Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/09/05 at 11:00 AM ET
I didn't suffer any damage to my teeth watching the first few games in the new-look NHL. I comment on my teeth because, for the past five years or so, I have spent most of the time, while watching NHL games, grinding my teeth together unable to stomach the product that for 82 games, plus pre-season and playoffs, was being passed off as the greatest spectator team sport. Why the sudden change? First, gone from the games (thus far) is the hacking, grabbing, impeding and general wrestling that went on in the neutral zone as players of speed and skill were brought down (many times literally) to the level of the slow and less skilled so that the latter could compete on the same ice surface as the former. What I see now are players able to generate true skating speed up the ice with and without the puck, thus producing a much better flow to the game. The result? No grinding of my teeth.
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