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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.
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!
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