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12-11-2007, 01:48 PM
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Are there any ambidextrous players in the NHL ?

Yeah , i know that it may sound like a weird question but is there any player in the NHL who can shoot/deke either right or left without any problems ? Personally i don't think i have ever seen a player switch side during a game since i watch hockey (20 years) but i may be wrong and that's why i'm asking.

And btw , i'm not sure if "ambidexte" is the right word in english so sorry if it's not.I do know that the word "ambidextry" exist though


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The word in English is ambidextrous.

And you ask a good question, I'm not sure if there are any. I remember that Montreal used to have a goalie a long time ago (I think it was Bill Durnan) who wore two catching gloves and no blocker and I'm assuming he was possibly ambidextrous...

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Gordie Howe was able to shoot both handed and to a lesser extent Yvan Cournoyer.

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The word in English is ambidextrous.

And you ask a good question, I'm not sure if there are any. I remember that Montreal used to have a goalie a long time ago (I think it was Bill Durnan) who wore two catching gloves and no blocker and I'm assuming he was possibly ambidextrous...
Alright , thanks for correcting me on my not so perfect english grammar .

As for Bill Durnan , well i'm pretty much a noob when it comes to anything below 1970 (except for some stuff about the great like Rocket ect) so i didn't knew about him.Must not have been easy to play without 2 catching gloves and no blocker/stick.

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Gordie Howe was able to shoot both handed and to a lesser extent Yvan Cournoyer.
Didn't knew that

Thanks for the info

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On Rockem Sockem 6, Jeff Brown scores a goal by taking a slapshot 'shooting left' against Chicago (he regularly shot right).

It's near the end the video, right around the point when Neely scores using a spin-o-rama against Ottawa.

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Alright , thanks for correcting me on my not so perfect english grammar .

As for Bill Durnan , well i'm pretty much a noob when it comes to anything below 1970 (except for some stuff about the great like Rocket ect) so i didn't knew about him.Must not have been easy to play without 2 catching gloves and no blocker/stick.


He wore modified catching gloves, where you could hold your stick with either hand but also use it to catch the puck. He would often switch hands if the opposing player had a breakaway to take away the angle or to confuse him. You can sort of see it in this picture.


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Funny story about Bill Durnan:

He would indeed switch hands if the player had a breakaway. He did this once with Hull coming down the off wing. Hull saw this, switched hands himself, and scored just the same.

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He wore modified catching gloves, where you could hold your stick with either hand but also use it to catch the puck. He would often switch hands if the opposing player had a breakaway to take away the angle or to confuse him. You can sort of see it in this picture.
Fascinating. Does anyone have an idea if this would be illegal in the NHL now?

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He wore modified catching gloves, where you could hold your stick with either hand but also use it to catch the puck. He would often switch hands if the opposing player had a breakaway to take away the angle or to confuse him. You can sort of see it in this picture.

Nice pic.
Look like it may not have been that bad after all.

Would it be legal if a goalie wanted to do the same today ?

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I know that Chelios can and has shot left handed when the situation called for it.

And Gordie Howe also could shoot either way. In fact, I still have a tape at home where he goes through drills and he does them both left and right-handed.

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Chelios switches his stick around and trys to shoot left handed during the game once in a while.

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I know that Chelios can and has shot left handed when the situation called for it.

And Gordie Howe also could shoot either way. In fact, I still have a tape at home where he goes through drills and he does them both left and right-handed.
Interesting about Chelios

I never saw him do it when he was with the Habs (or at any other time for that matter) but maybe i simply wasn't paying attention.

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Funny story about Bill Durnan:

He would indeed switch hands if the player had a breakaway. He did this once with Hull coming down the off wing. Hull saw this, switched hands himself, and scored just the same.
I think you mean Howe, Hull broke in long after Durnan retired.

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Cournoyer and Chelios were the only two I knew.

I saw Cournoyer score on a right handed one timer once.

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Chelios doesn't 'shoot' with his left handed shot, but he sometimes does it for clearing the zone

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Nice pic.
Look like it may not have been that bad after all.

Would it be legal if a goalie wanted to do the same today ?

Didn't Dan Blackburn wear two blockers during his attempted comeback?

Maybe someone has a picture of that too?

EDIT: found it...




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Chelios doesn't 'shoot' with his left handed shot, but he sometimes does it for clearing the zone
He tried it this season with the wings. The puck was near the center of the ice in the offensive zone and he was coming in on the right.
He switched over his stick to left handed and tried to shoot it in the net from a little bit in from the blue line.
He missed the net however, but he might over scored had he hit the net.

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Patrick Marleau and Alexander Korolyuk would switch sometimes if the situation called for it (in the slot and don't want to get the puck on the backhand), but not on something like a breakaway.

Marco Sturm subtley changes on two-on-ones sometimes.

Brad Stuart as well.

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Not that Im in the NHL, but, Im ambidextrous, and I switch things occasionally too.

I favor the right side mostly... because as you know.. everything in society is set up that way.. scissors, guitars, etc etc.

But its helped my drumming a ton, and when it comes to sports... like baseball with switch hitting, or running the football being able to protect both sides... and I HAVE done it in hockey before to switch up sticks and that sort... in fact I play with a moderately flat blade so that sometimes I can switch in game rather than go backhand...

Thought I was the only one doing this!

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As for today, most players have curved sticks right?

So unless they have a set of custom sticks of both left AND right handed curves, shooting ambidextrous in a single game would be quite difficult, no?

I know most players have a set of 6 or so sticks in any game (in the extreme case of breaking more than one or two sticks)

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