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The Art Of Skate Sharpening

from the Owen Sound Sun Times,

Pearce said he has sharpened skates for at least a dozen professional hockey players. It was his good friend and former Detroit Red Wings goalie Dennis Riggin, who helped him design the custom sharpening machine he uses today, specifically for goaltenders.

Pearce operated the first hollow grind machine in Western Ontario after his father purchased it from Winnipeg in the 1940s for 25 cents.

“It was the only machine in our area with a flat ground, cross cut,” said Pearce.

He ended up taking over the skate-sharpening business from his father and set up shop under the seats in the former Kincardine arena in 1948. He was just 16 years old.

Pearce’s secret to the perfectly cut skate, whether it be a hockey, goalie or figure skate, came from a machine he saw while playing hockey in Switzerland with the Kincardine Oldstars in 1977. He brought the idea home and built his own version of the machine.

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Hyping the Goalie Pads

From Dave Stubbs in The Gazette, it seems that Carey Price has some sharp new goalie gear…

And if you think he’s excited, wait until the minor-, garage-league and semi-pro goalies of the world get wind of it.

On goalie-populated Internet forums and bulletin boards, where all things netminding are rumoured, discussed and debated, Price’s new gear isn’t likely to cause a ripple of interest, but a tsunami.

The graphic scheme is expected to be available at retail stores sometime this summer, at roughly $1,700 for the pads and $500 and $325, respectively, for the trapper and blocker.

The interest among goalies in what’s worn by the top pros, says Achenbach, “is goofy, crazy ... Star Wars hype times 10.”

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Send White Jerseys Home

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

[Montreal Canadiens owner George Gillett Jr.] said that because of a couple of requests from the teams involved, the Canadiens arranged to take and wear their red jerseys—in this era, considered part of the NHL’s home uniform—at all four stops on the trip.

Why? Because the red jerseys more colorfully highlight the tradition of the Bleu, Blanc et Rouge.

That’s the most glaring example of why the NHL should go back to having visiting teams wear their “dark” uniforms at every stop. This is another instance when the post-expansion era had it right: White at home, dark on the road was the system from the early 1970s to 2003, and the league should go back to it.

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OHL Players Don’t Like Neck Guards

from the Barrie Examiner,

...an informal survey of players practising at the Barrie Molson Centre this week revealed neck protection is not popular among this OHL team.

“I’m not for it. I’m against it,” 19-year-old forward Cory McGillis said as he and his teammates got re-acquainted with neck guards this week. They will wear them for the first time in a game tomorrow. “I haven’t worn one for five years. It’s just annoying.”

“Graduating out of ‘AAA’, I was relieved to get rid of the neck guard,” rookie forward Marcus Pepe said. “It was always a pain in the butt, and it was gross throwing on wet. I find it really uncomfortable.

“But I guess it saves lives, right?”

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Nike Bauer Inc. In Good Hands

from the Globe and Mail,

Graeme Roustan is an admitted hockey nut who has always been on the margins of the sport, first as a kid playing on the outdoor rinks of Montreal and then as an adult running a U.S. company that builds and equips indoor ice rinks.

He also believes what sporting goods giant Nike Inc. doesn’t: That the game he loves has plenty of room to grow and produce big profits for equipment suppliers.

Now, the 47-year-old Canadian expatriate has a chance to prove it after teaming up with private equity firm Kohlberg & Co. in a $200-million (U.S.) cash deal for Nike’s hockey subsidiary.

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Shrink The Goalies

from the Vancouver Sun,

The sounds you heard out of the managers’ meetings in Florida this week were of frustration, of anger, and of determination to cut through all the horsedoodle the Goaltenders’ Benevolent Protective Association has been dispensing for years about how reducing the size of their padding is a safety issue.

The GMs have always known it’s not true. The only difference is that now, having turned the rulebook upside down in an effort to create more offence, they have been forced to confront the obvious: It’s the goalies, stupid.

“We’re tired of the conversation,” said Detroit’s Ken Holland, himself a former netminder.

“We’ve got to shrink the goalies. If we can’t get this right, then we have to sit down and look at the alternatives. And obviously bigger nets is one of the alternatives.”

No one wants bigger nets. No one wants the game’s history bastardized by tinkering with the dimensions of hockey’s most fundamental focal point. But there is no mistaking the threat.

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Old Is Still Good

from Eduardo Encina of the St. Petersburg Times,

Hockey players have a tough time giving up on helmets, shin guards and other equipment, but there’s something about the feel and comfort of worn shoulder pads that makes them special.

“I’ve had mine since I was 16,” said center Brad Richards, 27. “They’re going to stay with me. They’re not going anywhere. I don’t know if it’s weird, but I can change skates 100 times a year, gloves, all that stuff, but my shoulder pads, if I didn’t have those, I’d be lost forever.”

Much like someone having a worn-in baseball glove or a favorite pair of sneakers, some hockey players don’t want to let go of their favorite equipment, no matter how ratty it becomes.

Some players are the same way with other equipment.

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Therma Blade Increases Testing

TORONTO, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ - Therma Blade Inc. announced today that following preliminary testing of its heated skate blade prototypes by five NHL players, it will expand product testing to include some of the 50 NHL players and NHL teams requesting production models of the product.

Four NHL players who have been testing Thermablade prototypes to date will participate in an expanded testing program in which Therma Blade will make its latest production models available to them and to additional players and NHL teams that are on the company’s waiting list for full production models.

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Shopping For A Hockey Stick

from Simcoe.com,

For a young player, the appeal for composite sticks, and frankly any piece of equipment, has a great deal to do with what their professional idols are using. Kids see the league’s most valuable player, Sidney Crosby, score his way in to the record books using a certain type of hockey stick and they want what he’s using.

The question is: Is a composite stick necessary for every player, or simply a fancy frill for those who can afford it?

The term itself might be somewhat deceiving for a first-time buyer. Composite is not in reference to the combination of the blade and shaft of the stick, which is a common misconception.

It’s actually in reference to the what he stick is made of in terms of materials.

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Enough With The Broken Sticks

from the Arizona Republic,

...Players on both teams endured the frustration of at least a dozen broken sticks, a situation Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky called “ridiculous.”

“I have no idea why we don’t go back to wooden sticks,” he said. “These sticks just break continuously. If I was a player, I would step on all those sticks out there. I wouldn’t let anybody use them.

“If a stick would ever cost me a goal in a hockey game, that would have been it. I would have never used that kind of stick ever again. We need to look at it from a hockey point of view, not just our team. From a hockey point of view, it’s ridiculous. I was teasing the guys on the bench - we got to go back to using wooden sticks. They said they don’t make them any more. That shows you how much I know.”

Coyotes equipment manager Stan Wilson said the composite sticks, composed mainly of carbon fiber, were stronger when they first came out.

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