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When did players overall accept decrease in ice-time? compare to previous generation

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07-26-2010, 08:57 PM
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When did players overall accept decrease in ice-time? compare to previous generation

Today, we still have players like Ovechkin and Kovalchuk who'd like to be out on the ice for a minute shift

When was it that players overall agreed to have less ice-time.

as we can see today, less ice time = all your energy can be exerted in a smaller time frame = higher paced shifts

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Today, we still have players like Ovechkin and Kovalchuk who'd like to be out on the ice for a minute shift

When was it that players overall agreed to have less ice-time.

as we can see today, less ice time = all your energy can be exerted in a smaller time frame = higher paced shifts
The total ice-time has not changed drastically. The number and length of shifts that total the ice-time has changed.

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The catylist for that change was Mike Keenan and the mid-1980s Philadelphia Flyers.

At the start of the 1980s, players constantly took 1-2 minutes shifts. When you watch old games, it sticks out like a sore thumb how long the shifts are. One in particular I remember is Gilbert Perreault scoring after being out forever during the 1972 Summit series, then staying out for the faceoff after the goal.

Keenan realized that fresh players being constantly cycled over every 30 seconds would dominate tired players who'd been out for over a minute, and it's one of the biggest reasons those Flyer teams dominated despite having pretty average personnel.

By 1990, everyone had caught on, and short shifts were the norm.

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