Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Alanah McGinley on 08/10/11 at 02:00 PM ET
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.
What is unique about the pads?
The main feature of the shoulder pads is the fact that the shoulder caps velcro on to custom fit each players body. The other plastic pieces are also removable to cater to each players preference for their level of protection. For example, players can remove the shoulder caps if they are playing in a non-check league and still have chest and spine protection. They can also remove the extra chest and spine protection and keep the shoulder caps on if they just want shoulder protection.
The videos below provide more info about the pads and their fitting. The first one shows the specifics of how the pads and plates are all adjustable/removable. And in the second, Mike Knuble of the Washington Capitals pulls them on.
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