Best Sioux hockey memories in Men's Hockey Posted July 3 On 7/1/2020 at 10:51 PM, burd said: I'm old enough to remember back to Earl Anderson, Jim Cahoon, and Al Hangsleben, but watching these archived games is really a learning experience. New (renewed) appreciation for Ian Kidd. Hrkac's on ice intelligence quotient was through the roof. Hockey in the late 80s was still very physical, but there seems to have been less chickensh*t stuff after the whistle. I guess since the players weren't punished as severely for the big hits and fighting, they were less interested in small-time showy stuff like facewashes and stickwork. It's good they are making the game safer and more wide open nowadays, so I'm not complaining about the way it is called now. Just an observation. I may be wrong, but with the large increase in numbers playing the game in the States since the 70s, the game has gotten a LOT more competitive. As good as they were, I don't see how those teams from the 80s would fare as well against the top teams today. And I'm an old timer inclined to remember things as being better than they were. The speed of the game has changed tremendously over the years. HS kids now play at the speed of the 90's college teams, and college teams play at the speed of the pro game in the nineties. And the pro game now is crazy fast. Add that to the equipment changes, especially goalie pad area, and toss in big goaltenders and yeah, the 1980's college teams would struggle to have a winning record. And yeah, there is no off season any more.