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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
For the eighth straight year, visor use by NHL players has risen from the previous season – and now stands at a full 50 per cent of the league – according to a new survey compiled by The Hockey News….
When The Hockey News first began tracking visor usage during the NHL’s 1998-99 campaign, only 15 per cent of players shielded their eyes. By 2001-02, that number had increased to 28 per cent (191 players), and by 2005-06, 38 per cent (244 players) were wearing visors.
Several weeks ago, readers were invited to submit a photo which they felt best illustrated the spirit of hockey coming into a new season, and now we have a winner: KK member “The Freak” will be receiving a new, $169 pair of Easton Hockey Stealth S11 hockey gloves for his great entry.
We also decided to give out an unplanned second prize to “Jdunc”. His submission titled “Game Face” was taken while dressed up to watch a hockey game at home on the couch, so we’ve thrown in a $25 gift certificate just for fun, to Ice Jerseys.com.
Both winners will be contacted next week, and you can see their submissions below. Our thanks to Easton Hockey for the prize, and we’ll look forward to another contest in a couple weeks.
And of course, thanks to everyone who participated!
Stephen Harris at the Boston Herald was the originator of some controversy yesterday when he noted:
According to sources in the B’s dressing room, Reebok has been unable to correct problems with the new jerseys introduced this season across the NHL and will replace them at the company’s expense with new uniforms made of the old materials.
This morning, Harris reports differently:
NHL senior vice president for communications Bernadette Mansur called about what she said were inaccuracies in a note here yesterday about the troublesome new Reebok jerseys.
Mansur said there will not be an across-the-board, leaguewide replacement of the shirts, which many players say tend to hold sweat inside, leading to drenched gloves. She said there are many players who have no problem with the new apparel, while those who want the replacements will get them.
Further, she said, the new shirts will not be made from the same material as in years past. They will have a new-performance fabric on their front half, with the back unchanged.
From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,
Is Reebok in the process of replacing all NHL jerseys at company expense with new uniforms made of the old materials, as reported on a Boston Herald blog Thursday.
Not according to NHL senior vice president of communications Bernadette Mansur, who said today that while Reebok is not jettisoning the new design, it is modifying them on a player-by-player basis, depending upon their individual needs.
“There are certain panels on the front of the jersey which are being replaced with a performance fabric, an air-knit fabric,” said Mansur. “They are being given to the players who are requesting them. There is no going back to the old jerseys, no. It’s just the use of an alternate (fabric) to resolve specific issues.”
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…
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