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 >
Nashville Predators goalie, Pekka Rinne, has his twig to thank after the stick performed an amazing save in overtime on Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers! But the most amazing part about it was that Rinne wasn’t actually holding the stick at the time.
Check out this incredible stick save on Shawn Horcoff‘s diving backhand shot:
The Predators defeated the Oilers in a shootout, 3-2, with Edmonton going 0-for-3 against Rinne.Tweet
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Embroidery is the art of decorating fabric or other materials with needle and thread or yarn. The basic techniques or stitches of the earliest workchain stitch, buttonhole or blanket stitch, running stitch, satin stitch, cross stitchremain the fundamental techniques of hand embroidery today.
Machine embroidery mimics hand embroidery, especially in the use of chain stitches, but the “satin stitch” and hemming stitches of machine work rely on the use of multiple threads and resemble hand work in their appearance, not their construction.
Advantages of Embroidery: Embroidered designs are a great way to add excellence and creativity to your uniform or jersey. Embroidery generally More >
So, you’re ready to order uniforms, but you’re not quite sure which type of customization you want? Between Sublimation, Tackle Twill, Heat Pressing, ScreenPrinting and Embroidery, it can get pretty confusing. In this next series, we will detail the differences between each type of customization to make your decision easier.
You may be asking… What exactly IS Sublimation? Sublimation is a traditional printing method in which a computer printer uses heat to transfer dye directly into the desired medium (jersey, shirt, hat…). Rather than weaving, embroidering or screen printing a design, sublimation applies the pigment directly into fabric in a vibrant More >
Still not sure about what type of customization is right for your team? Have you thought about Tackle Twill?
Tackle Twill, or applique, involves sewing down a number or letter made by cutting pieces of one material and applying them to the surface of another material usually with a nylon twill. Basically, tackle twill begins with a “patch” of sorts that is applied to the jersey, shirt, hat or other garment that is then sewn to the material for a more rugged finish.
Tackle Twill is the most popular for both professional sports teams and school athletic organizations. Look closely at your More >
Heat Pressing imprints a design or graphic directly onto the material, such as a jersey or t-shirt, using transfer paper and a heat press machine.This process uses the application of heat and pressure to ensure a proper transfer. The pattern is printed in sublimating ink on sublimating paper which allows the pattern to transfer.
Basically, a garment is placed in the machine and transfer paper with the design is placed face-down over the shirt. The heating unit is brought down over them for a prescribed time to print the image on the garment.
Advantages of Heat Pressing: Heat pressing can often work on More >
Screen printing (or Screenprinting) is a process in which a “screen” is made of a piece of porous, finely woven fabric called mesh stretched over a frame of aluminum or wood. Areas of the screen are blocked off with a non-permeable material to form a stencil, which is a negative of the image to be printed. The open spaces are where the ink will appear.
The screen is placed on top of the material and ink is placed on top of the screen to fill the mesh openings with ink. Using a fill bar, the mesh openings are filled with ink. More >
Hockey players are typically quite particular about their equipment. Watch a player at the hockey shop and he’ll grab a stick, bend it… tap it… inspect it. The perfect stick always makes itself known when he handles it for awhile. The perfect stick just feels right in his hands and flexes to the perfect arc.
So, we all know the Easton, Reebok, Bauer, CCM, Mission and Sherwood brands… but have you heard of Combat? Previously manufactured under the name Ballistik, Combat sticks may be new to many players. Most widely known for their exceptional baseball/softball bats and equipment, Combat has More >