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The Mystique of the Hockey Sweater

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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NHL Fashion Police

I have noticed a few players have cut the inseam of their hockey pants and a few others have altered their socks too.

I thought I read a few months ago that the NHL would not allow these types of alterations…  Maybe I am wrong, maybe the NHL just hasn’t caught it, or maybe they will let it go.

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Hockey Sticks in Mexico

From Wired ASAP,

It may be more than 100 degrees outside, but inside this factory about 25 minutes south of the U.S. border, more than 500 workers are busy making equipment for a sport played on a large sheet of ice.

And they’re pretty busy, churning out about 7,000 hockey sticks a week.  While Mexico is hardly the heart of hockey country, this is precisely where a large chunk of the NHL’s sticks are designed, tested and mass produced.

For the most part, hockey is about as foreign as a sport can get in Mexico, but the Easton Hockey plant has its own roller hockey team—and they’re well equipped, of course.

continued…

*There’s also a video slideshow available.

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Reebok Fixing Water Retention Problem

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

To correct that problem Reebok says it has developed a treatment that permits sweat to escape through the fibers, yet still manages to stay reasonably dry.

This new sweater is being shipped to teams around the league, with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Reebok’s spokesman Sidney Crosby likely to debut the modifications as early as Friday.

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The Changing Sweater

from Uni Watch at ESPN,

All of which shows that changing an entire league’s uniforms en masse, as the NHL and Reebok have done this season, is a tricky proposition. There’s no precedent for it among the major team sports—the closest parallel is the sea change in baseball triggered in 1970 by the Pirates, who switched from button-up vests, belted pants, and flannel fabric to a pullovers, elastic waistbands, and double-knit polyester. Within three years, all 24 MLB teams had gone to polyester, 14 had switched from button fronts to pullovers, and 16 had switched from belts to waistbands.

But that gradual transition happened incrementally, whereas the NHL changes—which involve graphics and aesthetics as much as new fabrics and tailoring considerations—are being thrust upon us all at once. With the regular season slated to begin this weekend, every single team has new uniforms, although some of the changes are more modest than others.

read on

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Electric Blade

from the Toronto Star,

Gretzky is plugging a new, battery-warmed skate blade that melts ice to give its wearer — so the endorsements contend — more speed with less work and overall, a better hockey experience.

Hey, is it too late for the Leafs to place an order?

The Thermablade inventor, Calgarian Tory Weber, says the steamy steel is not a novelty item, like Cooperalls, nasal strips or pyramid power. The 43-year-old, who spent more than $5 million over five years to bring his idea to market, believes the “fairly simple physics” behind the electronic blade will revolutionize hockey for competitive players.

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“Sweat”-er Talk

from the Calgary Sun,

Having now sampled the new, high-tech togs unveiled by all 30 NHL teams this year for a handful of pre-season games, Flames players are understanding why the word sweat is in sweater.

“My undershirt is just soaked,” said forward Owen Nolan. “I find I’m changing them in between periods and a lot more frequently than before. I feel like I’m working out in a sauna.”...

“With the other ones, you had holes and got more of a breeze in there—maybe that’s why you got that drying out effect,” said blueliner Cory Sarich. “These seem to heat you up more because there’s not that two-way air flow.

“Besides, the jerseys don’t feel much different than the old ones. I don’t know if they’ve accomplished what they want. From talking to guys, I don’t feel they’re making a difference on the ice.”

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All Wet

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Penguins agree, pretty much to a man, that the high-tech sweaters they will be wearing this season are lighter and more comfortable than the ones they replaced.

They also concur that the new sweaters are extremely effective at repelling moisture, exactly as planned.

Trouble is, quite a few have concluded that is not necessarily a good thing….

“[The sweaters] don’t soak anything in, which I guess is what they wanted,” Recchi said. “But the problem is, it goes through all of your equipment. It goes into your gloves, goes into your skates.”

And eventually saturates the leather in both, leaving the players feeling as if their hands and feet are immersed in liquid. Perhaps because, at least in some cases, they are.

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Rangers React To New Sweater

from The Journal,

Wearing the practice version of the new style of jerseys they debuted last night at the Garden, each reacted as if they were looking at a different person.

“If people had heard I didn’t wear shoulder pads beforehand, now they know I don’t,” said a slightly less-imposing Brendan Shanahan, who for the record, wears slight pads on his shoulders.

“Man, I look tiny,” Sean Avery said.

Only Darius Kasparaitis, newly chiseled after shedding 20 pounds over the summer, seemed impressed.

“I look sexy,” he said.

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Nike May Sell NikeBauer Hockey

from PR Newswire via CNN:

[Nike] also announced today its intent to explore the sale of Nike Bauer Hockey. Following a strategic review of the company’s affiliate brands portfolio, Nike determined that despite the strength of the business, Nike Bauer Hockey does not align with the Company’s long-term growth priorities and exploring a sale is the best strategic alternative. The Company expects the exploration process and any potential sale that maximizes Nike Bauer Hockey’s value to Nike will be completed within the current fiscal year.

Commenting on the anticipated sale, Parker said: “We are focused on investing our resources where we will achieve the greatest returns, both within the Nike brand and within a strong portfolio of complementary affiliate brands. We’re confident it’s the right choice for our Company as we maximize our opportunities and drive toward our long-term growth targets. Given Nike Bauer’s market leading position, we believe we will be able to effectively execute this transaction.”

continued... NikeBauer is one of hockey’s heaviest hitters, so this is going to get more and more interesting as time goes on.

added 12:16pm, The Hockey News has more on this, stating it could be sold by May 31, 2008.

 

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