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Wild Hockey Playstyle

Hello everybody! I got another question or more of an analysis of the league if you will. I'm reading a book, Herb Brooks: The Inside Story of a Hockey Mastermind, which I've been enjoying for quiet some time. Right now I'm reading about the national championships he and the Minnesota Gophers won during the '70s. Throughout this book though it talks about Candian-style hockey, Soviet-style hockey and European-style hockey and it got me thinking, what types of styles are prelevant today and what style do the Wild run?

In football you have certain offense schemes such as the West Coast Offense, Spread, Power I, etc. I'm sure hockey has something similiar. What are some of the characterstics of these playstyles? Being even a casual hockey fan in the past I am aware of the Jacques Lemaire defensive style of play that most (all?) NHL fans as being extremely boring. I've also heard of Detroit Red Wings style of play in which its offense cycles around in the offensive zone trying to make something happen...or at least I think I heard of it. I could be wrong but I thought the announcers said it was something that European teams often do and some other NHL teams but the Red Wings did it best (at least a couple of years again anyways).

Anyways, I figure knowing the styles of play and what teams generally use what system will make watching hockey more enjoyable. Any education you could give me would be great, thanks!

The opinions posted here are not those of Hockey Wilderness

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