3/4 if not for Hasek being such a god.
I would rewatch that game if I were you if you think that the Czech's won only because of Hasek. Certainly stood on his head in Overtime and the last 5 minutes or so, but in the first two periods, the Czechs carried the play. Watch it if you don't believe me.

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