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from Kevin Woodley at NHL.com,
From revised training methods to new techniques and tactics, NHL goaltenders are constantly looking for anything that will give them an edge on shooters.
The latest evolution in goalie skates is giving some that edge -- literally.
New models from Bauer and from VH Footwear, a small skate company based in Winnipeg, have taken the hard plastic cowling off goaltender skates, removing the extra layer that used to wrap around the front edge of the boot and provide an extra air gap around the toe. The result is a thinner profile across the width of the foot and less material on the inside edge below the big toe, which allows a goaltender to dig in his blade at more extreme angles before that inside of the skate boot makes contact with the ice, which can cause him to lose that edge and slip out.
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from Matt Carlson of The Hockey News,
Tomorrow’s NHLers won’t resemble Robocops, but they will take off quicker and fly on the ice with lighter, streamlined skates, sticks and protective gear. The future New York Rangers will probably look more the like the Power Rangers, with a dash of Speed Racer.
Equipment will help players maneuver more naturally and perform better. And despite the reduction in bulk, gear will be more protective to compensate for faster shots and harder impacts. New materials and technologies handed down from the aerospace industry are already propelling the evolution. They’ll be more prominent as the composites and foams that make a Boeing 787 Dreamliner lighter and fuel-efficient land in the sporting goods industry.
Those new materials will be deceptively rugged. Besides absorbing and channelling collisions and stress, they’ll be tuned to help players better transmit energy to skate and shoot faster.
“Advances in raw materials at the high-end to make airplanes will move down the chain,” said Keith Perera, Warrior Hockey’s brand manager. “Aerospace pays top-dollar for them. Even right now, we’re getting access to the best materials we’ve ever seen from a durability and performance standpoint.”
via Hometown Hockey,
The Kitchener-Waterloo area is a hub of innovation. From Research in Motion, to Google, some of the smartest people in the world congregate here. At the University of Waterloo, science and sport go hand in hand, and Dr. Kristine Dalton is helping athletes perform better and recover smarter at theSchool of Optometry & Vision Science.
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.
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