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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.
from the Winnipeg Sun,
Hockey player, coach and enthusiast Bob Unger can now add successful inventor to his list of credentials.
The Winnipegger has been generating attention and gaining big-name support for his Goalie Band, an original tool that prevents goalies from sinking back into their nets.
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from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
The subtle changes the NHL has made to goalie equipment this season won’t be obvious to most fans, but they will have an impact on several netminders, including Roberto Luongo.
The new specifications, which have already been sent to NHL goalies and equipment manufacturers, won’t result in significant shrinkage. In fact, the NHL, on recommendation from the league’s goalie equipment working group, hasn’t cut back any size limits this year. But some tweaks in the wording of the rules will mean equipment will be more contoured around the calves, knees and shoulders.
One of the key targets for change has been the padding around goalie’s knees, which can be used to close off the five-hole, an issue Marty Turco awkwardly put on the front burner during last season’s widely misunderstood “pad flap” with Luongo.
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TORONTO, July 28 /PRNewswire/ - More than 100 National Hockey League players say they are ready to hit the ice this summer to participate in a trial of Thermablade heated skate blades, Therma Blade Inc. announced today….
NHL players reporting excellent performance results to date with Thermablades include centre Marty Reasoner of the Atlanta Thrashers and Nashville Predators winger Martin Erat.
“I wore Thermablade for the full 2007-08 NHL season and they gave me a real advantage,” said Reasoner, who played last season with the Edmonton Oilers before joining the Thrashers this month. “I’m going to keep wearing them.”
“I’ve got more speed when I come out of the corners,” said Erat.
Therma Blade Inc. also announced the creation of a new advisory board that will provide guidance on work being done with the NHL, the NHL Players’ Association and other stewards of the game.
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from the Calgary Herald,
“It’s a destination store for hockey players and fans,” said Scott Jackson, executive vice-president and chief operating officer at Pro Hockey Life. “We’re going after everything and anything hockey.”
The store, for example, has “over 7,000 hockey sticks, 2,500 pairs of skates and every team jersey (home and away) available.”
The chain hopes to stand out in three areas. First, he said, by having a store dedicated to a single sport, they can have a wider selection of goods.
Secondly, he said the people who work in the store are hockey-obsessed: “The people who work with us really live and breathe the sport.”
The third factor is something Jackson calls “shoppertainment.”
“Our stores are essentially a shrine to the sport of hockey, a vibrant environment with some pretty unique features,” he said. “We offer a fun environment. It’s like a big toy store.”
From Kelly Sinoski at Canwest via Global,
The helmet, unveiled Tuesday by University of B.C. researchers, promises to lessen the direct impact to the neck by 56 per cent in a head-on crash.
Designed for hard-hitting sports such as hockey, football, snowboarding, motorcycling and mountain biking, the helmet has an inner shell that will guide the head to tilt slightly forward or backward on impact. [...]
“It’s to reduce the load in the neck so we can prevent fractures and prevent spinal cord injuries,” said Peter Cripton, a professor in mechanical engineering at UBC and co-inventor of the so-called Pro-Neck-Tor helmet.
There will be subtle modifications done for next season, like eliminating some of the ‘extra padding’ that helps goaltenders stop pucks as opposed to protecting them.
A universal measurement system will be developed so goalies will wear equipment that will properly fit them as opposed to wearing bulky gear. The measurement system is at least a year away from happening, but it’s designed for the process of ‘shaping’ goaltenders as opposed to making them look more square like we’ve seen in recent years.
From Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,
...Wednesday’s meeting will focus on examining the “configuration and dimensions of goaltender equipment with respect to safety and performance.” Any changes to the rules governing said equipment that are deemed warranted by the group will then go to the Competition Committee for consideration.
The guys charged with redefining the fine line between excess padding and protection is an interesting one. GM’s Doug Risebrough, Brett Hull, Jim Rutherford and Garth Snow—the latter two being former goaltenders—make up the NHL contingency while the NHLPA’s representation consists of shooters Dany Heatley and Mike Cammalleri and stoppers Martin Brodeur, Rick DiPietro and Ryan Miller.
That is a diverse and knowledgeable collection, but what can we seriously expect from their efforts?
from the NHLPA,
The Goalie Equipment Working Group will meet on June 11, 2008 in Toronto to examine the configuration and dimensions of goaltender equipment with respect to safety and performance. If the working group decides alterations to the rules governing goaltender equipment are warranted, and will not jeopardize the safety of the goalies, these recommendations will be forwarded to the Competition Committee for consideration.
As KK readers know, this was pointed out by Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe early in April, and Michael Russo wrote about it in February.
A hockey entertainer is reporting this as breaking news, but that’s the entertainment business…
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