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Play Some Real Hockey Vladimir Putin

from Ken Dryden at The Washington Post,

Vladimir Putin likes hockey. Every year, he builds an ice rink in the middle of Moscow’s Red Square. For any occasion he can devise, he puts on his hockey equipment and plays.

It’s not a surprise that Putin feels as he does. Russians love hockey for the same reason Canadians do. It comes straight from their landscape, from winter, from cold. It punishes us, but at the same time absorbs us, so we almost don’t feel its pain. To play hockey, you have to be tough, in lots of ways. And Russians are tough. Tough enough to survive their history. To survive Leningrad.

But there are a few things Putin doesn’t understand about hockey. One is that when he dresses in his hockey gear and skates with real players, and those players let him skate by untouched, and goalies flounder to one side, letting him score five, six, seven times — real hockey players, real goalies, don’t do that. Except maybe once in awhile, and not for anyone over the age of 5. A real hockey player would never ask it, expect it or allow it.

Putin also seems not to understand about hockey something that might relate to this moment: The tough are initiators, they deliver hard, devastating hits, but the really tough take those hits … and keep going, to win in the end. Just like in Leningrad. Obliterating the Ukrainian city of Mariupol doesn’t make you tough.

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CCM Won’t Use Russian Players In Marketing Initiatives

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

CCM Hockey will stop using Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin and other Russian NHL players in any global marketing initiatives, the company said late Monday.

CCM chief executive Marrouane Nabih said the equipment company made the decision following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last week.

“We are very sad to witness, like the rest of the world, what is happening in Ukraine,” Nabih wrote in an email to TSN. “Although Mr. Ovechkin is not responsible for the Russian government’s actions, we took the decision to not use him (or any Russian player) on any global CCM communication at this point.”

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Evening Line- Allan Walsh

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A Roller Skate Which ‘Mimics An On-Ice Stride

from Michael Traikos,

When the inventor of a new type of hockey skate claims that it can make Connor McDavid even faster than he already is, the first instinct is to roll your eyes and add it to the pile of failed gimmicks collecting dust in the back of your local pro shop.

But Per Mars is not just another snake-oil salesman. And Marsblade is not just another version of the Reebok Pump.

Since 2011, the former NHLer-turned-inventor has been disrupting the in-line hockey market with his unique roller skates, which employ a “flow motion technology” that mimics an on-ice stride. In the past year, more than 300 NHLers have been using Marsblades as an off-ice training tool. That includes McDavid, Cale Makar, Quinn Hughes, Evgeni Malkin, Roman Josi and Auston Matthews, with the latter becoming an investor in the company.

This week, Shane Wright, who is projected to go No. 1 overall in the 2022 NHL entry draft, was named an official Marsblade ambassador.

If it’s a gimmick, then it’s a gimmick that is fooling a lot of high-end hockey players.

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Carbon Fiber Sticks May Be Headed To The NHL

from Jacob Feldman of Sportico,

The NHL will review a new hockey stick provider for on-ice use, the league confirmed to Sportico. Only six companies currently outfit every NHLer according to geargeek.com, with three—Bauer, CCM and Warrior—owning nearly 98 percent of the market.

Penguins assistant coach Mark Recchi remembers the puzzling looks on his players’ faces when he first brought a TOVI stick onto the ice at the beginning of this season. With a pattern of diamond-cut holes in the blade, the stick looks more like floor hockey equipment than NHL gear, but Recchi says that you don’t notice the unique design while holding the stick yourself. He was, however, struck by the puck control the stick helped him achieve.

Fellow former NHLer Frank Simonetti said TOVI’s stick felt more like the wooden sticks he used in the 1980s than anything else he’s tried since.

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A Protective Face Shield

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Bauer Now Producing Medical Shields

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN.

The hockey manufacturing company Bauer had been winding down business in both of its North American manufacturing facilities due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the company figured, if it couldn't provide helmets and skates for elite athletes, perhaps it could use its resources to help doctors, nurses and other first-responders in the medical field.

Bauer is now producing medical shields that could be delivered to hospitals as soon as next week. By Wednesday morning, Bauer had orders come in to its Quebec facility for more than 100,000 units across Canada, according to Bauer CEO Ed Kinnaly.

The company is also looking to provide for the United States.

"In the U.S., honestly, the word is not out yet." Kinnaly said.

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We Soon Could See A Hockey Stick Shortage

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

The infectious disease that has stifled life in China has ripple effects for National Hockey League players.

The highly customized sticks used by some 75 percent of the NHL are made in small batches at Chinese factories. With work and travel halted in that country since late January as the country combats an outbreak of coronavirus, the NHL has been unable to get fresh stock in the middle of its competitive season.

During Thursday’s Sabres-Red Wings broadcast, NBC Sports analyst Pierre Maguire said equipment managers told him there was a “major shortage” of sticks.

Hockey manufacturers disputed that, but conceded they are worried.

Bauer, headquartered in Exeter, N.H., makes its pro sticks in China, as does its main competitor, Montreal-based CCM.

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Michael Frolik Tries A Wooden Stick After Practice

from Eric Duhatschek of The Athletic,

For a while now, I’ve wanted to conduct an experiment — to see how a player who’d grown accustomed to the new stick technologies might react to using an old-fashioned wood stick. I’d had a couple gathering dust in my garage, sticks that Nike made for Mario Lemieux to use at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Lemieux was a right-handed shot, but Nike manufactured the sticks in both left- and right-handed versions, and I’d saved one of each....

Good-naturedly, Frolik agreed — quite interested to see how Mario Lemieux’s old stick pattern felt in his hands.

“The new technology is all about making it lighter – and this is a heavy wood stick, heavier for sure,” reported Frolik. “But it felt good. I mean, it’s no mystery why the wood stick was a long time in the league – and in the hockey world. They were good. Probably one of the greatest players ever played with that – so it must have been good.”...

“Obviously, the curve is way different than from what I use,” he said. “It’s straighter – and the blade is shorter and the shaft is really stiff – but good for sauces and passes. Even receiving the puck from the boards, it was solid. It stays on your stick. When you’re trying to get a feel for the puck, the wood stick has a pretty good feel. You can really feel the puck. But obviously, the shot is less hard for sure.”

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