Bauer unveils protective masks for hockey players

Bauer Hockey has announced a new line of face-shield products with the aim of keeping players safe in the event when hockey returns to the ice this autumn.

The company, which earlier this spring started producing medical-grade face shields for front-line workers, is taking what it learned from that endeavor and applying it back to hockey, with particularly-designed shields for players, coaches and fans, according to a news release on Wednesday, June 17.

It is hoped that the new products can spur forward the sport’s return which, given the difficulties of physical-distancing in a contact sport, has encountered some challenges other sports haven’t had to deal with.

The on-ice shield for players is named the Bauer Concept 3 Splash Guard, which is the same to the traditional helmet shield, are designed to enhance coverage around the maintain and mouth a high level of vision and breathability.

The Concept 3 guard is hoped to be available in stores by August.

Craig Desjardins, vice president of product for Bauer Hockey said that it was a natural pivot for their team to shift from protecting players to staff members of the medical community amid the crisis, and now they were looking to continue our mission of protection as communities re-open and sports return.

Bauer also announced two new products that were designed for those in the stands – the Integrated Cap Shield attaching to a hat and a reversible fabric mask.

Bauer has partnered with Canlan Ice Sports, which operates sports facilities across the country, and all three new products will be utilized by Canlan’s staff, the release noted.

At the same time professional hockey has its own set of challenges since it aims to return to the ice, Vancouver has been floated as a possible hub city for the return of the NHL, it is unlikely to affect minor hockey’s return.

Best of current crop of NHL Networks (Part 1)

In this article, let us list out the best NHL hockey players

10. Braden Holtby, G, Washington Capitals

Holtby contributed to win at least 41 games over each of the past three seasons and was 131-42-23 in that span. He got the Vezina Trophy in 2015-16, when he defeated Martin Brodeur for the NHL record with 48 wins (48-9-7) and had a result of a .922 save percentage, 2.20 goals-against average, and three shutouts. He then recorded 42-13-6 with a 2.07 GAA, a .925 save percentage and a League-high nine shutouts, and ended up second in Vezina voting.

He means everything to the Capitals, thank to his calm, cool, and collected. He’s exactly what you would expect from a goaltender. The 28-year-old achieved the NHL First All-Star Team in 2015-16 and the Second All-Star Team last season and at least 63 starts each of the past three seasons, one of which is 72 in 2014-15. Holtby leads the League to many wins (177) since the 2012-13 season.

9. Nikita Kucherov, RW, Tampa Bay Lightning

Kucherov, 24, had NHL career highs in goals record (40, tied for the second place in the League), assists (45), points (85, tied for fifth place), power-play goals (17, tied for first place), power-play points (32, third place), game-winning goals (seven place), shots on goal (246) and penalty minutes (38) over last season.

He was tremendous, particularly during competition in March [with] 22 points … 21 goals after the All-Star break, when it mattered most, as the team was trying to make a push for the playoffs, He was the guy that stepped up and he is recognized as the only player not on a playoff team.

He had over 29 goals, assists 36 goals and 65 points over each of the past three seasons. Kucherov has 234 points (108 goals, 126 points) and is plus-63 in 285 NHL events, and has 42 points (22 goals, assists 20 goals) in 45 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

ICE HOCKEY VS. BASKETBALL: THE COMPLETE COMPARISON (PART 2)

Time Parameters

One of the biggest factors to consider which sport to play is the timing. While the timing can be applied to anywhere within an hour, most professional and amateur players have set timings for the games.

In basketball, the match lasts around 48 minutes, divided into four games of 12-minute periods. Between the periods, there is a total 15-minute short break. Professional leagues such as the NBA and NWBL and many amateur leagues apply the time parameters mentioned above. However, due to stoppages include fouls and out-of-bounds, the game may last up to approximately 2.5 hours. High school basketball matches usually last up to 1.5 hours.

The same cannot be applied to ice hockey. While the actual play time is 60 minutes, two 15-minute breaks and multiple stoppages for score counting and umpiring increase the length of the game to up to 2 hours. The game is divided into three 20-minute intervals, with two breaks in between.

