Tuesday, February 16, 2010

We go left

Wonder if this fun bit of information will be in the PM's infamous hockey book that never manages to get written:
According to sales figures from stick manufacturers, a majority of Canadian hockey players shoot left-handed, and a majority of American players shoot right-handed. No reason is known for this disparity, which cuts across all age groups and has persisted for decades.
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Roughly 60 percent of the Easton hockey sticks sold in Canada are for left-handed shots, Mountain said. In the United States, he said, about 60 percent of sticks sold are for right-handed shots. Figures over the years from other manufacturers have put the ratio discrepancy between the two countries as high as 70 to 30.
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On the women’s 2010 Olympic teams, which feature 21-player rosters, 15 members of Team Canada shoot left-handed compared with 10 on Team U.S.A.
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Europeans also tend to be left-handed shooters. The International Ice Hockey Federation does not keep figures by European nationality, the communications director Szymon Szemberg said. But, he said, lefty shooters have predominated. “For long spells, the great Soviet teams of the ’80s never had a player who shot right,” Szemberg said.
Blasted lefty-shooting hockey playing Canadians!

There it is. We go left, in all the important respects. Happy to have come across some very convincing and ultra-scientific evidence of this fundamental predisposition.

I think I may enjoy the hockey a little more now:)

(h/t NG)