whcanuck Posted May 4, 2017 Share Posted May 4, 2017 Hey guys So I've been watching hockey for about 25 years now (not as long as some, but that's still a decent amount of time.) Started watching around the '92-93 season in the height of the Mario and Gretzky era and the early days of the Russian Rocket Pavel Bure :). Started really watching hockey a lot closer after the Canucks famous '94 Cup run and was an avid follower from then on. When I go back and watch the old highlights, especially from the 1990s, I get a sense the game was more exciting. The players' overall skill level was not as high as it is now, the guys that did have that high skill tended to dominate...the Bures, the Yzermans, the Sakics etc. It seemed especially that the old arenas, like the Pacific Coliseum, Montreal Forum, Maple Leaf Gardens, Chicago Stadium, provided a lot more intimate experience for the fan, like they were almost right on top of the ice and it seemed like those crowds could generate a ton of noise! (that may have something to do with lower ticket prices and fans were likely more everyday people than the high-rolling businessmen that fill NHL arenas now, but that's another debate). Just compare the noise level from Game 6 of the '94 Finals at the Pacific Coliseum to any Canucks game ever played at Rogers Arena (2011 Finals included) and I don't think the noise is anywhere close to what it was back then. It seemed like the personalities were more interesting back then too, you could always spot Lemieux, Gretzky or Yzerman when they had the puck, now it seems that almost every player is so talented and similar that they all come off some assembly line that creates hockey players (a few exceptions of course, you can always spot McDavid and Crosby out there). The games back then seemed a lot more end to end, trading scoring chance for scoring chance, but now the players are so big and fast and the systems are so structured that it's become more like soccer, where you really have to work and be patient for a scoring opportunity. I'm trying not to be too much the guy that always says "everything in the past used to be better" because that's not true. Players have tons of ability now and the goaltending position has evolved in leaps and bounds throughout the past quarter century. Plus the latter half of the 90s wasn't so great with the Devils' implementation of the neutral zone trap and the merciless clutch and grab era. What would you guys do to make hockey more exciting? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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