Most leagues typically organize this game anywhere between September and April. However, the joy of ice skating can still be enjoyed even in the summertime.

Difficulty

Although comprehending the rules can be easy, actually playing the game is a lot more difficult. In this aspect, we find basketball is easier, though both have their challenges.

In basketball, the players may or may not wear special knee and elbow pads for protection. Tripping in the court is a bit uncommon, as the game is usually played by hands. But some players prefer to get extra safety measures. The game itself is pretty easy with every player run while holding a ball in their hands, trying to throw in opponents’ goal. But that doesn’t mean that the game doesn’t need strategy and hard work. Still, we agree that basketball is a bit less challenging.

ICE HOCKEY VS. BASKETBALL: THE COMPLETE COMPARISON (PART 1)

If you have spent most of your childhood outdoors, you’ll understand that selecting the right sports to play is an art of its own. Should you choose to embark on playing football, basketball, hockey, table tennis, or have a decent game of chess? The question is just hard to answer.

Ice hockey and skating are excellent winter sports that can become a habit, even when winter has ended. But what happens when you have to select between hockey and basketball?

Whether it’s for taking part in a professional league or spending time with your friends, the question always comes down to which one is better. Normally, people would prefer basketball as the game is more popular and people are more familiar with the concepts. But they completely miss out on the excitement in playing ice hockey. So we’re here to lay down the basics on pros and cons of both sport.

Easy To Understand Rules

The first and most important thing about any sport is how to play it. While many children have had the liberty to play basketball at school, some children are left out. Which is why learning to play a new sport can be really hard.

In basketball, there are ten main basic rules that every player must follow. Besides, there are hundreds of complementary subsections and articles about rules of the game which can be pretty hard to grasp.

Nevertheless, they can easily be understood through careful reading and practice. The main goal of the game is to put the ball into the basket as many times as possible during 30 minutes of the match. It is critical to make sure that the ball is held within the hands.

Regarding ice hockey, the main goal is to shoot the puck past the goal line. The game usually lasts approximately 60 minutes, divided into 20-minute periods. Different from basketball, physically pushing and touching the opponent players is allowed to some extent in hockey.

In fact, both the sports are easy to understand and the level of complexity is the same.

From hockey to football: The history of pressing

Everyone talks about pressing, from embarrassing commentators on television to bastards at pubs. But what is pressing, how does it work and who is the first to use it?

In 1934, a hockey coach named Thomas Patrick Gorman – or more briefly Tommy Gorman – came up with an idea. Until that time, hockey teams were playing with their instincts when there was no ball: backing down to defend the goal from an opponent’s attack. Gorman wondered what would happen if he did it the opposite way, when they put up and put pressure on the opponent to deploy attacks from the first steps?

The coach named Thomas Patrick Gorman – or more briefly Tommy Gorman – came up with an idea. Until that time, hockey teams were playing with their instincts when there was no ball: backing down to defend the goal from an opponent’s attack. Gorman wondered what would happen if he did it the opposite way, when they put up and put pressure on the opponent to deploy attacks from the first steps?

Klopp Pochettino - Squawka

Gorman directs the strikers to put maximum pressure on the opposing players who are deploying the ball. One approaches the player who holds the ball near the opponent’s goal, others block the pass. Gorman also asked the defenders to block in the middle to cut the pass quickly or block the opponent if the puck crosses the striker.

Gorman’s students puzzledly scratched their heads, because it was like suicide. If one of them failed to complete the task, the opponent would have a large gap in front of them. And even when everyone is good at their duties, a group of wise and technical defenders can completely get out of the noose with a series of quick passes.

We have no idea how Gorman has convinced his team. Perhaps he told them that wise and technical players don’t want to be defenders. It took some time for his hockey team to get used to the new tactic. They lost four of the first five matches. But then what must have come. Gorman’s team turned into a machine.

