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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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01-24-2014, 11:45 AM
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Big international ice Vs. Small NHL ice

Which hockey you prefer - on the international or NHL rinks?

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01-24-2014, 11:54 AM
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I'm Russian, but I have to admit the NHL rinks are more entertaining because the game goes faster and more physical

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01-24-2014, 12:34 PM
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Wheres the middle option?

From these two I'd have to choose international.

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01-24-2014, 12:50 PM
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I voted for International size, BUT, I may not know what I'm talking about.

The only hockey I watch that is on international size rinks is international hockey - with our (Canada) best team possible and the same (I assume) for all the other guys. So the calibre of play is very high and the hockey is great. If I had to watch club teams (KHL, SEL for example), I might not like it as much...

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Wheres the middle option?

From these two I'd have to choose international.
What is the middle option?

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What is the middle option?
Between NA and International, similar as what we have here in Finland.

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What is the middle option?
Finland have smaller than international, bigger than NA for in some rinks.

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01-24-2014, 01:34 PM
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Voted for international, but I like the NHL one as well. Each is interesting for different reasons. This pool should have had "both" option.

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I love the Finnish-sized rinks, but of the two I'll definitely go with the smaller ice.

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i love more end to end, physical hockey, so small ice for me forsure

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One easily gets fooled by european club hockey. The average player there cant make it exiting, but NHL players can, at least the upper tier of them. Voted small ice since the hockey there is more easily entertaining.

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01-24-2014, 03:05 PM
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I voted for the international ice but I think that quality of players and especially coaching make the crucial difference.

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Small ice, i hate that endless passing in your own zone and going behind your on net on big ice. Sure as hell doesn't happen in NHL.

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01-24-2014, 03:24 PM
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A compromise, aka the Finnish size. But with the choices above, NHL.

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Between NA and International, similar as what we have here in Finland.

Blues 30x60
HIFK 28x60
HPK 30x58
Ilves/Tapppara 28x60
Jokerit 30x60
JYP 28x60
KalPa 30x60
Kärpät 29x60
Lukko 29x59
Pelicans 28x58
SaiPa 28x60
TPS 30x60
Ässät 28x58
I did not know that...

30 M = 98'6"
29 M = 95'
28 M = 92'
58 M = 190'
59 M = 193'6"
60 M = 197'

Not quite 100 x 200 (feet), but even the smallest is a lot bigger than an NHL rink. I also think that the international rinks have the goal line farther from the end boards than an NHL rink does, don't they? I think the difference is 2 feet? That two feet makes quite a difference as well. And, I know the radii in the corners used to be smaller (tighter) on international rinks. If that is still the case, there's no question that there is a BIG difference. But, as I have said before, good players can overcome both rink sizes. It just makes things more fun...

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Small ice, i hate that endless passing in your own zone and going behind your on net on big ice. Sure as hell doesn't happen in NHL.
Yes it does.

Coaching also makes a difference in that regard, Skellefteå has a zero tolerance policy against defenders waiting behind the net and playing the boards. But I don't think that's in full effect during the playoffs.

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I also think that the international rinks have the goal line farther from the end boards than an NHL rink does, don't they? I think the difference is 2 feet? That two feet makes quite a difference as well. And, I know the radii in the corners used to be smaller (tighter) on international rinks.
I can't remember if it was this season of the one before but they changed the goal line in SHL closer to the boards like the NHL does. Regarding the tight corners, they are definitely tighter in North America.



I voted international size but it all depends of many factors. It can be boring on big ice but if NHL players played on it it wouldn't. the NHL size is too small for today's game and the player's speed. It's just back and forth, shot, save, whistle, faceoff, repeat, all too often.

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International on this, hybrid size outside these two options

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A compromise, aka the Finnish size. But with the choices above, NHL.
Agreed. NHL is better than IIHF but could definitely benefit from a bit more space.

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Small ice, the larger ice breeds defensive hockey and has way too many dead zones.

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I prefer the small NHL ice.

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NHL-size ice, if only because I'm not nearly as used to seeing games on international-sized ice.

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I voted for International size, BUT, I may not know what I'm talking about.

The only hockey I watch that is on international size rinks is international hockey - with our (Canada) best team possible and the same (I assume) for all the other guys. So the calibre of play is very high and the hockey is great. If I had to watch club teams (KHL, SEL for example), I might not like it as much...
Pretty much this, the majority of people from North America aren't going to have an informed opinion on the subject.

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I'm Russian, but I have to admit the NHL rinks are more entertaining because the game goes faster and more physical
Watching the Admiral game... No!

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I voted international size but it all depends of many factors. It can be boring on big ice but if NHL players played on it it wouldn't. the NHL size is too small for today's game and the player's speed. It's just back and forth, shot, save, whistle, faceoff, repeat, all too often.
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Then don't watch Admiral's games.

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