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Making It Safer On The Ice

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.

more and here’s the website of the Sports Resource Group.


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Mr. Fnytelhatt's avatar

Speaking as a person who frequently pretends to be a doctor at cocktail parties, I agree that this may in theory prevent cranial fractures and perhaps even concussions, but Pacioretty probably still would have broken that neck. Regardless, if it’s safer and better, it’s welcome.

Posted by Mr. Fnytelhatt on 03/13/11 at 12:11 AM ET

phillyd's avatar

I still think the glass should curve away from the rink and there should be no support posts rink side, they’d be in 3 feet

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 03/13/11 at 12:35 AM ET


Don’t think curved glass woulda prevented it either.

Posted by Stuck in the Soo on 03/13/11 at 01:37 AM ET

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