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Modern hockey or hockey of eighties

View Poll Results: Which hockey would you prefer?
Hockey of eighties 26 33.77%
Modern hockey 51 66.23%
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11-13-2012, 11:06 AM
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Modern hockey or hockey of eighties

Which hockey would you prefer?

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11-13-2012, 11:30 AM
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I tried watching old hockey on ESPN Classic Canada and it's frustrating.

I've spent too long watching modern hockey.

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11-13-2012, 11:37 AM
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Hockey of the 80s for me. I don't care if it was slower, it was more fun for me to watch an era of players displaying their creativity without necessarily worrying about the fall-out from each and every little mistake or risk taken. Not a big fan of the 55 mins out of every 60 spent playing chip and chase tennis through the neutral zone these days, with about 4 of the remaining 5 minutes actually showcasing the skills today's top players have.

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11-13-2012, 12:00 PM
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Modern hockey by far. I very much enjoy having goaltenders in the nets.

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11-13-2012, 01:02 PM
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90's.

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11-13-2012, 01:07 PM
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Modern hockey by far. I very much enjoy having goaltenders in the nets.
tell that to Billy Smith

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11-13-2012, 01:19 PM
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I liked the first couple years after the last lockout the best. Last year definitely had hockey trending back towards a trap-like, predominantly defensive game, which is not as fun to watch.

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11-13-2012, 01:27 PM
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80s easily for me, more prolific players, Lemieux, Bossy, Gretzky, Messier, ect.

The game wasn't as quick or skilled as it is now, games weren't as much chip in the corner, or defensively strategized as they are today.

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11-13-2012, 01:51 PM
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Easily the 80s.

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11-13-2012, 01:54 PM
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Modern hockey.

Watching 80s hockey is brutal.

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11-13-2012, 02:22 PM
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Modern. More talent in the league right now imo.

Edit: should specify, I mean from a depth perceptive. Obviously the high end talent was there in the 80's.


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11-13-2012, 02:30 PM
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Maybe its nostalgia, and memories of watching Hockey Night in Canada every Saturday night with my old man as a kid, collecting hockey cards and filling out sticker books, and knowing every player in the league, but for me its '80s hockey quite easily.

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11-13-2012, 02:30 PM
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Modern for me.

Sure the game isn't open and as goal filled anymore, but I'm definitively not a fan of goaltending back then. So many of the "great" saves then could've been easily made had the goalie been on the butterfly, and of course the amount of stupid shots that became goals was astounding.

Not to mention systems, coaching and all that jazz. Today feels like every player plays with a purpose every time and is seemingly on the right place more often than not, specially defensively. The relative "bore" of the dump and chase is mitigated by the moments of great cycling.

It also bothers me how many balls-out brawls took place. I think today's fighting level is okay, sometimes watching the 80's tape you would think the players had the temper of beer leaguers.

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11-13-2012, 02:32 PM
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Same thread going:
http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh....php?t=1282065

It's a shame we didn't have HD and internet streams in the early 90s to 97, that was a great era before NJ ruined it.

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11-13-2012, 02:33 PM
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It's probably a tie for me. I love all eras of hockey equally.

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11-13-2012, 02:53 PM
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80s. More goals, more violence.

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11-13-2012, 03:40 PM
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Silly poll, I wasn't around in the 80's. Modern hockey it is!

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11-13-2012, 03:45 PM
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Modern hockey. I hate watching games from the 80s. It's frustrating seeing goals that today's goalies can stop with their eyes closed.

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tell that to Billy Smith
Career .882 save percentage and he was considered one of the very best of his era. Thanks for proving my point.

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11-13-2012, 04:45 PM
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tell that to Billy Smith
And Ken Dryden. Personally i like the 70's game.

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11-13-2012, 04:49 PM
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Career .882 save percentage and he was considered one of the very best of his era. Thanks for proving my point.
He wore normal gear.Give Smith the oversized goalie gear they wear today and he'd be in the .920 and above easily.
Not so hard to stop the puck when the equipment does all the work. Stand there and let the puck hit you because the gear covers most of the net.
Real skill there.

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11-13-2012, 04:56 PM
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He wore normal gear.Give Smith the oversized goalie gear they wear today and he'd be in the .920 and above easily.
Not so hard to stop the puck when the equipment does all the work. Stand there and let the puck hit you because the gear covers most of the net.
Real skill there.
That's a lame excuse used to give the dark age of goaltending a free pass. Goalies from the 20's-60's and into the 70's wore even smaller equipment and gave up far less goals than Smith, Fuhr, or other goalies from the 80's.

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He wore normal gear.Give Smith the oversized goalie gear they wear today and he'd be in the .920 and above easily.
Not so hard to stop the puck when the equipment does all the work. Stand there and let the puck hit you because the gear covers most of the net.
Real skill there.
Yay, another "goalies don't move their limbs" thread

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Hockey of the 80's.

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Here's George Hainsworth and his "pads"



Here's Billy Smith and his pads which are double the size.

One of these men had 22 shutouts in a season. One of them had 22 shutouts in his career.

Clearly pad size is the reason goalies in the 80's had crappy numbers, it wouldn't be because most of them sucked or anything like that.

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