Couldn't disagree more with this.
I'm 6'4", and the last thing on my mind when I was about to make body contact with an opponent was 'oh - better to lower myself a tad so I don't run the risk of injuring the poor guy'...If anything I kept my elbows in, and tried to used my frame moreso than my shoulder so I wouldn't risk dislocation.
For a taller player to lower his stance would only increase the chance for a lower back injury, and - or being the guy getting knocked on his ass by altering his balance...As for widening your stance - I found that if I missed contact with my opponent I'd risk going knee-on-knee, and that ain't good either.
Guys just gotta keep their heads up.
I couldn't agree with you more.
It is going to be very difficult to take headshots out of the game. These are trained professionals, the most talented athletic best skaters and fastest thinking hockey players in the world. They already know that the NHL is clamping down on headshots but can't figure out how to hit a guy at full game speed intensity without getting atleast a part of the mellon along the way.
Think aobut it: what does a player's stance look like when he has the puck and is on a rush up the ice? He has to lead with his head! Therefore, the head is going to be vulnerable to a hit.
The defensemen that is rushing over to cutoff that player's lane also has to lead with his head. But even if he targets the puck carrier's shoulder or chest, the law's of momentum are likely going to cause the head to be impacted also.
There is an ******* in my league that is pretty heavy. I passed the puck but saw that he was hell bent on still taking a run at me. I learned to hit as a tailback and strong safety in football, so just as he was about to make contact with me I got really low and exploded into him. I hit him right in the chest; but his head flung down on impact and recoiled back after the hit and he landed on his head, skates up in the air. As low as i got, it still impacted his head.
Physiologically speaking, it's going to be difficult to take head contact out of the game. This is going to be a mess for a while.
Edit: The solution is to somehow minimize the shoulder and elbow pads so they are not weapons. If a player feels he will not get hurt at all by creaming somebody, he will not think twice about it. But if he knows it's going to hurt him too, he'll back off a lot. Like in th old days of the NFL when everyone arm tackled. Go back to Chelios/Shanahan style pads or something of that sort, with leather helmets. Flame on.
Edited by T.Low, 05 November 2010 - 02:57 PM.