Are there more lefties or righties in the NHL?

Among the NHL’s top-10 goal scorers of all time, five are lefties, five righties. But historically, lefties have accounted for about 70 percent of the league’s players.

What percentage of the NHL is left-handed?

60 to 70 percent
Some left-right stats: Roughly 60 to 70 percent of NHL players are left-handed shooters, depending on the season. Six of the NHL’s top 10 current scorers are lefty shots, but three of the top five goals leaders shoot right-handed.

Is it better to be lefty or righty in hockey?

The dominant hand should go at the top of the hockey stick. By far the most common opinion is that your dominant hand should be at the top of the stick. This means that a right-hand-dominant person should shoot left-handed in hockey.

Was Gretzky right or left-handed?

2: Wayne Gretzky. “The Great One” is actually right handed, but since he accomplished his NHL records using a lefty stick he makes the list.

What hand was Gretzky?

Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky CC
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Indianapolis Racers Edmonton Oilers Los Angeles Kings St. Louis Blues New York Rangers

Do left-handed hockey players have an advantage?

Handedness and NHL success And their statistical performance is nearly identical as well. Except there’s just one difference: how quickly they reach the NHL. Left shots reach the NHL a tad bit quicker than right shots.

Why do most hockey players shoot left?

Having the stronger hand near the butt end of the stick also makes stickhandling much easier and more fluid, too. Some players may simply feel more natural shooting left, too, but the large influx of left-handers is primarily due to how children learned to hold the stick and shoot/pass the puck.

What hand do most hockey players shoot with?

According to the website Hockey Reference, for the five seasons prior to this year, from 2012-13 to 2016-17, 62.1 percent of players shot left-handed versus 37.9 percent who played right-handed.

Do left handed hockey players have an advantage?

Is Sidney Crosby left-handed?

While American kids might grow up watching LeBron James, Tom Brady, or Clayton Kershaw on the television, Canadian youth are much more likely to be watching Sidney Crosby, or another left-handed hockey player from Canada.

What hand is Sidney Crosby?

Sidney Crosby
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team Pittsburgh Penguins

Does handedness matter in hockey?

The first time a kid picks up a hockey stick, he’ll probably put his strong hand on the bottom. It’s a more natural motion to shoot the puck because the strong hand is generating the power. “It’s a lot easier in the beginning,” says former Michigan State assistant Terry Christiansen.