In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
In response to kelvana33's comment:
Wow, was I wrong. I would have guessed blocked shots over the past 5 years would have doubled blcoked shots in the 80's-early 90's.Easily. ..And thats just from watching games.
The composite sticks, one piece argument etc..Yeah players can shoot the puck faster, but that never bothered me in net. If a guy can shoot, he can shoot, doesnt matter what he has, it's his accuracy I'm more worried about. As far as safety for goalies regarding them, when I'm down in my crease and people are hacking away, I'm sure glad not many people use the wooden ones anymore, they hurt more on the back of your head.
The chest protectors,pads,blockers and gloves can all be reduced without compromising safety. The two smallest items on me, cup (that doesnt sound good) and knee gaurds happen to provide the best protection.
Thanks for the support, Kel. According to others, because I've never played goal, I must not know what I'm talking about.
When you were loooking up those blocked shots stats, were you at least a bit suprised by them? I was thrown for a loop when I saw them, would have never had guessed that. For me, it just seems more now, next time I see an old game (Tugnutt game should be on this week) I'm going to pay attention to the blocked shots. And who knows, there probably were as many shots blocked in a 7-5 game as there are in a 2-1 game today...Which brings us to.....
I'd love to break this down one day, look back those years at shots attempted,shot on net etc.Compare it today...Stuff fascinates me.