Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/20/11 at 02:36 PM ET
from Mike Sielski of the Wall Street Journal,
Back when a goaltender’s ensemble consisted of a flimsy chest protector and a thin plastic mask strapped flush against his face (if he wore a mask at all), the position was the dominion of eccentrics. It required an odd blend of guts and inertia that bore no relation to skating, checking or anything else that was happening on the ice.
Today, the goalie looms over hockey as if he were a giant green lizard.
The consensus throughout the NHL is that goaltending has entered a golden age. Goalies are more athletic. Their equipment practically blocks the pucks for them. There’s even an advanced form of hip surgery that can rejuvenate their careers.
This tide is so strong, in fact, that new rules implemented by the NHL to boost scoring haven’t succeeded. The league’s per-game scoring average fell to 5.46 in 2010-11, a 10% decline over the previous six seasons.
thanks to a KK member for the link…
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