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The Fred Marsh Invention

from DarrenM of Silver Seven,

In 1987, Marsh brought his flexible goal pegs, made out of a mixture of rubber and plastic, to the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL. Ed Chynowth, then president of the Western Hockey League, became a big supporter of Marsh Pegs, and helped draw the NHL’s attention to the invention.

Finally, in July of 1991, the NHL made the Marsh Peg system the standard in every arena. Marsh joked that at 56, he was the oldest rookie in the NHL that year.

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A Look At Hockey Sticks

from Todd Smith at MinnesotaWild.com,

“Hockey sticks are the tools of their trade,” said Minnesota Wild Assistant Equipment Manager Matt Benz, standing in an auxiliary room that houses the Wild’s hockey stick workshop deep inside the bowels of the Xcel Energy Center.  The room was filled with a wide assortment of tools: saws, blow torches, heat guns, files, spray cans, vices, sanders, and endless rolls of tape.  “Each player’s stick is unique.  The knobs, blades, and tape job are all specific to the player.”

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‘Sticky’ Budget

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The odds that the hockey world would ever go back to wood sticks are probably on a par with goalies everywhere going back to pads stuffed with horsehair.

But it sure gets frustrating, night after night, to see NHL ice surfaces littered with shattered pricy carbon shafts, which seem to have a way of vaporizing just as a point man puts the hammer down on a 40-foot slapper. Imagine the pain felt by parents who shell out $100, $200, or more for a stick, only to take home two halves to stake tomato plants in summer gardens.

“It’s a big point of contention among GMs throughout the league, I’ll tell you that,” said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. “The stick budget for every team keeps going up.”

According to Chiarelli, the Bruins spend some $400,000 per annum on the lightweight sticks.

more plus other hockey notes including who the Bruins may be targeting at the trade deadline…

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Goalie Mask Talk

from Mike Morreale of NHL.com,

“Back in the 1980’s, I was in awe of these masks,” Toronto artist Dave Arrigo told NHL.com. “I remember Grant Fuhr’s mask and Bunny Larocque’s. To me, that was still great art back then. It was the style of the time and, even today, they remain classics.”...

As decades passed, however, it seems goalies became a little more self conscious about what they were putting over their face. Sure, protection and comfort were first and foremost, but great artwork also offered a strong personal statement and inner connection.

“The goalie mask is a billboard to that player’s soul,” Arrigo said “It can be anything from a favorite video game to music legend.”

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The Making Of A Hockey Puck

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No To Helmets In The NHL

from Steve Rosenbloom of Rosen Blog at the Chicago Tribune,

I wish the NHL could do away with helmets, and guys such as Burish are the reason.

Here comes a rant, but I think the helmets kill the additional color and public appeal the game is missing. Get rid of them. Ban them. Suspend guys who want to wear them.

This has nothing to do with manly man stuff. This has everything to do with the game’s appeal, which comes down to the players’ appeal….

’m telling you, helmets have been killing the NHL for years. Yeah, I know, the league mandated helmets in the name of safety, but only after parents and youth coaches messed up, and here’s how:

Parents started putting all kinds of armor on their kids, head to toe, especially head—helmet, cage, mouthpiece, everything except Capt. America’s shield. Kids thought they were bulletproof, invulnerable, untouchable, and they were.

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Winter Classic Jerseys

I am getting emails and hits from search engines looking for the Winter Classic jerseys so I thought this would help you out.

If you are looking for a jersey with a name on the back, IceJerseys.com does a great job.  I have personally seen their work with these jerseys and you will be getting the authentic lettering, meaning stitched on or as they refer to it, Pro Customization.

Shop.NHL.com also is selling the Winter Classic jerseys.

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The Kane Line

CHICAGO, Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/—Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane will unveil and use personally-designed skates and sticks during the upcoming Bridgestone NHL 2009 Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in Chicago on New Year’s Day.

Kane, working with designers and developers at Bauer Hockey, designed the skates and stick this past summer for exclusive use during the outdoor game. Only 88 skates and 88 sticks were created for this special event and Kane will personally sign and auction off a portion of the limited edition product to raise money for breast Cancer research in Chicago and his home town of Buffalo.

“It’s something I’ve been interested in from the beginning - designing your own skates and stick is a pretty unique experience,” Kane said. “It’s really exciting to look at a skate and design it to exactly how you want it to be made. To be able to give back to the community makes the whole experience even more special.”

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Recall On Reebok-CCM Helmets

A KK reader brought this to my attention:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Hockey Helmets

Units: About 1,000

Distributor: Reebok-CCM Hockey U.S. Inc., of Montpelier, Vt.

Hazard: The helmet’s chinstrap can unexpectedly disengage while in use. If this happens, the helmet can fall off, posing a head and neck injury risk to consumers.

more with model numbers…

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Goalie Equipment & Injuries

from CBC Sports,

A curious David Marcoux strapped on Miikka Kiprusoff’s pads prior to the National Hockey League’s latest round of changes to goalie equipment.

He then found the nearest phone to inform NHL goaltending supervisor Kay Whitmore of the potential injury risks, should the league and NHL Players’ Association tweak the knee protectors at its meeting in Toronto last June.

It was Marcoux’s belief that changing the width of the knee-strap pads and inner-knee risers from 5.5 inches each would increase the chance of injury. In the end, both parties agreed to keep the status quo entering this season.

“When goalies go down on their knees, the angle of the pads is much better than it used to be because of those cushioned protectors, so it puts less stress on the ankles, knees and hips,” said Marcoux, one of several people who spoke to CBCSports.ca about the growing list of injuries to netminders this season.

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