I see nothing wrong with a 48 minute game plus a 5 minute overtime (if needed) and shootout (if needed). Basketball is a good example.
"In the United States, professional basketball refers to the NBA, which has games that last 48 minutes of regulation"
"In European professional games and FIBA, each game consists of 40 minutes of regulation"
If I were Commissioner I would also ban bodychecking between the two blue lines.
Question 1: What is so terrible about a 48 minute game?
Question 2: What is so terrible about banning body checks in the neutral zone?
Getting back to 18 and 19 year olds playing in the NHL, I still think that is too young and the NHL agrees with me.
"The NHL, of course, would prefer moving in the other direction, possibly to a 20-year-old draft"
1. a 48 minute game cheats the paying fan of 12 minutes of hockey. An 18 year old has a right to make a living not play junior for peanuts
I think raising the draft age to 20 will encourage more kids to get a college education. Many American universities offer full hockey scholarships.An 18 year old has a right to make a living not play junior for peanuts
I do not think a 48 minute game would prolong any player's career...it would just mean less playing time for the fourth line (and on some teams the third line). The star players would still get their ice time as coaches play to win today and would keep playing their best players the same amount of time they currently do. If anything I would expect to see the fourth liners playing twice as hard and physical knowing that they were going to only have a few shifts a game...you may actually see more injuries if you shorten the game.
That's a big NO, to a 48 minute game. As others have stated, it will do nothing to prolong a career, there is no basis for a statement like that. It is a game that has an element of risk to it, like all contact sports and that risk is not diminished by shortening the period of time you play the game for.
Selected to All Star team. Bonus - $212,500
This isn't the "old" Leaf management. Lou and Shanny will make sure this kid is a long term Leaf and they will build around him. Consider him a franchise player.