Coaches who preach shot blocking need to be run out of the league

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  1. KaseMeOutside

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    In the spirit of player safety why is this sport filled with coaches that demand players block shots? I can't be the only one that cringes when I see players willingly stand in front of a 90+ MPH shot because their coach and the culture of the team demands he do it?
     
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    Shots are nothing with today’s padding
     
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    You're right. I think defencemen should stand in the corners and prevent those tricky wrap-around shoot ins from the blue line. Let the goalies stop the pucks, that's what they are paid for.
     
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    Slinding to block shot should be banned. Increase safety, increase scoring.
     
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    Have you ever been hit on the side of the skate, inner thigh, calf, hand, stomach, back, ribs tounge of skate?
    I can promise you even with pro level padding it hurts and can break things.
     
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    The premise of this thread is pretty poorly informed, but this is pretty reasonable.

    Even in beer leagues it’s nature to get in front of the shots you’re comfortable getting in front of. These guys do it for a career so their comfort level is a lot higher. It’s an instinct of the game. So coaches don’t matter. Most players will still do it regardless.

    To @LeHab’s point, that would be the way to address the issue if you think one exists. Personally I’m okay w it. No sliding to block shots makes sense on a lot of levels. And it should increase the skill necessary to actually block shots. It now requires skill to remain in good enough position to stand and block. It also opens up plays that wouldn’t be available currently. Come to think of it, I’ve hated a lot of the “gimmicky” changes, but I’m on board w this one.
     
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    I can get behind the safety aspect, but as to banning shot blocking because it hurts scoring, that’s dumb.
     
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    Just to follow up i like it because it’s a new rule that actually increases skill in the game. Eliminating sliding doesn’t decrease the skill required, it’s a net gain. And it should also lead to more scoring opportunities. It’s sort of radical but maybe no sliding in general. A ref could call interference at his descretion if he believed a player slid deliberately to block a shot or pass. It opens up a lot of plays that are otherwise unavailable.
     
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    How do we define shot blocking? Are we as players supposed to just let them shoot in the clear???? Dumb.
     
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    Regardless of their coaching preaching shot blocking or not most of those players are going to lay down to block shots on their own.
     
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    I agree, but not because of safety concerns. The coaches who do this also love playing talentless plugs for no tangible reason beyond favoritism.

    I really thought this thread would be about how out of touch most coaches and GMs are.
     
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    In the name of safety, just use a squishy ball.
     
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    Er have enough stupid rules as it is and shot blocking is a part of D

    Unless you want them to just lay down and let them shoot an infinite number of pucks on net..
     
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    If it was in the spirit of safety the game wouldn't exist. They get paid a lot of money. Believe it or not, SOME of that money is hazard pay.
     
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    2 minute penalty if anyone besides a goalie makes an attempt to stop a shot on goal.
     
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    Is this a thinly veiled Fire Carlyle thread?
     
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    Why?
     
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    No, it's not hockey.

    For the better part of the 20th century, and a hundred years from the inception of the first pro leagues (1890ish), deliberate shot blocking by skaters was virtually unheard of. This crap showed up and increased exponentially from the late 1990s on.

    I 100% support the league setting up a rule against leaving your feet to block a shot. This is ruining the show.
     
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    That would be a nightmare to call. Are you only going to call it if it appears to be intentional? What if you are just already in the way?
     
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    In those days, it was an actual act of sacrifice to get in front of a shot. Getting hit in the foot meant a broken bone and missing a month or two of action. Getting hit in the shin was agonizingly painful and would force the defender to miss a few games with a bone bruise. Sliding to block a shot meant that you might get hit in the arm or chest, and the padding didn't do much to take the edge off of it.

    Now? Guys have armor, and there's stuff that gets put on skates that prevents there from being any injury at all. There's no sacrifice involved, no real and imminent risk of an injury. It's just a way for the lowest common denominator to smother offense.
     
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    Shot blocking might be boring, but banning it would promote an equally boring style of offense. Do people love shots from the points, screens and deflections that much?

    Plus anything that gets referees more involved in the game is a step in the wrong direction IMO. We'd get a bunch of "Did he fall or did he slide moments" that would make everyone angry.
     
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    I really should have included the sarcasm emoji there so no one took that seriously :laugh::laugh:
     
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