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from Tom Spears of the Ottawa Citizen,
What makes a top-end hockey stick cost $300? We asked Dave Sauvé of Valiquette Source for Sports for some pointers.
• All modern sticks are a mix of carbon fibre and graphite, which is why they’re called “composite.” But the sticks that sell for less than $100 have more graphite and the expensive ones are proportionately more carbon.
• Carbon is lighter and “whippier” and the stick may weigh only 390 grams. “It responds better to shots, so when you’re flexing it, it snaps forward quicker. They do tend to break a little bit quicker at the higher end though”, Sauvé says.
“It gives you more of a snapshot bonus. It’s letting the stick do more of the work.”
Graphite is heavier and stiffer, so a stick weighs up to 500 grams. These sticks are cheaper but stronger.
Jacques Plante was an NHL pioneer, changing the game forever with the evolution of the goalie mask.
Each team has a freezer in their dressing room where they keep at least 80 game pucks at a temperature of 14F (-10C) the day before each home game. This will ensure the pucks delivered to the supervisor of the off-ice officials are frozen and ready for game use. Before the start of the game, fifteen pucks are taken from the home team’s freezer in a hard plastic cooler directly to the penalty box freezer. At the start of the second and third period, an additional fifteen pucks are taken again from the team dressing room’s freezer to the penalty box freezer, each time carried in a hard plastic cooler in order to keep them as cold as possible.
Also, in an effort to provide the players with the best possible puck each and every shift, the puck is changed for a new frozen puck every time a puck has been used for more than two minutes of actual playing time. This is done in order to bring consistency to every shift for the players on how the puck will react....
Frozen pucks helps the linesmen making great and fair face-offs as the puck, when dropped flat on the ice, will generally not bounce. The only downside of this procedure for all on-ice officials is that, when hit by an errant puck, well let’s just say that it create a bigger bruise as a frozen puck is much harder than a warm one!!!
Last week I introduced you the AirBlade Hockey Stick from Carbon Sports.
Today they have started a campaign to raise funds for production of the AirBlade Hockey Stick.
Make sure to check out their Kickstarter page and I wish these hockey guys much success.
Toronto Maple Leafs equipment manager, Brian Papineau, looks at how the hardware of the game has changed throughout the years.
Does a better, stronger, and more aerodynamic hockey stick sound good? Well you may have just found one.
The patented AirBlade has eliminated the foam core found in all carbon fiber hockey sticks on the market, and has a crisscross design that enables air to pass through the blade. It gives players faster shot speeds, more accurate shots, and less wind resistance. It also gives them back the feel of the puck, which was lost when wood sticks were replaced by the carbon fiber sticks on the market today. Importantly, because the blade of the AirBlade is made of solid carbon fiber composite, it is resistant to wearing down and delaminating, which is a huge problem with current carbon fiber sticks; players are afraid to play at full strength for fear of breaking their stick (and having to purchase another one).
note: moved to top of page, original post was 8/18/2014 at 10:20am.
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from Ellen Jean Hirst of the Chicago Tribune,
Beginning with the NFL's regular season, players will be equipped with tracking technology in their shoulder pads measuring how fast, far and what routes they run – in real time.
How far did that player actually run to gain 4 yards? How fast? When, exactly, did he start running out of steam?
This NFL regular season, players will be equipped with tracking technology in their shoulder pads that will tell broadcasters and fans, in real time, the answers to those questions and more.
I could imagine some players may not like being 'followed' on the ice, but I think it would be useful.
But coach, I did go to the net, but coach, I did back check, etc... No you didn't!
from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
Hockey helmets may be on the verge of a radical makeover, as scientists and engineers at Virginia Tech prepare a rating system that measures each brand’s and model’s ability to reduce the risk of concussion.
“After football, hockey is the sport that produces the highest rate of concussion,” said Dr. Stefan M. Duma, a Virginia Tech professor and the head of the university’s biomedical engineering department. “We want to produce a mechanism to try and reduce that risk of concussion.”...
“This is going to hit hockey like a ton of bricks,” said Dale Pfriem, president of ICS Laboratories, an Ohio-based company that tests and assesses personal protective equipment. Pfriem was part of a group of hockey helmet manufacturers and testers invited to Virginia Tech to review the center’s methodology before formal testing begins.
Hockey helmets have been relatively thin and light throughout their long history, closer in spirit to cycling helmets than football headgear. Even in recent years, as design evolved to make them more effective in preventing skull fractures, hockey helmets have remained lightweight and without much internal padding.
from Bryan Weismiller of MetroNews,
Like many youngsters who outgrow their youth-sized lumber, Jack was equipped with a mid-priced junior stick that had seven inches lobbed off the top of it.
Modifying the stick made the shaft too firm for even some NHL stars.
“His 55 flex turned into an 85 flex,” Reily said. “Alex Ovechkin is 225 pounds, built like a Neanderthal, and he had a more flexible stick than my son at seven years old.
“That was the problem.”
After developing some more bendable prototypes, Reily and a neighbour teamed up with sports researchers at the University of Calgary. It lead to what’s billed as a first-of-its-kind research project using players aged five to eight years old.
That’s also where the duo discovered a third partner for their venture.
The group eventually came up with a 20-flex junior stick, which falls in line with the general rule that hockey stick flex should be roughly half of the skater’s body weight.
Reily stressed the importance of buying proper equipment, saying the stiff sticks of today are encouraging kids to develop bad habits.
“They’re putting their sticks on the puck and twisting their body to flick it,” he said.
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