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    P.K. Subban: ‘One day I’d love to be the commissioner of the NHL’

    Can you imagine hockey’s most vocal ambassador and one of its most exciting players serving as commissioner?

    It’ll never happen, of course, but when P.K. Subban joined the Bill Simmons Podcast this week, he pondered the idea, and discussed some of the things he’d change.

    “One day I’d love to be the commissioner of the NHL,” Subban said. ([URL="https://theringer.com/bill-simmons-podcast-d3868264a984#.q6zyfl3rq"]Listen to the full podcast here[URL])

    “Let’s play less games. Our game is just (as), if not more physical than the NFL. They play 16 games all year, we play 82, plus travel, plus playoffs.

    "Jonathan Toews has played over 100 games a year probably consistently over the past five or six years. Think of the wear and tear on your body."
    “If I had it my way, I would like to see the games get cut down,” Subban said. “82 games, in my opinion, it’s a grind. You’re going to see great players’ careers ended shorter because of the fact they’re playing more games. And you look at this year just the schedule alone, we’ve been playing almost every second day for the whole season. It’s been crazy because of the World Cup and the All-Star Game and all these extra things coming in.

    “The days of seeing guys who have 22-year careers – only the freaks will be able to do that.”
    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/p-k-subban-one-day-id-love-commissioner-nhl/



    He also talks with Simmons about the number of Canadian teams, changing the Norris Trophy to the Bobby Orr Trophy, and more.
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    Less games never because of the money

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    gotta remember that the commissioner is basically an employee of the owners. They'd never hire someone who took the interest and perspective of the players in mind before their own.
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    Not that I disagree with him really, but hockey is nowhere near as physical as football.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Future View Post
    Not that I disagree with him really, but hockey is nowhere near as physical as football.
    Have to agree here. Growing up playing hockey I always thought it was on par with football.
    But after seeing my son play let 10 years or so, I realize football is at a different level of physical grind. (Per game )


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    Quote Originally Posted by Puck Head View Post
    Have to agree here. Growing up playing hockey I always thought it was on par with football.
    But after seeing my son play let 10 years or so, I realize football is at a different level of physical grind. (Per game )


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    I guess you could make a case that a physical defenseman plays a more taxing game than, say, a small WR. And I think the 82+ game season can take the same toll.

    But in general, its almost laughable. I think people don't realize how big NFL players are. Dustin Byfuglien is, what, 270 and is by far the biggest guy in the NHL. He doesn't even qualify to play 9 or 10 positions on the football field even at the D-1 college level. I mean, Scott Stevens who might be the hardest hitter to ever play the game, is smaller than Tony Romo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Future View Post
    I guess you could make a case that a physical defenseman plays a more taxing game than, say, a small WR. And I think the 82+ game season can take the same toll.

    But in general, its almost laughable. I think people don't realize how big NFL players are. Dustin Byfuglien is, what, 270 and is by far the biggest guy in the NHL. He doesn't even qualify to play 9 or 10 positions on the football field even at the D-1 college level. I mean, Scott Stevens who might be the hardest hitter to ever play the game, is smaller than Tony Romo.
    It's insane how big they are now. The Redskins in the early 90's had a offensive line nicknamed the "hogs", who were just massive.
    Their average weight was 270

    My 15 year old plays noseguard/left tackle, (I had to ask him), weighs 260....and isn't considered one of the very big guys on his high school team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puck Head View Post
    It's insane how big they are now. The Redskins in the early 90's had a offensive line nicknamed the "hogs", who were just massive.
    Their average weight was 270

    My 15 year old plays noseguard/left tackle, (I had to ask him), weighs 260....and isn't considered one of the very big guys on his high school team.
    That's pretty big for a 15 year old lol. But if he's a varsity player I wouldn't expect that he's very big.

    For comparison, I played semi-pro the last few years and this summer (5 11, 280) and played DE/RT. On offense, I was about 20 lbs lighter than everyone else, and these are all just regular freaking guys.

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