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Several days ago, I was invited to a press conference for the OneGoal hockey show, which will be taking place on November 9-11 at Cobo Hall in Detroit, MI. OneGoal, the show’s sponsor, is a grass-roots hockey program with strong ties to the NHL, NHLPA, USA Hockey, Hockey Canada, and several equipment manufacturers, and its goal is to increase participation in yout hockey programs. OneGoal also sponsors the November trade show so that the profits made from said event, which will be open to the public for the first time, go back into promoting youth hockey.
As most of you know, the Detroit Red Wings’ PR staff (and the ever-present John Hahn) prefers not to acknowledge the existence of bloggers, so I headed down to Joe Louis Arena fully expecting to be welcomed at the security desk, have my credentials checked, and then be told to leave the building. I figured, what the hey, I’m going to see the Queens of the Stone Age at 6, and if worse comes to worse, I’ll have five hours to kill in my favourite city on the planet.
From Damian Cristodero at Tampa Bay.com,
The debate over visors in the NHL, believed to be the last major league in the world that doesn’t mandate some kind of facial protection, is not new. But it gained traction this season with several high-profile injuries of unprotected players.
Devils defenseman Colin White could be out for the season after a Sept. 19 practice incident in which a puck deflected into his right eye, broke his nose and blurred his vision.
Tampa Bay’s Chris Gratton is playing, now with a visor, but still has blurry vision in his right eye from being clipped in the cornea by an errant stick blade in a preseason game. Lightning star Vinny Lecavalier needed three stitches in his right eyelid when he was clipped.
This at a time visor manufacturers say their product has never been more sophisticated and addresses players’ main complaints of distorted vision and moisture buildup with “optically correct” designs and clear coating to reduce fog.
From Easton Hockey,
Easton Hockey, the manufacturer of the No. 1 stick in the NHL, has announced the launch of Easton Hockey S17, a micro-site completely dedicated to the all-new technologically advanced Stealth S17 hockey stick. Complete with video, detailed graphics, technology descriptions, a variety of action photos, and a co-marketed Hollywood Records soundtrack, the micro-site is being launched to coincide with the highly anticipated introduction of the Stealth S17 stick, according to Kyle Horn, director of marketing for Easton Hockey.
Easton S17 website - showcases videos featuring Dany Heatley, Marian Gaborik, Zach Parise and Ryan Getzlaf
In recent years, the NHL has become plagued by groin and head injuries produced by the musculatures of year-round training—220-pound slabs of muscle crashing into each other at 20 miles per hour, groin muscles tearing when said slabs attempt to turn on a dime. Add another layer of speed and it’ll just get worse.
Also, in addition to skating, hockey involves—speaking very generally—puckhandling, teamwork, positional play, checking and, most importantly, passion. Increasing speed won’t make the players better at anything else.
from the CP via TSN,
“The NHL is very interested in confirming the data provided by Therma Blade Inc. to establish the safety and reliability of the blade under NHL game conditions and we have agreed to allow a small group of players to test these blades in practices over the next few weeks,’’ says Kris King, the NHL’s senior manager of hockey operations.
Six to 10 players will try them first. If there are no glitches, the blades then would begin appearing in NHL games.
King says once he receives from the company a list of players who want to participate, he and Stu Grimson of the NHL Players’ Association will review it and decide who’ll be asked to wear the blades.
added 5:52pm, You can check out their website too, it has some video on it, but the site is loading very slowly for me.
About eight to 10 NHL players will begin using Thermablade during upcoming games and practices. The NHL and NHLPA will use the testing phase to evaluate Thermablade’s potential for use in NHL competition on a broader scale.
KK had a write-up from the Toronto Star about the Thermablade back in late September…
from the Columbus Dispatch,
And then there are David Vyborny’s sticks: short, stubby, all wood and spray-painted black.
It’s like wandering into Circuit City and finding a shelf stocked with 14-inch, black-and-white televisions. Forget high definition. In the world of hockey innovation, Vyborny isn’t even cable ready.
“I’m an old-style guy,” said Vyborny, a right winger and the franchise leader in assists and points. “When I find something I like, I want to keep using it.”
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
“I remember (Nike CEO) Phil Knight saying at the time that hockey was North America’s fourth-most culturally-significant sport,” said John Collins, a former senior executive in Nike’s hockey division. “He wanted in.”
Nike would wind up paying a frothy $395 million (U.S.) for Canstar, a 50 per cent premium above the level its shares were trading in prior months.
Industry executives now say even though a number of suitors will probably emerge for NikeBauer, it’s doubtful the division will sell for more than $150 million – less than half what Nike originally paid for it.
Easton Hockey has partnered with Kukla’s Korner to give away hockey equipment to a lucky KK reader.
October Contest: Send us your best photo, showing your love of hockey or team spirit. Be as creative as you like - whatever shows your enthusiasm for your favorite team, the NHL or the game of hockey in general.
Entries must be received by October 24th (all contest entry information is below) and the winner will be decided by a panel of judges and announced October 26th. Winning photo and others will be displayed on KK.
October’s prize is a pair of Easton Stealth S11 hockey gloves, valued at $169.00 - more info below.
From Eric Kay at CBS Sports,
Such are things with hockey sweaters. Football and basketball jerseys may dominate today’s marketplace, while a top-selling hockey jersey (Peter Forsberg) sees sales of around 4,000. To put that in perspective, some 600,000 LeBron jerseys were sold just six months after the then high schooler was drafted.
Yes, the NHL doesn’t have the tentacles or market share of the other big American sports, so its numbers will never reach a parallel scope. But there’s something more to hockey garb. Just like the little boy in Roch Carrier’s The Hockey Sweater, people don’t just pull the old switcheroo on their hockey threads. There’s something that comes with wearing a time-tested Red Wings or Bruins jersey.
more… (*you can vote for your favorite sweaters at the link)
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