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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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The Changing Goalie Gear

from the CP at TSN,

The aim, like the other streamlined goalie gear, is to boost scoring while at the same time rewarding athletic ability in the crease by eliminating unnecessary padding that wasn't protecting goalies, but instead simply helping them block pucks.

In short, a 190-pound goalie and a 240-pound goalie will no longer cut the same figure on the ice.

"Three or four years ago, talking to some of the best goalies in hockey ... they wanted us to try to find a way to make goalies look closer to the size they were," NHL vice-president of hockey operations Kay Whitmore said. "The biggest complaint was, 'If I weigh 50 pounds more than another guy, why do we look the same?'"

The focus of the league, in conjunction with the NHL Players' Association, on chest protectors has been reducing the size of the shoulders by roughly an inch to make them less boxy and more form-fitting. The same goes for the padding on a goalie's arms.

"When you buy a suit, everyone wears different sizes," Whitmore said. "That was our challenge — adding different sizes to encompass all goalies."


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The Changing Goalie Equipment

from Nicholas J. Costonika of NHL.com,

The process began three years ago when the late Ed Snider, owner of the Philadelphia Flyers, spoke at a Competition Committee meeting in New York. The NHL and the NHL Players' Association had been discussing ways to improve the game, and Snider focused on a big issue: goalie gear.

"He made an impassioned plea to the group to say, 'Guys, we can still do more in this area. We think they're still too big,'" said Kay Whitmore, NHL vice president of hockey operations. "I think we owed it to him to follow through and get it done once and get it done right."

First, leg pads and pants were streamlined. Now, as NHL teams open training camps this week, chest and arm pads have been as well to comply with a detailed new rule developed by the NHL and the NHLPA.

The goal isn't more goals, exactly. It's for goaltenders to make saves because of ability, not equipment. They should wear equipment that fits properly -- enough to protect them, but not extra to stop the puck. A 200-pound goaltender should not look like a 250-pound goaltender.

"The assumption is that it's primarily to increase goal-scoring, and it is," said Mathieu Schneider, special assistant to NHLPA executive director Don Fehr. "We'd be lying if we didn't say that was a big part of it. But I think the fairness is certainly a close No. 2 on that list. We're trying to come up with rules and guidelines that don't give players a distinct advantage because of their equipment."


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Goalie Gear

from Ben Arledge of ESPN,

Equipment evolves with every season, and even though many goaltenders tend to shy away from major change, regulations around the equipment continue. This leaves many with no choice but to adhere and make alterations to their gear and, as a result, how they wear it. Time will tell just how much the newest chest protector regulations truly impact each goalie's setup and personal preference in how they wear it.

Based on what our panel of goalies indicated however, it would be shocking if anyone made any major changes.


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