Entries in Ice Hockey (36)

November 4, 2016 - Go Ahead. Make My Day

One of the things we don't do often enough is say thanks. Thanks to loved-ones, friends, and even complete strangers. And for those of us with kids who play sports, one of the most important "thank-you's" is reserved for those who coach our youngsters. 

And even if you do, as you should, take a moment at the end of the season to shake their and thank them for their efforts, how cool would it be to send them a card to let them know you really appreciate what they do? 

We know. Sounds like a hassle. And what kind of sappy card will you find at the store anyway. And you'll look like a putz sending it, right? Well not if you use Greeting Card Universe. Check out these cards for basketball coaches. They are classy, elegant, topical, appropriate and would make the day of any volunteer or professional coach. Amazingly, Greeting Card Universe will let you customize the inside of the card and mail it for you all for around five bucks - total. You can go online choose your card, order through their secure site and in less than two minutes you go on about your day knowing you're about to make someone else's. 

They have cards for soccer, football, baseball, cheerleading and 24 other sports...in other words, whichever sport your child plays. So there is no excuse, now that you know, to not show you care. It may seem like a small thing, but in today's world of texts and emails, getting a real card in the mail is all the more special. You can make it seem like you put in a lot of effort, without lifting more than a couple fingers. And for those coaches who really did put out a ton of effort, isn't that the least we can do?

Source: Greeting Card Universe

October 21, 2017 - Catching Cold

You're a high school baseball coach. You have a pitcher who has thrown close to 100 pitches in the fourth inning and it's time to take him out. He tips his cap to the appreciative crowd as he strides into the dugout, his day over. Now it's time for him to ice that shoulder and elbow to facilitate healing and prevent soreness and injury.

Except, wait. There's no ice. The field is so far away from the school no one thinks to bring a cooler full of ice to the diamond. Now, your pitcher must wait another few innings, maybe more if the game goes extras, and he has to stay around after the game to help rake the mound and do other field maintenance. By the time he gets home and ices his arm, (if he even does at all), its hours since he threw his first pitch.

But if you had the Pro Ice Shoulder/Elbow Cold Wrap in the dugout, he'd have the benefit of immediate icing, with no cooler, no water, no hassle.

Pro Ice is a proven, non-toxic pain reliver for acute injuries, It also is a great preventative for people who have overused their arms – like pitchers.

Simply place this reusable cold pack around the shoulder and elbow. The windowpane format will conform to the body and the compression straps will boost the benefits of the cold therapy unit. The single ice insert will maintain a consistent temperature for an hour. Coaches can keep it and other wraps in a convenient, freezer-friendly neoprene cooler and simply store it in their freezer at home or at the school, then grab it along on the way to the field before the game. The wrap stays cold, out of the way, and easy to access and wear.

Every coach, high school and college, baseball, basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, field hockey and nearly any others you can think of, needs Pro Ice. You'll use no water, no plastic wrap, you won't have to lug a cooler anywhere and, most importantly, you'll be sure to have ice available if there is an injury or any muscle stress. This is one cold, you'll want to catch.

Source: Upstart Sports

 

May 13, 2016 - The Race to the Summit

This week's product is not a physical good. It is not an online service. But it is top-of-the-line. And, though we think it is priceless, it comes free to anyone with cable television. It is the NHL. Specifically the NHL playoffs, of which we're in the midst.

What makes the NHL playoffs so special? First of all, winning it all in the National Hockey League is easily the most difficult accomplishment in the sports world. The grueling toll that series after series takes on the mind and body is why it is not only rare for teams to repeat, it is not uncommon for a team that wins one year to not even make the playoffs the next.

And these players are tough. Don't think fights. They rarely do that in the post season because no one wants to hurt his team by giving up a power play. But you'll see checks into the board that would lead football players to call for smelling salts. Butts of sticks to the mouth are simply a play-on. Defenders will gladly sacrifice their rib cages as they lay out fully extended to try and stop a puck at 100 plus miles an hour.

But what makes it truly magical is the play. Who can resist the way momentum swings from minute to minute, side to side like a crazy over-oiled pendulum rocking out of control. Shot on goal, blocked with a fantastic save and now the puck is headed the other way where seconds later the shot hits the post only to ricochet out to start another fast break the other way.

Oh, and there's Doc Emrick, easily the best announcer in any sport.

If you're not a hockey fan, we understand. If you don't have a team to root for because you don't follow the NHL, we get it. But we challenge you to tune in...there's still a ways to go this season...and watch a few periods. Watch a Game 6, or a Game 7. Check out overtime. We're guessing if you give it a chance you'll be hooked. "He shoots! He scores!"

Source: NHL

April 15, 2016 - The Power of Balance

Here's an innovative solution that came across our desk to an ages-old problem. And while we haven't actually tried this product out, (not a lot of ice-skating in Southern California), it makes perfect sense. 

Balance Blades are an ice skating solution designed to teach beginners how to skate and do so safely. The key is the blade. The front and back edges sport sharp indentations, kind of like a serrated knife, that will create traction when in contact with the ice surface. This provides two major benefits.

The back indentations prevent rear slip falls. What we've all seen happen to people on the rink is that the skates shoot forward faster than the body and the feet fly out from under the skater. The skater ends up on the ice with a sore rear-end, or worse. But the Balance Blade indentations will grab onto the ice, impeding that out-of-control motion, and allow the skater to stay upright. 

The toe indentations allow the skater to voluntarily engage the ice surface, to assist with basic skating skills such as standing up, standing in one spot, pushing off, propelling forward and changing direction. Think of it as the difference between walking on ice in ordinary tennis shoes or with traction cleats. 

And you may be wondering how you would ever wean a beginner off the safety of the Balance Blades. Some day you have to take off the training wheels, right? Well, they have that figured out too. Because over the course of a few years as you sharpen the skate blades normally, you'll also sharpen over the indentations, causing them to be less and less prominent, until they are virtually erased. Now, viola! You're skating on normal blades and no longer a beginner!

The Balance Blades are a terrific and reasonably-priced answer for parents who want to introduce their youngsters to hockey, figure-skating or just recreational fun on the ice. Because skating can be a ton of fun. Falling? Not so much.

Source: Balance Blades

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January 22, 1016 - Your Cup of Chowder

I'm not particularly a fan of any Boston teams. Though I did meet my wife in Boston and had the absolute best cup of clam chowder from a street vendor on a cold winter day. This is why it is no mystery to me that Bostonians refer to themselves as "Chowderheads".

So with the AFC Championship Game this weekend, we thought we'd give some props to a city that doesn't need them. The Patriots will be playing in this game for an incredible fifth straight year. If you're a Pats, Celtics, Bruins or Red Sox fan, we found the site that has everything imaginable to display your pride.

Chowdaheadz has been around for over 12 years serving the fervant New England fan base with T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, signs, stickers, bar items...basically anything and everything you can imagine from logoed items to unique creations. This isn't just a place to get a T-Shirt reading "Celtics". Humorous wearables are their forte, but there's enough for everyone.

Need a Boston Red Sox Snuggie Blanket? No problem. How about a New England Patriots nightlLight or Boston Celtics flameless candle. There's the Boston Lobster Stuffed Fanimal and Shirt.  And to make sure the baby is indocrinated properly from day one, the Charlie Chowdahead doll or the Born Into It Infant Bib 4 Pack show above.

Sports fans are nutty. Boston fans might be the nuttiest of all. You can slake your thirst for that fanaticism at Chowdaheadz. Don't be surprised if you can order a good cup of soup from them soon.

Source: Chowdaheadz

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