Blogger Darren Barefoot had an interesting post last week that asks a hockey question I'm sure many of us have wondered at some point: Why do most NHL players shoot left?
After all, with only about 10 per cent of the population actually being left handed, it would stand to reason hockey players, like baseball players and golfers, would predominantly shoot right handed. As Darren goes on to say, that's not the case:
* Of 1071 NHL players and prospects, 65% shoot left.My advice to the young defencemen out there? Learn to play right handed, as it'll help enhance your prospects in the pros (I'm kidding).
* Among forwards only, 61% shoot left.
* Among defencemen, 72% shoot left.
It did, however, work for Nolan Baumgartner this summer.