There are a lot of differences between Olympic hockey and hockey that we are used to when watching the NHL games.
The Olympic hockey is very exciting, the games are fast and intense, players are on the ice for less than a minute often, before being changed so they can rest.
They don’t just coast around surprised when the other team scores like some teams… not to name any leafs or anything..
There are a lot of differences between the two. Some rules or changes are a bit more subtle and perhaps do not have as much as an impact on the game. Other differences are more pronounced and do.
A lot of NHL players are on the teams, close to 150, so they are used to playing on the NHL ice. Well the mens teams. But the ladies teams play on NHL ice for some of the countries as well, two for sure. lol. So the ladies coast out on to the Olympic ice and go woo hoo look at all the room. 😉
The obvious difference is the size of the ice rink.
The NHL ice is about 200 feet by 85 feet. Olympic ice is about 210 by 98. On Olympic ice there is an extra two feet behind the net.
So how does this somewhat tiny change impact the game? It doesn’t sound like a big change, it really does change the way the players used to smaller ice play though. The goal is farther away from the corners, there is more room behind the net for two players, resulting in the puck being taken away from you when you are used to blocking attempts more easily. There is more skating on the Olympic ice.
ok so now a post about something that I know little about.
Sometimes things break. Sometimes they are fixed.. other times not fixed that well.. some things are harder to fix. hmm looks for an example…
oh, totally at random.. the Maple Leafs.. no not the pretty ones on trees, they are fine, Mother nature fixes them every year.
The other leafs.. the ones in Toronto. *grumbles a bit* I think they have been broken for a while. *tries to look cheerful* *fails*
You see the problem is easy, there is no attempt to fix this. *nods*, the proof is clear, oh, they say they are doing this and doing that, firing and hiring, and pointing fingers.. but they aren’t doing anything, not even practicing it seems… *grumbles more* *whispers* why aren’t they practicing?
I have the answer to that too. *nods lots*
oh no, don’t get out you wallet.. they don’t need money.
The problem is you. *points*
You keep cheering them on, going to games.. buying hot dogs and beer.. (gawds.. wonders how you do that)
Oh, the games are fun to go and see. It is exciting to cheer them on in person… (is getting harder to do though) and the hot dogs and beer do taste good there. But that is the problem you see. we keep going to the games… so there is no incentive to fix the problem. We flap our arms, jump up and down, eat more hot dogs and drink more beer…. but they still don’t try to win.. gawds.. even when it is 3-1 for them… and only seconds to go they manage to give it away… *grimaces*
I know how to do it. How to fix the team so they win.
STOP GOING TO THE GAMES. DON’T WATCH THEM ON T.V.
Then they will gasp and suddenly they will fix the problem. Right now they don’t need to. You are the problem, you are supporting them. You see, you are the boss of the team. You are not letting them know you are not happy. The person with the wallet is the boss, watching the games on T.V or seeing them live…. you are not letting them know. Oh they hear us complain.. but they laff.. oh they have serious faces during the interview’s.. when trying to explain what happened.. or didn’t. but then they cash their pay cheque’s and laff again.
it really is that simple.