A PhD student of Africology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with hockey blood pumping through my veins. My claims to fame are as follows: a.) In high school, I once shadowed Joe Pavelski, b.) I drove the Zamboni for 5 years, and c.) I spent one month in Ghana, where I manufactured an upset of two Chinese ping pong players and put a football shot off the crossbar playing with villagers near Accra.
I created a blog called Bettman's Nightmare a while ago because my buddies kept filling my inbox with their ramblings, so I figured it could be a outlet for us. Like children with a new toy, they ignored the blog, and still fill up my inbox. But here I am.
Helmet usage amongst NHL players increased rapidly in the 1970s and '80s, and it was primarily the result of an increase in the speed of the NHL game. These two major shifts helped shaped hockey as we enjoy it today.