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See how the new jerseys look in NHL08… Only a few teams, those who have released their new design.
from the Boston Globe,
During the dark days of the NHL’s 2004-05 lockout season, Reebok International Ltd. began poring over hundreds of prototypes for new uniforms, from a Robocop look with protective gear on the outside to jerseys neatly tucked into pants. With NHL players hard to come by during the lockout, Reebok tapped retired athletes and minor leaguers to try uniforms on an ice rink here and hired researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Central Michigan University to conduct thermal and wind-tunnel tests.
Today, the Boston Bruins will unveil the new Reebok uniform, the first NHL team to show off the sleek look with tighter-fitting jerseys and advanced moisture technology. The Bruins also are one of six teams that are using the introduction of the uniform to change their logo and striping, bringing back a vintage look reminiscent of the Bobby Orr era and showing that the redesign is about profit as well as performance.
from the Saginaw News,
Ryan Burke did his share of work on the Rbk EDGE uniform.
Ryan Burke now knows how a guinea pig feels.
Only the Michigan State University freshman got paid a little better.
The 18-year-old Burke was given a new pair of skates and $300 for spending three days on a StairMaster stepper at Central Michigan University, helping a group of professors work with Reebok International to develop a new uniform for the National Hockey League.
A few months ago, a lot of interest was generated in the stick Pavel Datsyuk has been using recently. Now, a little more info…
from the AP via the Centre Daily,
Datsyuk has been using the stick with seven strategically placed holes toward the bottom of the shaft since December. He says it has improved his game and enticed him to put more shots on goal.
The holes are meant to reduce wind resistance by more than 20 percent. And Datsyuk says it has made his shot more powerful and allowed him to block shots without breaking his stick during the middle of a shift.
However, there is one problem with the stick: “Now it’s colored green and black,” he said, jokingly. “What I need is (one that’s) colored red and black because I’m on the Red Wings.”
from the Sun-Sentinel,
The Panthers had their first opportunity to test the NHL’s new Reebok uniforms during Friday’s practice. They drew mixed reviews….
Some players, like forward Ville Peltonen, did not notice a difference. Others complained that the jerseys limited their range of motion.
But defenseman Steve Montador pointed out a lesser-known feature of the new uniforms.
“I think initially there could be some different types of fights because there is less to grab on to,” said Montador, who has been in eight fights this season. “It could cause a little bit of a learning curve to grab onto and prevent a knockout punch from coming your way.”
more on the Panthers, inlcuding attendance talk…
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