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Corey Hirsch explains how to make goalie equipment smaller without sacrificing protection, and how that can lead to more goals.
Great use of before and after graphics and what Hirsch says makes sense.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
There's still lots of work to be done but Cory Schneider, Ben Bishop, Braden Holtby and Devan Dubnyk on Thursday met with Kay Whitmore of the NHL to look at the prototype pants and chest equipment produced by a few manufacturers.
The idea is to have the equipment wrap around their body in a sleeker manner while still keeping them safe, while also being less bulky and therefore give shooters a little more net to shoot at.
"That's the idea, to round everything off, you don't need the big blocks on the shoulders and the thighs," Holtby said Friday.
"It's pretty early, it was basically the equipment company's first attempt at it," Holtby added when asked about his first impression after sampling the product. "I think they understand what we're trying to get done. It's pretty clear. There's a lot of tough areas though that you want to make sure is protected. It's in the right direction but I think it's a long ways away from where it needs to be. But it'll get there."
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Initially, Kapsalis contacted Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute via former athletic director Jim Knowlton, a longtime friend. A team of approximately 20 engineering students tried to devise safer boards. They did not arrive at a solution.
Next, Kapsalis cold-called Dean Sicking, an engineering professor at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Sicking is well known in automobile safety. He is the former director of the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, a research organization at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Sicking developed the SAFER barriers used in motorsports to absorb and distribute energy in high-speed crashes. He has influenced highway guardrail technology.
“I picked up the phone, which I don’t normally do,” Sicking recalled. “He had this idea for hockey boards, which he pitched to me over the phone. It was interesting. I told him, ‘In the last 6-7 years, I’ve had over 100 calls like this. I’ve taken 2-3 of them. Don’t get your hopes up.’ He came down two weeks later to Nebraska to meet and pitch the idea to me.”
Kapsalis’s proposal interested Sicking. The issue with current systems is how they move. CheckFlex, the one mostly used in NHL rinks, moves at the top along with the glass. But the boards do not give at approximately 12 to 18 inches off the ground, the height at which headfirst impact typically occurs.
“What we wanted with a wall that can move and displace was a wall that can reduce the force level and extend the duration of the event,” said Cody Stolle, research assistant professor at the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, who worked with Sicking on the SAFIR Hockey design. “By doing both, you’re reducing the load on the body and decreasing the likelihood of acceleration that can cause spinal injury or concussion.”
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from Darren Dreger of The Dreger Report,
Sources tell The Dreger Report the NHL's executive committee is planning a “special” meeting in New York City between now and the end of January. Expansion will be the primary agenda item as the league and its designated leadership continues to work through the information compiled from Las Vegas and Quebec City, the two official expansion applicants.
Details of the meeting are limited. It's highly unlikely the executive committee will emerge with a formal decision, but the fact the NHL has called this meeting suggests it is inching toward a conclusion. The meeting is designed to be somewhat secretive, so the NHL won't provide a post-meeting progress report or announce its direction until the process is finalized, which could still be months away.
Kay Whitmore, the NHL's goalie supervisor, continues to work with equipment manufacturers on developing slimmed-down prototypes of goaltenders’ pants, chest protectors, and shoulder/arm pads.
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from Hometown Hockey,
Zamboni Machines are a staple in any arena. No matter where you go, you can count on a Zamboni machine to be there. BUT, there are many things about these machines that you probably never knew. Here’s a list of the 10 facts we learned from our trip to the Zamboni factory this week in Brantford, Ontario.
1. Zamboni machines were invented in California.
Believe it or not, Zamboni machines were invented in California. Frank Zamboni and his brother opened an ice rink in 1940 and after realizing how tedious the process of resurfacing the ice rink was at the time, he began to build a machine that could simplify the process. In the summer of 1949, the Zamboni Model A was officially unveiled.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Soon there will only be a handful of players skating around NHL rinks with unprotected eyes. Eventually, the visor-less NHLer will be as rare as a 9-7 game.
The league’s decision to grandfather mandatory use for all rookies starting two years ago has had a profound effect on how the issue of eye protection is viewed inside dressing rooms. It’s removed a stigma and prompted several veteran players to don a visor, even a few of those known to agitate or fight.
Just 77 of the 715 skaters who have played a game this season have done so without a visor, according to numbers compiled by Sportsnet with the help of each NHL team.
That means 89.23 per cent are now wearing a shield – a dramatic increase which can't be entirely accounted for by player turnover since the new rule was adopted.
from Corey Hirsch of Sportsnet,
Now, let’s take a look at each piece of equipment, where we’re at with them and where we should aspire to be:
Their current height is ridiculous. As a standup goalie myself, the way we used to cheat was to make the pads as wide as possible to reduce the five-hole and provide maximum width coverage.
Some pads got as wide as 15 inches. I won’t mention any names, but I once measured a former goaltending partner’s pads and they were definitely 15 inches across the bottom. With the evolution of the butterfly save to cover the five hole, goalies have essentially done the same thing by making taller pads. When the butterfly closes, the tops of the pads are long enough that the five-hole shuts down completely when goalies drop to their knees.
The NHL went after the width of the pad, and reduced it, but what they should have done is gone after the height. Two-to-three inches maximum above the knee is all you need and this will open up the five hole. Knees would be exposed to pucks, yes, but the knee pads today are more protective than ever, and it’s definitely not an issue.
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.
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