My favorite game or is was I used to love this game when there were six teams and a few years after that. It was fast and skillful. Expansion however changed all that. In order to satisfy the American thirst for violence in the coliseum, the size and weight of the individual hockey player slowly increased from probably an average of one hundred and seventy five pound to over two hundred. This applies particularly in the south where hockey had never been seen Itâ€™s no wonder that soccer has never been and probably will never be a major sport in the US. There is not enough violence just skill and speed. No one can tell me, that players over two hundred pounds can be as fast as one hundred and seventy five pound athletes. During the Vancouver Olympics last year I found a web site listing all the speed skaters and their stats. They were anywhere from one hundred and sixty to one hundred and eighty pounds. If the over two hundred pound athletes could compete in that sport they would be there. The sad thing about this is that weâ€™ll never see players such as Bobby Orr or Wayne Gretzky again; that kind of amazing talent does not come in the large economy size. What is even sadder is the talent pool. I donâ€™t know what the percentage of the population is over two hundred at a fit eighteen. Letâ€™s say 10 percent. That leaves maybe fifty percent at around one hundred and seventy five pounds. How many Orrâ€™s and Gretzkyâ€™s are being ignored. It is a great game with thousands of young players dreaming of playing in the NHL; For most of them getting there will remain just a dream; few will get there unless their genetic makeup leaves them weighing at least two hundred at eighteen. There are of course players in the NHL weighing less then two hundred probably goal tenders but the average is way over two hundred pounds.