Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/12/11 at 09:36 PM ET
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
In February, the NHL put its stamp of approval on a new type of padding that soon will wrap stanchions inside an NHL rink near you.
The Fusion Safety Pad is taller, thicker and denser than the current industry standard and was developed by Minneapolis’ Sports Resource Group.
Over the past three weeks, the company has been negotiating a contract with the NHL. Once that’s finalized, “We can pull the trigger on production instantly [in Fridley] and have these in the hands of arena operators in seven to 10 days,” said Chris Guertin, President of Sports Resource Group. “Our goal would be to get these in the arenas for the playoffs.
“Unfortunately, if this [Pacioretty’s] hit happened April 8 instead of March 8, it probably would have been a non-factor and he would have skated off,” Guertin added.
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