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from the Vancouver Sun,
The Detroit Red Wings, currently battling for a spot in the Stanley Cup finals, have some of the oldest players in the National Hockey League, including starting goaltender Dominik Hasek (aged 42), and ageless defenceman Chris Chelios (45).
Small wonder the team has ordered 75 pairs—including 20 pairs at the start of their series against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks—of Coreshorts, a product invented by an Abbotsford physiotherapist and one that has found its way into every NHL locker room, as well as those in other major sports leagues.
Compression shorts have been part of an athlete’s wardrobe for years, but Coreshorts takes the concept a step further. By angling elastic pieces within Lycra shorts in an X-pattern running diagonally from the hip to the opposite thigh, Coreshorts support the pelvis, lower back and groin. The more the athlete pushes in a direction, the more stability he or she gets.
By George James Malik
For as long as skate blades have been digging into ice, hockey players have tinkered with the way they sharpen their blades. A deeply-hollowed blade is what you need to dig in on bad ice and turn aggressively, but players who have their skates sharpened more shallowly swear by the way that their skates “float” on the ice.
Over the last hundred years, skate blades have become lighter, stronger, less likely to chip or lose their edges, and blades have been designed to bend, flex, and even be replaced readily, whether steel or nylon, but nobody’s ever questioned whether to change the shape of the skate blade.
Rather serendipitously, I stumbled upon a site for CT Edge skate blades—blades that flare outwards—and I emailed them in short order. PR director Dan Pujol graciously scheduled an interview with the CT Edge blade’s creator, Conrad Titzmann, and we spoke at length about the concept.
A few weeks ago, HNIC did a feature on “Blade Tape”.
NHL Digest thought it was interesting enough to contact the company and get the scoop.
BladeTape is an alternative to traditional cloth hockey tape. It is a self adhesive rubber application that repels snow and ice to offer better control of the puck than traditional cloth tape used on the hockey sticks. It has been patented and tested to be durable for about 12 ice sessions, but some have claimed that it can be used substantially longer.
From Reuters via MSNBC,
A blow to the chest of a young athlete from a ball, or hockey stick, or hard collision with another player, can trigger an irregular heartbeat that leads to sudden death — and commercially available chest protectors don’t do what they’re supposed to do, according to a new report.
“A significant proportion (about 40 percent) of sudden deaths reported in young competitive athletes due to blunt chest blows occur despite the presence of commercially available sports equipment generally perceived as protective,”
The study looked at 182 cases of the deadly irregular heartbeat condition “commotio cordis”. Of the 25 deaths analyzed, hockey injuries caused the majority:
The athletes who suffered fatal blunt chest blows were all male and between 5 and 23 years of age; their average age was 15. Thirteen were hockey players (including one goalie), ten were football players, six were lacrosse players (including three goalies), and three were baseball players (all of them catchers).
By George James Malik:
I recently spoke to Easton Hockey’s Vice President, Ned Goldsmith, about Easton ‘s present and future equipment line-ups, including their composite hockey skates. We spoke twice, and Formula PR did a stellar job of coordinating the interviews. Mr. Goldsmith was a pleasure to speak to.
Here’s the first part of our conversation:
The Gearhead: I read the press release about the Synergy Elite stick, and there’re dozens of NHL’ers using it. You’ve stuck with the Synergy’s gone through a few generations—the grip, the SL, and the Stealth sticks, but now you’ve gone back to the Synergy name. How is the Synergy Elite a new generation stick, if you will, and what separates it from the original Synergy?
Ned Goldsmith: Easton invented the performance one-piece stick, we’ve driven stick innovation in the NHL, and the Synergy Elite is in fact the next step forward. What makes the Synergy Elite unique is its weight-to-strength ratio; it’s a remarkably light stick that’s also extremely durable. Making sticks is an art, really. Sticks are made with aerospace technology, and while making a stick is 80% science, the other 20% is art. It’s like cooking, to some extent—you can have the recipe, but making grandma’s pie involves a lot of touches and subtleties. In composite stick-making, it comes down to how much pressure you apply, when you apply the pressure, how much heat you use, great ingredients—we’re one of the largest users of aerospace-quality fibre—not all composite sticks are created equal, and we’re the one of the #1 users of Kevlar as well, so the ingredients we use are the best ingredients available.
That’s right folks, 9 1/2 minutes of goalie masks- nothing more, nothing less.
from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News via Yahoo,
Commodore tapes the top of his stick to give him a better grip. Players also make a knob out of tape to help them know where the end of the stick is by feel and to keep the stick from flying out of their hands.
To make the sticks identical in length, Commodore makes a quick cut with a hacksaw where a current stick lines up with a new one. He then lays the longer stick on the table and saws through to make the sticks even (and perfect for his 6-4 frame).
Commodore also makes sure the bottoms of the sticks are smooth and the blade curves match. Players can curve their blades a maximum of three-quarters of an inch. Blades must be at least 2 inches wide at all points. A suspicious opponent can call for a stick measurement during a game and force a penalty if the stick is illegal.
A year and a half ago equipment manufacturer Eagle Hockey launched an equipment design contest, spurring an avalanche of concept pad designs from goalies around the world.
Chris Le submitted 4 designs following a similar theme. The designs were titled Eagle Head, Eagle Wings, Eagle Talons, and my personal favorite Eagle Phoenix….
After a lengthy selection process, Chris was selected as the winner and flown to the Eagle hockey factory in London, Ontario for a tour of the facilities, and to meet the staff.
read on... great story…
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