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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.
In order to win the Easton Synergy HTX Stick, you must be a Canadian resident and also be a member of Kukla's Korner (join here, it takes 10 seconds).
For a chance to win, you must leave a comment by Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 6:00pm ET.
The topic is up to you but needs to be hockey related and I will choose one random winner from all the comments left.
The winner will be announced the week of September 1st and the stick will be shipped directly to you.
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.
Since the middle ages ice hockey has been played with round pucks. For obvious reasons, round pucks are predictable. So this is why we are proud to present the first non-round hockey puck, the Aalto puck.
Inspired by the free forms of the Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto.
The Aalto Puck is made in the same material as a regular hockey puck and behaves in the same way on ice with one fundamental difference - it has a built in randomness, it doesn't bounce as a regular puck, it can, depending on how it's hit, speed off in different ways. And more importantly, by adding an element of chance it's the most equal puck produced. Advantages are randomly given to either of the two competing teams.
more and they are looking for people to help in their research and will send you a free puck (limited quantities)...
from the Financial Review,
It’s small, it measures more than 100 fields of data and it’s discretely worn under the jerseys of AFL footballers, the shoulder pads of NHL ice-hockey players and even the waistcoats of Spanish bullfighters.
GPS tracking devices for professional sportsmen and women are becoming increasingly important to sports scientists and coaches to measure player movement and fatigue during matches and training – everything from how quickly an athlete accelerates to how their heart changes – to improve game strategy and training programs.
And the world’s biggest provider, Catapult Sports, is operating out of small factory in South Melbourne.
“We’re on the way to being a billion-dollar company one day,” says Catapult chairman Adir Shiffman. From modest beginnings, with a few AFL players as clients, the company has sold its devices to the Dallas Cowboys in the US’s National Football League, Italian soccer giant AC Milan and recently picked up its first ice-hockey team, the Philadelphia Flyers.
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