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01-28-2004, 06:45 PM
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What a difference 2 decades make

If you are 30 years old or older like myself, you probably fell in love with hockey in the late 70's and early 80's. These are your first memories of the NHL and the game was drastically different from what we see today. I looked at one statistic - goals scored by each team - and compared the 1982-83 numbers with the 2002-03 numbers. The results both make me long for the 6-4 game and understand why this sport is teetering on the brink of disaster.

In 82-83 the 21 teams in the league averaged 309 goals. (League total = 6489)

In 02-03 the 30 teams in the league averaged 218 goals. (League total = 6540)

This means that:

A 50 goal scorer in 82-83 scored 16.1 % of his teams goals
A 50 goal scorer in 02-03 scored 22.9 % of his teams goals

A 40 goal scorer in 82-83 scored 12.9 % of his teams goals
A 40 goal scorer in 02-03 scored 18.3 % of his teams goals

A 20 goal scorer in 82-83 scored .064% of his teams goals
A 20 goal scorer in 02-03 scored .091% of his teams goals

Further expanded we also find that

A 35 goal scorer in 02-03 is the equivalent of a 50 goal scorer in 82-83

A 28 goal scorer in 02-03 is the equivalent of a 40 goal scorer in 82-83

A 14 goal scorer in 02-03 is the equivalent of a 20 goal scorer in 82-83

What does this all mean? I really don't know for sure - It may mean that Joe Thornton's season last year is truly comparable with what guys like Messier were doing in the 80's. It also may mean that the guys who score 8-12 goals a year in today's NHL aren't truly the useless roster filler that we may think. Again I don't know all the ways that these stats can be analyzed, I just thought that putting a number to the "the game isn't like it used to be" would be interesting.

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01-30-2004, 11:03 PM
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I thought this was a pretty interesting post. Amazing what a difference those numbers show. Not sure what could be done to fix it, but the 82-83 league looks like it might be more fun to watch.

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