Thursday, January 5, 2012

Does not Floorball destroy Ice hockey?

There are as many opinions about things - almost like there are people.
And it would not surprise us if some Hockey folks think that Floorball would "steal" players from Hockey or at least dilute their skills? in Canada has a long time claimed the opposite that Floorball is skill enhancing and not skill diluting for Hockey players.

You need proof?
During the last 20-30 years roughly as Floorball grew strong in Sweden, it became the second largest sport and it also became very common during PE as well as in different after school programs and has been used within Ice Hockey clubs too. Kids grew all up with it.
Did this then have a negative impact on Ice Hockey?

This is quoted from the IIHF as of yesterday:
"++ Since 2006, Sweden has been the European country with the most players selected in the NHL draft. 2011 was a record for Sweden with 28. No other European nation was even close. After the draft, Toronto GM Brian Burke quipped: “You couldn’t even go to the washroom without a Swede being picked in the meantime.”

++ Since 2007-2008, Sweden has put the highest number of rookies into the NHL of all European nations. An impressive average of ten new Swedes in the NHL per year increased to a remarkable 16 in 2010-11.

++ In 2009, Sweden took over the title of “prime European producer of NHL talent” from the Czech Republic. There were 54 Swedes in the NHL in 2009-10 and 63 last season. A new record will be set when this season is over, as  more than 65 Swedes have already played at least one game in the NHL in 2011-12."

Hm, this site would be brave if we instead would claim that a wide Floorball culture is not good for Hockey. And we would probably be brave if we would say that Basketball is a better option as players want to reach high in Hockey. 
To state that Floorball is not related at all to hockey, seems to us rather very strange position.
We are convinced about the idea that Floorball enhance skills for any level Hockey player - but also the opposite, i.e. Hockey is good for Floorball.

One more thing - you do not build a sport at the top - build at the base.


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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!