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Synthetic Ice will reveal weaknesses in your skate maintenance and player development.

Posted by Dean Sprung on

A couple of years ago, I had invited someone to test our synthetic ice for a rink they were planning to build.  The gentlemen arrived with a pair of vintage circa 1960s skates complete with rusted blades.   I thought about calling the Hockey Hall of Fame to see if they were missing a pair.  He informed me that he has not skated in a few years and proceeded to take a spin on my demo rink.  After 20 minutes of striding and turning, he told me he didn't like it.  It's not the same as skating.   In contrast, I...

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In the Shadow of Victory.

Posted by Dean Sprung on

I've played and coached hockey and have been on the winning side and the losing side.  Losing is great character building.  It tests your passion, perseverance, and determination.  Too many wins hides a team's inner weakness and they become easy prey for other teams climbing in the standings. One of my son's team had a respectable season last year.  They won the Silver Stick Championship, finished in first place in their league and made it to the semi-finals in their playoff rounds.  Like any other AA rep team, many of the players will make an attempt to get on a AAA...

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The 1 Minute Penalty.

Posted by Dean Sprung on

I'm old enough now to remember when CBC television broadcasts of NHL games would show the amount of time remaining in a penalty.  For years now, all network broadcasts have turned that negative into a positive by showing the time remaining in the power play.  It's marketing for the 'man advantage' or 'player advantage' to be gender correct.  It's the thrill and skill of watching your team move the puck around for up to 2 minutes to create scoring chances. That makes power plays exciting.  On the defending side, it's the desperation of the PK to stop a PK from scoring. That...

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