Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/10/13 at 09:00 AM ET
There is no doubt in my mind that I am a hockey fan. I've been watching this game for over 50 years and it continues to impress me every day.
The size and speed of the athletes now performing on ice has increased making me think of what our game will look like in ten years.
No matter what sport, if I were to bet on football, baseball or hockey, I would imagine the size factor would have an influence, but hockey is my game and the players are the topic today.
Look at a player like Ted Lindsay, about five and a half feet tall, probably weighed in at around 160 pounds and you wonder what type of player he would be in today's game.
He would certainly be considered a goal scorer but the nickname of "Terrible Ted" would probably not fit. Could you see him going up against some of the big, tough men in the game? He would put up a fight but the fear he used to put in the opposition would no longer be there.
In order to be considered a great fighter in the NHL these days, the first thing you need is size, without it you won't last long and will either have to change your game or find another profession. It may be harsh to say, but it is the truth, big men survive, others don't.
How about the pure goal scorers and play-makers, players like Gordie Howe, Rocket Richard, Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky and Phil Esposito. I would expect their roll would not change in today's game and they would continue to pile up points and goals at a record pace. Although...
The goalies may have something to say to that. Bigger, quicker plus the equipment size has no doubt made it more difficult to score but the above mentioned greats of the game would still find a way to bury the puck.
Next time, a look at the coaches and GMs.
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