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[Please welcome high school hockey coach Dennis Boomer, who kindly tested the Easton Stealth RS and provided his thoughts on the stick for Kukla’s Korner readers.]
As soon as I picked up the stick I noticed how light it was. I prefer a heavy stick, but as I used the Easton Stealth RS, the light weight didn’t bother me as much. Also the shaft has a tacky finish to allow for a better grip, which helps in stick handling and doesn’t interfere with play like other tackified sticks.
But shooting the puck is where the Easton Stealth RS separates itself from other sticks. The wrist shots and snapshots are greatly improved because of the tapering of the shaft. The puck really jumps off the stick blade with far less effort than some of the older sticks.
from the CP at TSN,
Most helmets are designed to do one thing well: Prevent catastrophic head injuries.
And they do.
As for stopping concussions, that’s more of a work in progress.
Hoshizaki said that helmets are constructed to shield players from linear impacts, such as when a player falls backward and smacks his head on the ice.
But his research has shown that most concussions occur through what’s called angular acceleration, where a player suddenly turns into a big hit. That’s what happened to Crosby, who took an abrupt shoulder to the side of the head against Washington on New Year’s Day.
In his next game, Crosby was checked into the boards (more of a linear impact but his brain may have been still recovering, Hoshizaki said).
“Can the helmet do better? Yes,” said Hoshizaki, whose lab tests around 5,000 impacts a year involving football and hockey helmets, along with those used in Alpine skiing. “But they will never prevent concussions, just help decrease the risk of concussions.”
“I understand the players’ association being concerned about guys getting hurt and everything else, but I think the number one problem in this game right now is the head injuries and everybody needs to be in as soft shoulder pads can possibly be designed with still having some relative degree of safety.”
-Bob McKenzie of TSN. More from McKenzie by Nick Murray of The Brunswickan at the Canadian University Press newswire.
As summer draws to a close, Winnipeggers are hungrier than ever for hockey. The chance to host the best in the game has Jets fans salivating – especially those lucky enough to get season tickets.
Down Low Hockey was recently added as an advertising partner on KK, and so you may have noticed this photo (on the right) appearing on the site. Given the nature of the product, we asked the company’s owner and designer, Dave Lewandowski, to answer a few questions for us.
Can you tell us how the company got started?
I designed the shoulder pads for my senior project while majoring in Industrial Design at Wentworth Institute of Design in Boston. The response to the pads was received so well that I decided to start Down Low Hockey and get the pads manufactured.
A dislocated shoulder gave me the inspiration to design a better pair of shoulder pads since I switched from small shoulder pads to big bulky pads after the injury.
M.I.T Ph.D. economics student, Pascual Restrepo, has reached out to us asking for a little help. He has been testing the effect of different types of facial protection on performance and playing style, having constructed a huge dataset of players’ statistics and visor usage, but he still has a few questions.
The only thing missing [from] my research are important dates when different leagues made visors, helmets or cages mandatory and if there were any grandfather clauses or age requirements (for example, the NHL made helmets mandatory in 1979 with a grandfather clause that allowed veteran players to keep playing without one).
In particular I am trying to find the regulatory history (with respect to visors, mostly, but also cages or helmets) of the following leagues: Swiss, Sweden, German, British, Russian or KHL, Denmark, Finland, Czech or any other European league, LNAH, WCHL, WPHL, USHL, and NAHL, and Canadian or US minor and junior leagues.
Can anyone provide answers to Pascual’s questions, or links to some definitive areas to accurately source this information?
Your help would be hugely appreciated, and Pascuel pledges to publish his data and preliminary results here on Kukla’s Korner when his research is complete.
From an interview the Ford Performance Group did with Jimmy Howard recently. You can also find a stash of their photos here.
FPG: “Can you tell us what the inspiration was behind the mask’s design? Obviously it has a lot to do with cars and the Motor City, but is there anything in particular you can share with Mustang fans
JH: “I wanted to capture the city spirit and the auto industry being such a big deal here, so I wanted the design to involve that. And when I saw the movie ‘Gone in 60 Seconds,’ I fell in love with the ‘Eleanor’ Shelby Mustang, so I wanted to put that on the mask as a symbol of the Motor City.”
FPG: “So if you were playing for another team in another city, does that mean you probably wouldn’t put a Mustang on your mask?”
JH: “You know what, probably not (laughing), but I really think the car is sharp, so when I had a chance to be here and play in the Motor City, I’m proud to put a Shelby Mustang on it.”
Alright KK readers, I’ve got a scoop for you. I was recently approached by MLX Skates to test, review and keep a pair of their hockey skates. In the coming days I¹ll be taking them out for a spin and giving you an inside look into what MLX Skates can do.
I’m certainly no skate aficionado, but I was familiar with the product before I was contacted, and perhaps you are too. They are the brainchild of former Olympian Dave Cruishank, who sought out to make a more comfortable, maneuverable and effective skate for hockey players. The skates are currently worn by a slew of NHLers, such as Dustin Byfuglien, Sergei Gonchar, Jonas Hiller and Daniel Alfreddson, to name a few.
I’m looking forward to giving you a full report on what they can do. Keep an eye on this space for a full account of my MLX experience sometime in the next week.
Until then, enjoy the playoff hockey!
from Damien Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,
Steve Yzerman at the end of the season will ask Lightning players who do not wear visors to consider adding them for 2011-12.
“We don’t want people getting injured,” Tampa Bay’s general manager said. “We want to keep their eyesight and noses in place, so it’s something we would like to push moving forward.”
Yzerman’s statement came two days after C Vinny Lecavalier was hit in the right eye with a stick blade during Sunday’s victory over the Blackhawks.
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