Eight decades later, Gorman’s reform in hockey in North America was mentioned by all English football, although not by the name of “forechecking”. What people talk about today is called “pressing.”

The reason this tactic is so prevalent: Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp are using it to make a big impact at Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, and they both love talking about it.

Interesting facts of Hockey

Stanley’s original Cup was given to winner until 1970, and is now displayed in the Vault Room at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Canada.

In 1963, the “Presentation Cup” was created and is the famous trophy awarded today. The replica of the Presentation Cup was designed in 1993, is the third cup and is used as a stand-in at the Hall of Fame when the Presentation Cup is vacant.

It’s one of a kind.

Different from other major league sports trophies when a new Cup is made every year. With hockey there isn’t a new Cup made every year, instead, after each championship, the names of the players, coaches, management team, and staff of the winning team are written to the Cup. The first team to have their name written inner bowl of the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup was the 1906-07 Montreal Wanderers. The only other team names appeared on the inner bowl are the 1914-15 Vancouver Millionaires.

It’s always changing

More and more teams wished to be immortalized, so the final decision was made that put a separate ring underneath the original Cup in which each new winning roster would be written on. Between 1927 and 1947, a new, more streamlined and vertical incarnation version of the Cup called Stovepipe Cup was used. The name was given due to its cylindrical shape. However, by 1948, the trophy became too tall and big to hold or even put on exhibition, so the shape was altered to the tiered version used currently.

Its rings are detachable.

Since 1958, five bands of championship names are written around the base of the Cup. When the rings were full, the oldest team is removed and written in Lord Stanley’s Vault at the Great Esso Hall in the Hockey Hall of Fame. A blank replacement band was then placed in its position to be filled with the new names of the following champions. No championship team names during the 1928-29 to the 1953-54 season are currently written on the Cup.

Interesting facts of ice hockey (Part 3)

The original Stanley Cup was initially over 20 cm high with names of winning team players written on the base of the cup. That’s why there was a need for lot bigger cup, making the current base approximately 80 cm high.
The team who has won Stanley Cups the most is Montreal Canadians with 23 Stanley Cups. The second team is Toronto Maple Leafs with only 13 cups. Until 1959, goalie doesn’t wear any face mask for the protection until flying puck broke the nose of the goalie of Montreal Canadians, Jacques Plante. Since then; he began to wear the mask and made it as a tradition. Nowadays the face mask become a vital part of goalies uniform.
Two ice hockey players who are believed to be the greatest of all time – Mario Lemieux and Patrick Roy were born on the same day despite their birthplaces were situated about 200 km apart. Such an odd coincidence.
There are twelve woman name written on the Stanley Cup, but none of them were players but team owners and executives.

The Stanley Cup is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, Canada. He was the 1892 Governor General who purchased the decorative cup in London then donated it to award Canada’s top amateur hockey club. Thanks to this action, he and his family became infatuated with the sport at Montreal’s Winter Carnival. The cup was first awarded to the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association in 1893.

How to Prolong the Life of Your Hockey Gear

With the holidays are coming, new hockey equipment is a must-have on many players’ gift lists. Although it is great to test brand new hockey gear, it’s even better to keep it “new” as long as possible. So, we’ve gathered some tips and tricks to keep your hockey gear in the best possible shape…

Dry the Funky Gear

Hockey players understand that, after a competition or practice, hockey equipment get sweaty, damp and smelly. Leaving the gear wet in a hockey bag would ruin then as it never really dries out properly allowing bacteria to grow and  damage the equipment as well as expose players to skin infections and rashes.

So, try to dry the gear after every game simply by laying out the gear or, investing in a hockey equipment drying rack or even building your own with some plastic pipe. Learn How to Make a Hockey Gear Stand on YouTube. If you want to speed up the process, add a fan or dehumidifier.

Cleaning and Deodorizing Your Hockey Equipment

Pro Hockey Players have cleaning systems that really do a great job of reducing bacteria and odour. If you are playing a few times a week, it is best to invest in a cleaning treatment. In case you don’t play often, get in the habit of doing a deep clean twice a season.

