Mystery of magic hockey hands starts and ends at the head

York University kinesiology Professor Norman Gledhill recently established one of the things that sets hockey players apart, reported The Globe and Mail Oct. 18. He’s the man behind the fitness testing at the NHL’s annual scouting combine, and in testing more than 300 players discovered something about their wingspan. The distance from fingertip to fingertip is typically in direct relationship to height from head to toe, although roughly 15 per cent of people have a shorter wingspan than their height; the rest have a larger one, and the maximum variance is typically two or three inches. Among hockey players, roughly 15 per cent have a wingspan less than their height, but those whose arms are longer are much longer than in the general population, as much as seven or eight inches greater than their height. “I’m not sure that hockey players have bigger hands on average than you or I, but we can say their reachability is greater, and that surely has an impact on things like stickhandling and generating power from a slap shot,” he said. Read full story.

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