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Atlanta Thrashers Equipment Managers Bobby Stewart & Joe Guilmet explain some of the protective equipment players wear.
from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
Kay Whitmore, manager, hockey operations for the NHL, took center stage at Wednesday’s meeting and updated the League’s GMs on the status of size-specific goaltending equipment being instituted next season.
“Kay briefed us on the formulas they use when they are sizing the pads and it’s a pretty detailed formula,” Boston GM Peter Chiarelli told NHL.com. “We are satisfied with what we saw. It’s trending in the right way because it takes measurement of specific body parts.”
According to Whitmore, the ability to have unified measurements of various body parts for every goalie in the NHL is what finally moved the much-discussed plan of height-specific leg pads from the discussion stage to the action stage. In fact, the plan will be in place for the start of next season.
“For 15 years I’ve said that it should be mandatory and should never be the players’ decision, because you give us a choice and the chances are we make the wrong one. In saying that, I haven’t worn a visor my whole career and I’ve had no problem with it, either. So I think when it comes down to it we’re all men, we should have the choice, but for myself, if they tell me to wear a visor because I have to, then I have no problem with it.”
-Brad May of the Detroit Wings stating visors should be mandatory for NHL players. More on this topic from May by Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.
It is all about skates with San Jose Sharks Equipment Manager, Mike Aldrich.
... it is the Maven.
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
This is the time of year when tens of thousands of hockey players will be buying new skates, so who better for advice on purchasing the right pair than Pittsburgh Penguins Equipment Manager Dana Heinze?
NHL.com: Dana, what is the first consideration in purchasing and fitting skates?
Heinze: As a parent buying skates for a player at any level, take into consideration that there are a lot of brands and you are concerned with how that skate will perform for you. The key is what fits you best. There are so many good pairs of skates out there that it’s a matter of personal preference.
NHL.com: What is the proper way to break in a pair of skates?
Heinze: We fitted Matt Cooke this morning for a new pair of skates. He wore his previous skates for a long time. We had him custom-fitted, baked his skates for 2 1/2 minutes and then put them on his feet. At that time, we want the player to pull outward, not upward, on the laces because the boot is soft and there is a chance that you can pull the eyelets out if you pull upward.
from Paul Lukas of ESPN Page 2,
Uni Watch reader Tyler Hull works for Bauer, and as part of his job, he keeps track of what goalies are wearing. So if you’ve never devoted much thought to goalie pads yourself, don’t sweat it—Hull has already done most of the thinking for you.
“Goalies mainly chose their pads based on their style of play,” Hull explains. “It’s the only sports equipment I can think of that’s based on the athlete’s style. I know baseball players use different gloves, but that’s more for position than style.
from Don Barrie at the Peterborough Examiner,
The Petes unveiled their new hockey sweaters last Thursday. The new design and material are part of a move the OHL and the CHA are taking to tap into the endorsement money for sweater exclusivity as their NHL counterparts.
Unfortunately many of the reports and the Petes’ actual press release referred to the new hockey apparel as a jersey, not the sweater that it is.
Here in Canada there are three accepted definitions for “jersey” according to my Funk and Wagnall Dictionary.
Jersey is a breed of a top milk-producing cow that looks like a Guernsey cow but for the black tip on her tail; it’s a type of wool and “a tightly fitting elastic jacket for women.”
There are also two geographic “Jerseys;” an island in the English Channel where the above mention cow hails from and a state in the U. S. , whose only purpose many claim is to hold up one end of the bridges and tunnels going into Manhattan.
Don Barrie is a retired schoolteacher, former scout for the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres and a member of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame.
Henrik Lundqvist talks about his Bauer equipment.
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