Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/05/11 at 12:50 AM ET
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
There are no yard-markers in hockey, no punts, no such thing as a quarterback sneak or fans trying to tear down the goal posts. But there is something trending between hockey and football and it goes beyond big, angry men hitting each other with hazardous intent.
In a multitude of ways, the National Hockey League is becoming more like the National Football League. More reliant on coaching. More prone to systems. More dependent on video – lots and lots of video, before games, during games, on off days and travel days.
It’s not a drastic makeover, it’s more a subtle shift. Look at how NHL teams have expanded their number of assistant coaches over the years, even at the minor-league level. There are positional coaches, specialty coaches, strength and conditioning coaches. There are coaches scouting opponents and game-day coaches watching from the press box in communication with coaches on the players’ bench.
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