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by Paul on 01/23/12 at 11:08 PM ET
from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,
For 10 minutes, all forwards and defencemen – goalies were excluded– wore heart monitors and were asked to skate half-speed from the red line deep into the defensive zone, curl around a pylon and return to their original spots. Their movements were tracked by a computer.
If it was at full speed, maybe it would make sense to a layman, or a hockey journalist. But half speed? How did that simulate anything players do in a game?
Luckily, Canuck alternate captain Kevin Bieksa seemed to understand exactly what was happening.
“It was the sleep doctors wanting to see how alert we are in the morning,” he explained. “Underneath our helmets, we had these pads on our heads. Apparently the [data] tells them how alert we are and how ready we are when we first step on the ice. You feel a little bit like a guinea pig but, whatever is going to help make us better, we’re all for it.
“We’re fine with it, we accept it and there is 100 per cent buy-in around here. Ownership and management have shown they’re looking into every possible way to gain an advantage.”
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