by Patrick Hoffman on 01/23/11 at 11:00 AM ET
Ever since I was born (March 31, 1983), I have been a huge hockey fan. I follow all the teams, players, statistics, writers, broadcasters, have all the highlight tapes, have all the books, have interned for Stan Fischler and have done much, more more in the game of hockey.
Now, I do not claim to be an expert in our great game but I do consider myself an extremely knowledgeable hockey fan who has a lot to offer in terms of hockey opinions.
With that in mind, and I may only be 28 years old, I’d like to mention some things that I miss in today’s NHL:
Old Division Names
When I first got into hockey, it was the Wales Conference (now known as the Eastern Conference) and the Clarence Campbell Conference (now known as the Western Conference. It was the Patrick Division, Adams Division, Smythe Division, and Norris Division. Yes, there are obviously more teams now than when I first started following but I miss those particular division makeups. These helped to create rivalries that still stand today and while also creating some of the greatest Stanley Cup Playoff games and series.
Home and Away Jerseys
Growing up, the home team always wore white jerseys and the away team always wore dark jerseys. Whatever happened to that? Yes, I know that back in the days of the original six, the home team wore dark and the away team wore white so I understand the tradition part of it. With that said, I still wish that the NHL would go back to making the home teams wear white and the away teams wear dark.
Goalies Not Looking Like Michelin Men
As someone who is a goaltender, I understand the need to be protected and to wear the proper equipment that will make you feel safe and comfortable.
With that said, these days, NHL netminders look like Godzilla in between the pipes. What happened to goaltenders who used to look like Mike Vernon, Curtis Joseph, Mike Richter, Chris Terreri, Ron Tugnutt, Andy Moog, etc. These guys relied on their athleticism and skill to stop the puck rather than hoping that the puck would just catch part of their equipment.
Believe me, I know that this won’t change anytime soon but nevertheless, it is still something I miss and wonder how many more goals would be scored in today’s NHL if the goaltenders were not so darn big in their equipment between the pipes.
They may not be much but these are the three things that I miss the most in today’s NHL. What do you guys miss the most? How would it impact today’s NHL?
Let’s hear your thoughts!
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Patrick has a tremendous passion for hockey. Besides covering the Rangers and the NHL for Kukla's Korner, you can also find Patrick's work over at Sportsnet.ca, The Red Light District Hockey Blog, NHL Home Ice, and Liam Maguire's Ultimate Hockey web site.
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