Friday, October 28, 2005

It's not just the goalie equipment getting bigger

I know it's no secret that NHL players have gotten bigger and bigger as time has gone on, but someone over at the NHL took the time to add up this year's numbers. It seems for this season, NHLers weigh more than ever.

An NHL study of opening-night rosters came to the conclusion that the average weight of a player is 204.9 pounds this season, the heaviest since the league started keeping track in 1972-73.

It’s up from 204.6 pounds in 2003-04, 194.4 pounds in 1993-94, 189.1 pounds in 1983-84 and 184.5 pounds in 1972-73. The average player this season is six foot one, which has been the average height since 1994-95. The average was five foot 11 in 1972-73.

No mention was made if Keith Tkachuk was the reason for the increase.

There's also no word on Tom Benjamin blaming this on Gary Bettman.


At 8:54 p.m., October 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Craziness, next thing you know they'll have some article about how the average person is taller and weighs more today than they did in 1972...

At 12:15 p.m., November 03, 2005, Blogger Achtungbaby said...

Perhaps this is just a generational blip on the statistical curve of aging. Older, proven, heavier players are a safer bet in the age of salary cap's rather than a untested, unproven, rookie.

Whom would you rather have playing at the league minimum for 8 minutes a night at the same price; a rookie or a guy who's been there?

There are old guys out there nowadays who won't just simply hang up the blades when they're not producing like they used to. They don't mind playing for less money and less ice time as long as they're playing.

Players salaries are still huge compared to the 9 to 5, Monday to Friday suckers like us. Why wouldn't they stay in as long as they could to milk the perverbial cow on all four teats?

I realize that there are obvious holes in this train of thought...I'm just putting it out there as food for thought. Please, don't go into the history of aging in the NHL, I can't take it.

Really, we're only a month into the new NHL season and the older players such as Joey Niew, Brett Hull, etc, are quickly becoming scarce. We will probaly have a resurgance of youth next year that will slowly but surely wean out the vet's who can't keep up anymore.

Hopefully if this happens, we'll all be talking about how great it is to see the new generation of younger players and not how the new NHL doesn't respect the vets anymore.

By the way, perhaps the simplist explanation is the right one...players got fat in their time off last season. I'm with you...Tkachuk probaly did boost the weight numbers by a "healthy" 5%.


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