This thread was inspired by Millz So I've always felt the game back in the day (lets just say the John Ziegler Era of the NHL) was a glorious time. But the more I watch old clips the more I think, "wow this is a low level of skill compared to what we have today." I dont mean to take anything away from those guys, I mean players like Phil Esposito and Wayne Gretzky, huge players that deserve the tremendous respect they get. But when you watch a Gretzky Goal (and this was a random selection) YouTube - Wayne Gretzky's goal (EDM-NYI 5/17/84) vs. an Alexander Ovechkin Goal (again random selection) YouTube - Alexander Ovechkin's 50th Goal (With "Stick On Fire" Celebration) you jsut cant help but notice a faster pace, harder shot, better goaltending. The whole 9 yards. ~~~~ So heres my frustration, is it just the equipment? Or has skill really gotten better? Whats your opinion on it?