Archive for February, 2011
Wednesday night’s game between the Colorado Avalance and Edmonton Oilers was bloody… both literally and figuratively.
Bleeding badly from a cut sustained when Taylor Hall‘s skate sliced his face in the first period, Avalanche defenceman Ryan O’Byrne managed to skate off the ice on his own. Hall tried to jump past the defender behind the Colorado net. O’Byrne was escorted into the locker room for initial examination and treatment before being taken to a nearby hospital. He suffered facial lacerations and didn’t return. “They had to take him and get him sewn up,” Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said. “Any time a skate More >
T-Blades are an alternative to regular steel blades. They are sold on top-end hockey skates such as CCM’s Vectors and Pro Tacks and Graf Skates or can be installed onto any skate boot. T-Blades are primarily plastic and only contain a small amount of steel. This design makes the skate blades much lighter (30% lighter). T-Blades also stay sharper much longer (reportedly up to 4-5 times longer) than a traditional skate blade.
T-Blades are louder and have a bit of a scratchy sound when cutting into the ice. The blades are sold pre-sharpened and some believe that the harder the steel More >
A look at some of the upcoming rule changes along with the new Illegal Hits to the Head rule and other points of emphasis this season.
I. ILLEGAL CHECK TO THE HEAD (48.1) A lateral or blindside hit to an opponenet where the head is targeted and/or the principal point of contact is not permitted.
48.2 MINOR PENALTY There is no provision for a minor penalty for this [48.1] rule.
In violation of an illegal check to the head, an automatic game misconduct and major or match penalty shall be given. A player will also face possible supplimentary discipline.
48.3 MAJOR PENALTY For a More >