An Investigation of Home Disadvantage in Professional Ice Hockey

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Perceptual and Motor Skills


Occurrence of the home field disadvantage in professional ice hockey was examined by analyzing data on penalty shots from 1983–2004. This datum was used as it does not involve physical contact for only the player taking the penalty shot is involved in the outcome. As a result, inhibition of anxiety associated with physical contact should not occur, and diffusion of responsibility would not occur since only the shooter is involved. Analysis indicated the player who took the penalty shot did not make significantly fewer shots at home than in away games. The result did not support hypotheses about roles of physical contact and diffusion of responsibility in accounting for past failures to find the home disadvantage in professional ice hockey.


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