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Hockey question; when a player scores - why is he immediately removed from the ice?

Asked by zensky (13367points) December 6th, 2011

That doesn’t happen in any other sport I can think of – soccer, basketball, lacrosse…

If he shoots on goal and misses – it’s the same amount of exertion as shooting and scoring – so why remove hm when he’s “hot”? It makes no sense. He should keep playing… right?

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jrpowell's avatar

To check for unobstructed clefts.

amujinx's avatar

A player who scores isn’t always taken off the ice right after a goal. The idea is that players only play about 30 second shifts so that they can go full tilt the entire time they are on the ice. Obviously this can be longer if a team creates a sustained attack or is hemmed in their own end. But if a player scores late in his shift, he’ll probably be taken off the ice to keep the shift changes rolling smoothly. If he scores early in his shift, there’s a chance that he’ll stay on the ice. An example of a player staying on the ice after a goal.

This is for recent hockey though. Older hockey tended to keep a line on the ice if they just scored. How else would you explain Bill Mosienko’s record that will probably never be beaten of 3 goals in 21 seconds back in 1952?

zensky's avatar

30 second shifts?

ucme's avatar

Because now that he’s scored he doesn’t give a puck.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@zensky They play short shifts in hockey, usually not 30 seconds though. After a score play is stopped, so it makes line changes easier. If the coach leaves the shooter in, they have to change on the fly, which is much riskier than a change while play is stopped. Most teams have four lines that play.

amujinx's avatar

Yes, the goal usually is for 30 second shifts. That’s typical hockey philosophy only though, 30 second shifts rarely happen. That’s for your average 3rd or 4th liner though. For a 1st or 2nd liner, you would probably let them stay on longer ( a quick example is Phil Kessel, who is currently averaging about 50 seconds a shift). Defense usually has slightly longer shifts too when you consider that a team only has 3 defensive pairings to 4 offensive lines. The idea is 30 second shifts for your 3rd or 4th liners so it’s just enough time to give your 1st and 2nd liners a breather you want them out on the ice again.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Did anyone see the saves on Kessel’s shots on Brodeur last night?

zensky's avatar

Thanks guys.

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