October 15th, 2007, 08:20 AM #1
"Therma-Blade" skates getting test by NHL/NHLPA
TORONTO, Oct. 15 /CNW/ -
WHAT Canadian skate blade maker Therma Blade Inc. is giving the media
its first up-close look at the revolutionary new Thermablade
heated skate blade that today received consent for limited testing
by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League
Players' Association. About eight to 10 NHL players will begin
using Thermablade during upcoming games and practices. The NHL and
NHLPA will use the testing phase to evaluate Thermablade's
potential for use in NHL competition on a broader scale.
Media are invited to meet Therma Blade Inc. executives - including
the heated blade's inventor - on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007 at the
Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto during the official North American
launch of skate technology that also has the backing of hockey
legend Wayne Gretzky.
An early prototype of this Canadian invention will also be
presented to the Hockey Hall of Fame to celebrate the evolution of
Please contact Shane Matte at 416.422.7185
or Mark Nusca at 416.422.7179 to RSVP.
WHO Heated blade inventor Tory Weber, Therma Blade President Patrick
Francey, Francois Whittom Director Product Development, and Team
WHEN Tuesday, October 16, 2007
10:30 to 11 a.m. Registration
11 to 12 p.m. Media Conference/Q&A/Photo Opportunity
12 to 2 p.m. One-on-one Interview Opportunity & Reception
WHERE Hockey Hall of Fame
Brookfield Place (formerly BCE Place)
30 Yonge Street, Toronto
(Enter via Brookfield Place. Hockey Hall of Fame is located in
lower concourse level at southeast corner of building.)
ABOUT THERMA BLADE INC.
Canadian skate blade maker Therma Blade Inc. is a Quebec-based
manufacturer of heated skate blade technology that was invented by Alberta
resident Tory Weber. Therma Blade is a technologically advanced skate blade
that uses battery powered electrical energy to slightly heat the skate blade,
thereby increasing the layer of water between the blade and the ice surface
and reducing friction at the ice surface. Therma Blade has several proven
physiological and performance benefits for hockey players, including a
dramatic reduction in gliding friction and starting resistance, an overall
increase in stamina and an overall decrease in fatigue. More information on
the product is available online at www.thermablade.com.
October 15th, 2007, 12:14 PM #2
I'm imagine they'll do extensive testing, spend lots of time and money doing research and development, give the ok to use it, produce skates for all the players league wide, promote how it's technologically advanced, give specifications as to how they're better, promote the hell out of it, and it turns out to be a colossal failure.
October 15th, 2007, 03:57 PM #3
it's gonna melt the ice and players will be skating on cement by the end of the game! hahaha...we'll see if these are the next coming of the t-blades.
October 16th, 2007, 02:59 PM #4
Battery + Melted Ice = An Electrifying Event.
October 16th, 2007, 03:01 PM #5
Originally Posted by Bogey Man
sounds like the new jerseys.
October 17th, 2007, 05:33 AM #6
so wait... why is a hot blade good for gliding friction but pucks have to be frozen?
is it the moderately warmer pucks that are a problem? how about heated pucks to 41 degrees?
October 17th, 2007, 06:37 AM #7
The pucks are kept frozen to reduce the amount of bounce.
October 17th, 2007, 02:39 PM #8
The pucks are also frozen to slide faster.
Don't think these new blades will be so freakin hot they will melt the ice. I actually like the idea. Give me a couple of these.
October 17th, 2007, 04:22 PM #9
the blades will stay at a constant 41degrees apparently
Originally Posted by Vito
October 17th, 2007, 07:33 PM #10
They have sensors that detect when you're not on the ice and turn the heating element off to conserve battery power. I wonder how many batteries you have to use to get through 90 minutes of stick time?
Originally Posted by imamonsta
It sounds like a great "Lookee here at us!!!!" marketing ploy, but it can not improve reliability and it can not come in at a lower cost (they're still gonna make the boots quasi-disposable like Bauer Vapors).
"$250 (and rising) sticks? $500 (and rising) skates? ..... Pass.
Hey, junior, let's go check out soccer."
-- potential hockey dads everywhere