Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/05/06 at 09:49 AM ET
The players that hoist the Stanley Cup later this month will lift it higher and more easily than ever before. That's the conclusion of a unique, newly published study that dramatically documents the historical super-sizing of National Hockey League players. But after 80 years of steady increases in player size and weight, the era of NHL giants may have reached its peak this season, say Canadian sports physiologists. On average, today's Canadiens players are about 10 centimetres (four inches) taller and 17 kilograms (37 pounds) heavier than in hockey's early years. In 2003, the average Canadiens' player stood 185 centimetres (six-feet-one-inch) tall, and weighed in at 92-kilograms (202 pounds), compared with an average height of 175 centimetres (about five-feet-nine inches) and a weight of 75 kilograms (165 pounds) in the 1920s.more
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