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from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
The NHL announced a seven-year deal with Adidas to take over from Reebok and begin designing its uniforms. The partnership will take effect at the beginning of the 2017-18 season, and financial terms were not revealed.
The greatest assumption among fans is that the NHL will use the new contract as an excuse to splash advertising on your club’s sweater.
Here are eight things we learned from Tuesday’s announcement, made by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, Adidas Group North America president Mark King, and NHLPA executive director Don Fehr.
The league hasn't even considered putting ads on NHL sweaters... yet
"We are not currently considering putting advertising on NHL jerseys," Bettman said, answering the biggest issue here. "The history, tradition and respect that goes with NHL sweaters is something we and Adidas are respectful of."
The commissioner said the assumption that the Adidas deal would open the door for ads on sweaters is false. It's not an inevitability that we'll see ads on jerseys, he said, and no discussions formal or informal have been had on that topic.
NEW YORK / TORONTO (Sept. 15, 2015) – The National Hockey League (NHL®) and adidas today announced a seven-year partnership in which adidas will become the authentic outfitter of on-ice uniforms as well as an official supplier of licensed apparel and headwear for the League starting with the 2017-18 season. adidas Group-owned CCM will remain an official on-ice equipment supplier, delivering world-class product for NHL players, including sticks, skates, helmets, gloves and goaltending gear.
The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), NHL and adidas today also announced a partnership for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in which adidas becomes the exclusive outfitter of both authentic and replica jerseys for the eight-team tournament next September. The 2016 World Cup of Hockey will be played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016 and be comprised of eight teams – Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Sweden, Team USA, Team Europe and Team North America. More than 150 NHL players will compete in a best-on-best international hockey championship.
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
The National Hockey League appears poised for radical changes to its team jerseys in the wake of a deal that may pave the way for advertising on team uniforms.
Adidas has won a long-term deal to make uniforms for the 30 NHL teams, beginning in the 2016-17 season.
Adidas takes over from its corporate cousin Reebok, a sports brand owned by Adidas.
For Adidas, the NHL deal is a big, if curious, win. The company beat out rivals Under Armour and Bauer Hockey for the NHL jersey contract, three people familiar with the matter told TSN. The NHL’s deal with Reebok pays the league about $35 million per season, a source said. The new deal with Adidas will see the rights fee double, the source said.
from Steve Fainaru of ESPN,
More than a quarter of all helmets worn by hockey players, from the NHL to youth leagues, are unsafe, according to an independent study provided to "Outside the Lines" that ranked hockey helmets based on their ability to reduce concussion risk.
Out of 32 helmets in the marketplace that were tested by researchers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, nine failed to earn a single star on a five-star scale and were classified as "not recommended." Just one helmet, made by Warrior Sports, received three stars. The rest received one or two stars.
"In general, they're low performers," said Stefan Duma, the head of Virginia Tech's department of biomedical engineering and mechanics, which spent three years and $500,000 developing the ratings. The study did not receive funding from the helmet industry.
Hockey players wearing the "not recommended" helmets risk incurring at least six concussions per season, and in some cases more than eight, according to Virginia Tech.
"We don't think anybody should be playing in these helmets," Duma said of the non-recommended models.
Ah, they way back machine...
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.
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