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|Improving the NHL|
With the NHL's All-Star Weekend upon us, ESPN.com has a series of stories on how to improve NHL hockey:
Playoff hockey may be humanity's greatest sporting achievement. The fastest sport that doesn't require combustion engines and lots of guys from Alabama becomes the most physical and intense undertaking in athletics when the quest for the Stanley Cup begins. Each game is three hours of unfiltered sport.
Unfortunately, those three-hour games follow six months of regular-season hockey. And while the owners and players can worry about fixing the game's financial structure with the next collective bargaining agreement, Page 2 thinks the league's biggest problems are in the arenas and on the ice.
As the hockey world gathers in Minnesota for this weekend's All-Star Game festivities, here are 10 things Page 2 would change about the sport:
10. Gloves must stay on during fights
|Hockey fights are fun -- but wouldn't you love a punch-counter?|
9. Settle overtime ties with Zamboni races
6. No carpets for award presentations
|All-Star Ilya Kovalchuk could join his fellow Russians, and take on the rest of the league.|
4. Make the goal bigger
3. Jersey modifications
|"Oh, Canada ... say can you see ... "|