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from Zackharia DeBeaussaert of The Farm Club,
Zamboni is the common vernacular for the behemoth driving around on the ice. It’s actually an ice resurfacer. Commonly, tissues get called Kleenex, but Kleenex is a brand, not the actual object. It’s the same for Zamboni.
The Zamboni company has an internationally registered trademark that has vaulted them from a product producing company, to their own word in the dictionary. Since 1950 the Zamboni company has had a stranglehold on the ice resurfacing market, because lets face it “I wanna drive the ice resurfacer” doesn’t exactly carry the tune.
There’s a new company that’s coming in to challenge Zamboni’s dominance on the ice resurfacing market. In Grand Blanc, Mich. the machine known as the Icecat looks to be the new standard of ice surface maintenance all across the globe.
“Our tagline is ‘built like a sports car, shaves like a razor’ because of it’s premium features and aerodynamic design” said Tyler Moncreiff, Sales and Brand manager for Icecat North America. The Icecat is the product of UKKO a manufacturing company based in Finland. Moncreiff says that the move to sell in North America was to gain prominence in the biggest ice resurfacer market in the world.
There’s a great hockey app on the market called “Shnarped” that was developed by two teammates from Princeton; Kyle Hagel (currently with the Portland Pirates) and Dustin Sproat (formerly of the Cincinnati Cyclones). We recently caught up with Dustin to discuss the Shnarped Hockey App…
Q: First off, what is Shnarped?
A: Shnarped is a hockey app designed to be a social network for the hockey community. It connects players, fans, agents, coaches, and managers of the sport we all love while providing them with the most relevant player stats, news and highlights. The most unique feature of Shnarped is “the pound” which is like sending a virtual fist-bump or tap on the shin pads to a player for a great game. If you send a pound to one of our over 300 verified pro players, they can send one back.
Q: Where did the idea for Shnarped come from?
A: It grew out of a charity I was doing with my co-founder Kyle Hagel called Hockey Players 4 Kids. We saw first hand how valuable player-fan engagement could be but we also faced a lot of challenges keeping up with all the players. We knew there had to be a better way to stay connected and track how our buddies were doing. That’s where the original idea for Shnarped came from and it’s grown into this fully featured hockey app.
Although this video is almost five years old, this is the first time I have seen it.
Enjoy and you may have to watch it a few times.
from CBC News,
Former NHL player Georges Laraque is stepping aside as deputy leader of the federal Green Party and dropping out of the race as the party's candidate in Montreal's Bourassa riding to concentrate on clearing his name, after learning he will face fraud charges.
Laraque confirmed late Wednesday that he is facing fraud charges following an investigation by Longueuil police into a dispute with a former business partner.
He initially said that he planned to continue door-knocking in the east-end Montreal riding, left vacant by the departure of longtime Liberal MP Denis Coderre, who is running for the Montreal mayor's job. A date has yet to be set for a byelection.
Missing a 1911 George Vezina rookie card or the rare Bert Corbeau card from 1924 to top off your hockey collection?
Well, Simon Bourque of Delson, Que., has the goods. In fact, he's ready to auction off 1,500 of the rarest and best-kept pre-World War II cards.
A recent bid of the Corbeau card from the 1923-24 NHL season reached more than $27,000, according to CBC's The National. He was the first player to suit up for the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. He was also the first Leafs captain after the team changed its name from the Toronto St. Pats.
Below, watch a video report from CBC on the collection...
John Buccigross of ESPN with The Language of Hockey video feature or read Here Comes the Hockey Life here.
Read this story from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette at the National Post regarding Brodeur's most famous picture.
The first 35 seconds ia a gay activist report from Russia then the flooding in Sochi.
from Darren Heitner at Forbes,
In 2005, the NHL — the league that BioSteel first cracked — implemented league-wide drug testing with its new collective bargaining agreement. According to Celenza, “Before that, guys were taking everything under the sun.”
At that time, Matt Nichol was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs and basically the point of contact for anyone in the NHL looking for advice on nutrition.
“Following the new CBA, Matt then calls all the supplemental nutrition companies that are supplying the Leafs and says, ‘We have drug testing now. Not only do I need your drug testing documentation but proof that what is on your label is in your product,’” Celenza recalled. “Not one company could get back to him with any documentation. He said, ‘My players’ reputation is on the line. My reputation is on the line. What do I do?’”
The Maple Leafs then suggested Nichol create his own product — and he did just that. Over the years, Nichol tweaked the product based on responses from some of his athletes. Together, Nichol and Celenza co-founded BioSteel, with Nichol and a team of scientists ultimately forming a safe supplement for professional and Olympic athletes.
Fast-forward to 2009, and a childhood buddy of Celenza’s — current Calgary Flames forward and alternate captain, Michael Cammalleri — began training with Nichol. After numerous workout sessions that also involved consuming BioSteel product, Cammalleri was sold. Much of the NHL followed thereafter. Cammalleri finally found a steady and consistent source of energy in BioSteel, which includes no sugar, artificial flavors or preservatives in its products.
from Jim Souhan of the StarTribune,
Former Twin Francisco Liriano will start for the Pirates, and former Twin Justin Morneau will bat cleanup and wear a new number: 66.
I guessed that was a result of the intense hockey fan paying homage to Penguins great Mario Lemeiux. I was wrong.
``Nope,'' Morneau said. ``It's just 33 times two.''
Morneau wore 33 during his prime with the Twins. Is 99 a possibility? ``Nope,'' he said. ``There's only one 99 for us Canadians.''
read on for some baseball talk...
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