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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

nhl- Hockey's problem: Coaches

from the IIHF, Hockey's fundamental problems cannot be addressed superficially, by changing the size of goals, equipment, adding "Bowman-lines" or "Sinden-hashmarks", deleting or adding paragraphs in the rulebook.
Hockey's problem is spelled C-O-A-C-H-E-S.
It was sometime in the late 1980s and early 1990s that coaches kidnapped the game away from the players and fans. The overemphasis on defensive systems mainly designed to clog the neutral zone area started in Sweden where some spiritual leaders spread the gospel that the best way to hockey heaven was applying a static, basketball-style zone defense.
The trap.
Swedish coach Lars Falk made Djurgarden Stockholm the best – and most boring – team in Europe in 1991 and 1992 by almost scientifically perfecting what became a virtually impenetrable 1-3-1 neutral-zone trap. The late Roger Neilson had similar success with similar tactics with NHL-teams of very limited talent....read the whole article...