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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.
from Colby Cosh of the National Post,
The painted goalie masks of the past were, by and large, bright abstract designs easily legible from the cheap seats. Most of the great, enduring ones were thought up by the father of mask painting, design student/goalie Greg Harrison. The masks from that time are the ones we still revere as canonical: Ken Dryden’s concentric red-and-blue “targets,” Mike Palmateer’s classic Leafs mask, the bicentennial special Ron Low wore with the Caps, Murray Bannerman’s elegant “kabuki” number. When goalies switched to the combined mask-with-caged-visor style of today, things began to get slightly more representational and crude, but some of the best literalist designs of the ‘80s and early ‘90s were still simple and tasteful, executed in a minimalist spirit: Mike Richter’s Lady Liberty, Andy Moog’s Bruins bear.
But now things have gone completely to hell.
Canadian content. Do you think we will see a USA version?
from Vito Pilieci at Canada.com,
An Ontario company has developed a new way to sharpen skates that will give the wearer as much as a five-per-cent boost in speed without sacrificing any control.
Called the “Flat Bottom V,” the technology allows for a skate to be sharpened with a squared-off hollow centre. The shape provides the optimal performance on the ice for skaters, according Kingsville’s Blackstone Sports, the creators of the technology….
Traditionally, a sharpener passes a diamond over the skate’s blade, carving out an arched grove. A lower arch provides the skater with more speed while a higher arch provides taller edges that bite into the ice and give the skater more control over their movements.
The Flat Bottom V is created with a device called a “spinner” that contains several diamond cutters capable of carving out the hollow square shape.
The skate-sharpening technology, which is slowly being rolled out to skate shops all across the nation’s capital, proved to be an instant hit with many players within the National Hockey League…
from Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
It appears the “staged fights” rule recommended by the NHL’s 30 GMs will not see the light of day.
The players discussed it at their meeting here this week and they recommended to their members on the competition committee to vote against it. The committee needs seven of 10 votes to pass a new rule and they won’t get it if all five players vote no next Thursday when the group meets in Montreal.
The union brought in a number of tough guys Wednesday and they shared their universal thumbs down on the “staged fights” rule proposition.
continued plus some goaltender equipment & Pronger talk too…
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
At training centres, fake ice is becoming popular. The Athletic Conditioning Centre, where several NHL Senators train in the summer, has recently installed a sheet of synthetic ice inside the Ben Franklin dome.
Public-private facilities (such as the Bell Sensplex), covered outdoor ice, warehouse ice, trumped up backyard rinks, rink-in-a-box facilities that can be assembled like an adult version of a child’s Leggo project: these are just some of the arena trends available to cities and private interests.
Dave Gagner played 15 NHL seasons with seven clubs, including the Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks. Since retiring, Gagner has developed a niche business with Custom Ice Inc., a company he started in Burlington, Ont., nine years ago. Gagner also has a facility in Minnesota.
Though not as romantic as the image of Gordie Howe skating on a natural pond in rural Saskatchewan, Gagner’s rink business had the same idea in mind: a sheet of ice on which kids can skate and play at their convenience, whether in a backyard, park or studio.
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