In between cleaning treatments, use a deodorizing spray to kill the bacteria.

Don’t Let Your Hockey Skates Lose Their Edge

Hockey skates are one of the most expensive and hard to preserve equipment so it’s critical to protect them with proper skate maintenance kit as it require careful maintenance to ensure maximum performance. A skate sharpening facility will make sure you get the right cut.

Now you know how to protect your gear without much effort and big investment. We hope you enjoy diving in the world of hockey playing.

Best Ice Hockey Leagues (part 3)

5.) Czech Extraliga (Tipsport Extraliga)

The Czech Extraliga is one of the most fierceful professional ice hockey leagues in Europe and is currently rated by the IIHF as the third strongest and popular ice hockey league in Europe. The league was also established in 1993 and the Czech’s have a lot to offer for in terms of talent contributed to the NHL.

Players from the Czech Republic work their way to the NHL every year and many of those players have had opportunity at playing in the Czech Extraliga. There are currently 50-plus Czech players in the National Hockey League including Thomas Hertl, Vladimir Sobotka and Pavel Zacha playing for NHL rosters, it is obvious that the Czech Republic and the Czech Extraliga is home for nurturing talented all-around hockey players.

4.) SM-liiga

Finland’s top professional ice-hockey league is SM-liiga, and considered by the IIHF as the second popular league in Europe. Hockey’s popularity in Finland has rapidly growth at the international level with viewership, support, and the level of hockey play. In the 2014 Olympic games in Soichi, Russia, Finland won the bronze medal, defeated the US squad with the final result 5-0.

The SM-liiga has been growing since it took over hockey responsibilities in Finland from the SM-sarja in 1975 by churning out NHL-caliber talent. The Finnish league is consists of 14 teams that compete for one of ten playoff position in a span of 60 regular season games, with the best six teams entering the quarter-final stage. The Czech Extraliga and SM-liiga use the same format as the 7th-10th teams compete with each other for an opportunity to compete with one of the 6 quarter-final contestants.

The SM-liiga also contributes a considerable number of stars players to the NHL and some of Finland’s most highly talents such as Mikael Granlund and Teemu Pulkkinen. Talented NHLers such as Aleksander Barkov, Sami Vatanen and Rasmus Ristolainen are all nurtured by the SM-liiga and the future of the league is as bright as ever since it keeps nurturing such amazing stars.

Best Ice Hockey Leagues (Part 3)

Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL)

The DEL was established in 1994-1995 and was consisted of teams from the Ice Hockey Bundesliga’s first and second division. In the early day, the league received controversies as many teams were heavily in debt and some clubs were required to fold. Furthermore, rulings by the European Court of Justice allowed players to move quite frequently between teams and attendance numbers declined sharply at the turn of the new millennium.

However, the league regained its popularity as it got an influx of NHL players during the 2004-2005 and re-applied the use of the relegation system to put more emphasis on plays in the second division of the Ice Hockey’s Bundesliga. Since the 2001-2002 season, championship play has been under controlled by Eisbaren Berlin as they achieved 5 championships in 10 years. In recent years, the EHC Red Bull Munchen have fought their way to the top of the league, achieving three straight championships.

While the DEL is still working on marking its footprint in the hockey landscape, it’s difficult not to like German hockey. As we found in their unexpected turn to the Silver Medal in the 2018 Olympics, Germany is developing a strong and passionate fan base with the ability of competing with the best teams in the world.

National League A (NLA)

The National League A (NLA) is based in Switzerland It is the top tier of the Swiss hockey league, with the best attendance figures for European hockey clubs in 2016-17, thanks to its spacious (17,131 capacity) stadium with the capacity of averaged 16,399 spectators each game.

The NLA has 12 teams that make up a total of 50 games in a season, after which the top eight teams are selected for the playoffs. The bottom four teams are set into a consolation bracket of sorts and the leading team from the National League B is given an opportunity to vie for NLA inclusion.