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Bring Back The Old Twine

from Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge,

Here to suggest the NHL reconsider the goal nets they currently utilize in the great frozen game.

Simmer down goalies, I’m not pushing for larger dimensions. What I want is a return to the less taut, more cascading netting of yesteryear. A return to that once upon a time when goals were accentuated by the billowing of diamond shaped nylon as the vulcanized rubber disk sailed agonizingly past the guardian of the twine, and dramatically popped the netting from its lifeless, drape-like state. (I tried to catch the flavor of the memory)

Nowadays, like most things in society, we want it over with as soon as possible so we can move on to the next “moment”, so they’ve created a scenario where the puck trampolines out of the net like a tennis ball off a racket.

read on

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Enough Mark

from Gary Loewen of the Toronton Sun,

Mark Messier recommends that the NHL make face guards mandatory.

Never mind that he is shilling for a manufacturer of a hockey helmet that is touted to provide better protection against concussions — and Messier-like elbows.

Why stop with face guards?

Why not have players fitted with full NASCAR helmets?

continued plus the Western Conference performs well in the shootout…

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It Is Not Just A Stick Problem

from Jim Hughson at Blogs and Columns at CBC,

We’ve all heard about and seen any number of scoring chances lost or surrendered because a hockey stick explodes at a critical time in a game. And while most are quick to jump on the manufacturers, their engineers or outsourcing production, how about shifting some of the responsibility to the players?

A knowledgeable industry insider suggests that most sticks are being made to the specifications of the players, who want them lighter and more responsive - qualities that make the sticks more vulnerable.

more plus some Rangers, Thrashers and Bruins talk…

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First Sticks, Now Pucks

from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

Coyotes left wing Shane Doan got an unexpected result when he attempted to score against the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. His shot broke the puck in two pieces when it hit the glass, something that neither coach Wayne Gretzky nor Doan’s teammates remember ever seeing.

So how did he do it?

He flexed his biceps, then laughed.

The puck broke when it hit the partition in the glass.

And theory the the puck was traveling at 200 mph?

“Oh, it might have been,” he joked.

more

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Cleaner Ice

from Mark Zwolinksi of the Toronto Star,

When the Leafs open their home season tonight against Montreal, the first official critique of the new ice will arrive for the ice crews and management, who have been building ice for over a month now with the help of a reverse osmosis water filtering system from Newmarket-based ice experts Jet Ice.

“Fans are going to notice the ice is clearer and stronger, there will be less snow build-up and less ruts ... players will feel the ice is faster and harder, and the puck will travel smoother with less bumps,” said Bryan Leslie, director of building operations for the Air Canada Centre.

The reverse osmosis process essentially removes contaminants and sediment introduced to the ice under the old ice making methods.

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Therma Blade Waiting For An Answer

from Bertrand Marotte of the Globe and Mail,

The tryouts are over and Therma Blade Inc. is dying to know if it made it into the big leagues.

The fledgling Montreal-based company has been working for the past year-and-a-half to win converts in the National Hockey League and get its heated blades onto the skates of pro players….

“It’s frustrating for us in terms of the time it’s taking to get this done,” he said.

“I doubt very much that there is any other hockey equipment that has to live through the process we are living through.”

read on

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Any Difference?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Watched any exhibition games? Seen any difference in the goalie equipment that would lead you to believe scoring will be up this season? No? And no? Well, you’re not alone and it isn’t your eyes deceiving you either.

more and a huge amount of NHL bits too plus some Avery talk…

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He Hit The Post & The Puck Went In

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Toronto inventor Bill Forster received his patent last month, and every goalie in organized hockey wants to stand him naked and blindfolded in the net and let Bruins human cannon Zdeno Chara use him for target practice.

Forster’s patent is for the bevelled goal, that is, a net with a crossbar that bends upward from the posts, and posts that warp outward from crossbar to ice.

The result: a slightly larger target for shooters, and pucks more likely to deflect into the net than away.

continued

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More Changes Needed To Goalie Equipment

from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,

Protection is the most oft-stated reason for the overall lack of change. That’s valid, but only to a point. There is new equipment on the market that is so good that serious goalie injuries, once the bane of the game, are virtually non-existent. Slimming down the equipment without threatening the health and well- being of the players is known to be a doable deed.

What seems to be the obstruction here is that no one has or is willing to exert the necessary authority to make change happen. The goalies have power on the ice, with the players’ association, and with a strong, powerful voice in the media.

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Brian Heaton Passes Away

from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

Brian Heaton, the Kingsville resident who helped revolutionize goalie equipment design in the past 25 years, died Tuesday after suffering a heart attack while competing in a horse-riding competition in London.

The 58-year-old Heaton built up a world-wide reputation in hockey by offering a customized service and design to NHL goaltenders.

Among the innovations Heaton has been credited with included introducing coloured equipment, using new man-made materials and coming up with several flap and safety designs that allowed goalies to enjoy superior protection in lighter equipment.

continued

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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