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Big international ice Vs. Small NHL ice

View Poll Results: What ice rinks do you fancy?
International / Big ice 60 52.17%
NHL / Small ice 55 47.83%
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01-25-2014, 07:33 PM
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International / Big ice

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01-27-2014, 09:08 AM
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Sorry for not including the Finnish rink.

Glad that majority prefers the small ice, though

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01-27-2014, 01:09 PM
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Yeah, the NHL size is clearly a few feet short nowadays. It made sense 50 years ago, but now the guys are just too big and fast.

On the other hand, watching average teams on the big ice is quite boring.

Looking forward to this year's Olympics, because most of the top teams are really stacked with speed and skill. Gonna be fun to watch for sure.

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01-28-2014, 08:22 AM
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Being from North America, I am so use to small rinks. In fact I play more on extremely small youth rinks than I ever have on big ice lol.

I believe I only played on olympic ice once, a practice right before NY state tournament years ago. For like 2 hours right after the plane ride lol

However, I do prefer bigger ice. i think hockey was born on big lakes and ponds and even navajo stories explain of miles long frozen rivers used as playing grounds.

I love it. Its beautiful. And I think its a bit safer.

I would love to see the NHL do this.

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01-28-2014, 09:41 AM
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I think the only way to make a more accurate comparison is to watch a decent sized sample of actual NHL games on big ice to see what it would be like

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01-28-2014, 09:44 AM
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Sorry for not including the Finnish rink.

Glad that majority prefers the small ice, though
More like half.

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01-28-2014, 12:20 PM
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Finland have smaller than international, bigger than NA for in some rinks.
Those Finn's are sooo wacky..
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I voted International size because you question is purely the dimensions of the rink. However, the best choice is NHL on International sized rink. This will get rid of more goons and 4th line grinders, and bring in more speed. Old style hockey is slowing on the way out.

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I think the only way to make a more accurate comparison is to watch a decent sized sample of actual NHL games on big ice to see what it would be like
We have enough comparisons from the best-on-best tournaments, choose between the following two lots:

Small ice: 1972 Summit Series(First four games), 1976, 1981, 1984, 1987 and 1991 Canada Cups. 1996 and 2004 World Cups(Games played in NA), 2010 Olympics.

Big ice: 1972 Summit Series(Last four games), 1996 and 2004 World Cups(Games played in Europe), 1998, 2002 and 2006 Olympic games.

Also, i believe one can also compare WJC and WHC that was played on different size ice.

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01-29-2014, 05:27 AM
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I agree with the theory that big ice demands great skaters too be any good. If the players really are fast then it's okay, but with average skaters, it looses a lot of intensity and gets pretty boring to watch (compared with NHL size).

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Sorry for not including the Finnish rink.

Glad that majority prefers the small ice, though
Not so fast

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I'm a Euro and I prefer the small rink. Too much tedious passing for the sake of passing on the big ice.

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I prefer that small ice by just a bit. Almost doesn't really matter to me actually. I wouldn't be upset if the NHL got bigger rinks in the future, infact I think at some point it will be needed.

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