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A Protective Face Shield

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Bauer Now Producing Medical Shields

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN.

The hockey manufacturing company Bauer had been winding down business in both of its North American manufacturing facilities due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the company figured, if it couldn't provide helmets and skates for elite athletes, perhaps it could use its resources to help doctors, nurses and other first-responders in the medical field.

Bauer is now producing medical shields that could be delivered to hospitals as soon as next week. By Wednesday morning, Bauer had orders come in to its Quebec facility for more than 100,000 units across Canada, according to Bauer CEO Ed Kinnaly.

The company is also looking to provide for the United States.

"In the U.S., honestly, the word is not out yet." Kinnaly said.

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We Soon Could See A Hockey Stick Shortage

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

The infectious disease that has stifled life in China has ripple effects for National Hockey League players.

The highly customized sticks used by some 75 percent of the NHL are made in small batches at Chinese factories. With work and travel halted in that country since late January as the country combats an outbreak of coronavirus, the NHL has been unable to get fresh stock in the middle of its competitive season.

During Thursday’s Sabres-Red Wings broadcast, NBC Sports analyst Pierre Maguire said equipment managers told him there was a “major shortage” of sticks.

Hockey manufacturers disputed that, but conceded they are worried.

Bauer, headquartered in Exeter, N.H., makes its pro sticks in China, as does its main competitor, Montreal-based CCM.

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Michael Frolik Tries A Wooden Stick After Practice

from Eric Duhatschek of The Athletic,

For a while now, I’ve wanted to conduct an experiment — to see how a player who’d grown accustomed to the new stick technologies might react to using an old-fashioned wood stick. I’d had a couple gathering dust in my garage, sticks that Nike made for Mario Lemieux to use at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Lemieux was a right-handed shot, but Nike manufactured the sticks in both left- and right-handed versions, and I’d saved one of each....

Good-naturedly, Frolik agreed — quite interested to see how Mario Lemieux’s old stick pattern felt in his hands.

“The new technology is all about making it lighter – and this is a heavy wood stick, heavier for sure,” reported Frolik. “But it felt good. I mean, it’s no mystery why the wood stick was a long time in the league – and in the hockey world. They were good. Probably one of the greatest players ever played with that – so it must have been good.”...

“Obviously, the curve is way different than from what I use,” he said. “It’s straighter – and the blade is shorter and the shaft is really stiff – but good for sauces and passes. Even receiving the puck from the boards, it was solid. It stays on your stick. When you’re trying to get a feel for the puck, the wood stick has a pretty good feel. You can really feel the puck. But obviously, the shot is less hard for sure.”

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The Cost Of A Hockey Stick

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Brendan Gallagher uses a new stick every game, meaning it costs the Canadiens well over $16,000 a year to buy sticks for him.

It’s not uncommon for NHL players to use a new stick every game and their teams pay for them — an average of about $200 per stick, which is about $100 less than they cost in a sports store. The regular season is 82 games — not including practices — so the stick bill for NHL teams can get very expensive. Even if a player has a sponsorship deal to use a certain brand of stick, the team still has to purchase them.

Gallagher, who led the Canadiens with 31 goals heading into Thursday night’s game against the New York Islanders at the Bell Centre, uses a Warrior stick.

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Video- Protecting The Foot Against Injuries

via GlobalNews,

A protective shield guarding hockey players against foot injuries is gaining traction in the big leagues.

 

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‘Smart’ Puck

PITTSBURGH (Dec. 10, 2018) – PPG (NYSE: PPG) and the National Hockey League (NHL®) today announced that official game pucks featuring thermochromic coatings supplied by PPG will be in play in the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, the much-anticipated matchup between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks at Notre Dame Stadium on New Year’s Day.

The advanced coatings change from purple to clear when a puck’s temperature is above freezing, providing a visual indication to officials that the puck should be replaced. The coated pucks will be tested at NHL tentpole events during the 2018-19 season and will be further evaluated for broader use in the future.

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Re-Branding Adidas And The NHL

from Tim Newcomb at Forbes,

When Adidas signed a seven-year deal to become the on-ice uniform provider for the NHL, the German company didn’t have anyone working in a hockey-related business unit. Sure, the company owned Reebok, then the rights holder, but for Adidas, signing an agreement at the end of 2015 that would start in 2017 meant the company needed to create — and create quickly.

Now, over a year removed from the start of the Adidas-NHL partnership, not only has Adidas built an internal business unit that hadn’t existed, but it has fashioned a new model for brand engagement, both for the sneaker and apparel company and for the NHL.

And Adidas is quick to point out: Expect plenty more in the next six years.

Dan Near, senior director of Adidas Hockey, says when the brand signed with the NHL, it was clear they needed a shift in brand-league relationship thinking. Long gone was a structure of creating some cool jerseys and selling licensed product.

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Video- A Look At HockeyShot Training Sevices

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The Hockey Stick

from Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic,

CCM, Bauer and Warrior supply the majority of NHL sticks. Aside from proprietary differences, the three companies, in general, follow similar design and production processes. Based on informal feedback from several equipment managers, there are no significant variances in quality of performance between the brands. Ten of the Bruins use Warrior sticks: Miller, Marchand, Noel Acciari, David Backes, Zdeno Chara, Ryan Donato, Torey Krug, Sean Kuraly, John Moore, and Tuukka Rask.

Some players have individual sponsorship deals in which they are paid to use certain sticks. Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews, for example, signed agreements with CCM and Bauer, respectively, even before they played their first NHL game.

But teams pay for most of their players’ sticks. Budgets can vary from $300,000 to half a million annually. Pittsburgh, guessed one equipment manager, is probably spending the most on sticks of any team in the league. It is up to the player to decide which company is best for his needs.

A stick is a player’s most personal piece of equipment. It is a musician’s instrument, a painter’s brush, a chef’s knife, a writer’s pen. The right stick tucks goals in nets and assists on blades. Wins follow. So do raises.

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