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What I Miss in Today’s NHL

Ever since I was born (March 31, 1983), I have been a huge hockey fan. I follow all the teams, players, statistics, writers, broadcasters, have all the highlight tapes, have all the books, have interned for Stan Fischler and have done much, more more in the game of hockey.

Now, I do not claim to be an expert in our great game but I do consider myself an extremely knowledgeable hockey fan who has a lot to offer in terms of hockey opinions.

With that in mind, and I may only be 28 years old, I’d like to mention some things that I miss in today’s NHL:

Old Division Names

When I first got into hockey, it was the Wales Conference (now known as the Eastern Conference) and the Clarence Campbell Conference (now known as the Western Conference. It was the Patrick Division, Adams Division, Smythe Division, and Norris Division. Yes, there are obviously more teams now than when I first started following but I miss those particular division makeups. These helped to create rivalries that still stand today and while also creating some of the greatest Stanley Cup Playoff games and series.

Home and Away Jerseys

Growing up, the home team always wore white jerseys and the away team always wore dark jerseys. Whatever happened to that? Yes, I know that back in the days of the original six, the home team wore dark and the away team wore white so I understand the tradition part of it. With that said, I still wish that the NHL would go back to making the home teams wear white and the away teams wear dark.

Goalies Not Looking Like Michelin Men

As someone who is a goaltender, I understand the need to be protected and to wear the proper equipment that will make you feel safe and comfortable.

With that said, these days, NHL netminders look like Godzilla in between the pipes. What happened to goaltenders who used to look like Mike Vernon, Curtis Joseph, Mike Richter, Chris Terreri, Ron Tugnutt, Andy Moog, etc. These guys relied on their athleticism and skill to stop the puck rather than hoping that the puck would just catch part of their equipment.

Believe me, I know that this won’t change anytime soon but nevertheless, it is still something I miss and wonder how many more goals would be scored in today’s NHL if the goaltenders were not so darn big in their equipment between the pipes.


They may not be much but these are the three things that I miss the most in today’s NHL. What do you guys miss the most? How would it impact today’s NHL?

Let’s hear your thoughts!

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Baroque's avatar

Division names being changed bother me as well. It was such a small thing, but really took away some of the history of the game and made it more generic.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 01/23/11 at 11:18 AM ET

K24's avatar

I know we’re both Rangers fans but I have to disagree with you about the home team wearing white. I like that they wear blue at home.  And I’m only 2 years older than you so this doesn’t come from nostalgia for the Original 6 era.

I can’t think of anything I miss except what it felt like to be a fan as a kid.  Wearing my jersey to school, waiting for autographs after a day game and not caring that I only met 4th-liners smile , spending some one-on-one time with my dad because we were the only 2 fans in the family.  Also, I can’t help but wonder if my favorite players would still be my favorites if the internet with blogs and Twitter had been around back then.

Posted by K24 from NYC on 01/23/11 at 12:48 PM ET


I miss huge bench clearing brawls, or even if the benches don’t clear, fights were everyone on the ice is involved.  Also I feel the instigator rule has done more harm then good.  I don’t necessarily want this to happen every game, but it would be nice if each time average 4 or 5 in a season.

I think the NHL is starting to make the right steps towards reducing the goalie equipment.  It needs further tweaking.  But an example of the NHL getting right is with the leg pads, initially they just put generalized length restrictions on goal pads, but then really tall goalies were having to use pads that were not really long enough , so now the length requirements are based on the goalies height.

Posted by wingsnut25 on 01/23/11 at 01:30 PM ET

utahgentile's avatar

Get rid of the advertisements plastered on the dashers and imbedded in the ice.  It cheapens the game somehow.

Posted by utahgentile from the land of white and delightsome people on 01/23/11 at 01:58 PM ET

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Patrick has a tremendous passion for hockey. Besides covering the Rangers and the NHL for Kukla's Korner, you can also find Patrick's work over at Sportsnet.ca, The Red Light District Hockey Blog, NHL Home Ice, and Liam Maguire's Ultimate Hockey web site.

Prior to writing for the above mentioned outlets, you could find Patrick's musings at hockey web sites/outlets such as TheHockeyNews.com, TheFourthPeriod.com, Spector's Hockey, Hokeja Vestnesis, Blueshirt Bulletin, SNYRangersBlog.com and many more.

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