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Bigger nets, more Canadian teams ... no problem!

Updated: February 6, 2007, 12:41 PM ET
By John Buccigross | ESPN.com

• I was asked recently by a friend, "What is your favorite thing about the NHL?"

My favorite thing about the NHL is the overall skill level of the players. Hockey has no clumsy 7-footers, no overweight first basemen and no 330-pound linemen. The beauty of hockey, and soccer, is nearly everyone is an athlete in terms of body composition, foot speed and agility. The athleticism is phenomenal. Players entering the NHL are in great shape. Sidney Crosby had a ...

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