99th location opens in a GREAT city…

 

Since the inception of Integral Hockey in 2010, we’ve saved tens of thousands of sticks from ending up in landfills, and have put them back onto the ice where they belong.  Not only has our revolutionary patented process helped many hockey players, but it’s also provided business opportunities for people with a passion for hockey.  Franchisee/distributor locations have rapidly grown all across North America, and we’re proud to announce the opening of our 99th location!

But why is the 99th location such a milestone for us?  It happens to be in the home of the Great One, Wayne Gretzky, in Brantford, Ontario.  Hockey stick technology has dramatically changed since Wayne’s playing days.  Wooden sticks were popular when Gretzky emerged into the NHL in 1979-80, which were basically trees shaved down and painted for aesthetics.

 

 

 

Yes, sticks have definitely changed during his years.  From the days of the wooden stick…

… to when Gretzky sported the Easton Aluminum (that craze didn’t last long) …

…to his final season with the Rangers, playing with a two-piece Hespler.

 

Gretzky has contributed so much to the game of hockey, which is why we are so proud to open Integral Hockey’s 99th location in his hometown of Brantford, Ontario.  This is an exciting time for us!  Wayne (if you’re reading this), next time you break a stick, you know where to go to get it repaired.  You’re always welcome to stop by!

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Back to school means back to HOCKEY!

Sorry kids, summer is over and you’re probably just getting used to your daily school routine.  Take the good with the bad – not only does this time of year mark the beginning of school, but it’s also when hockey seasons start up.  There’s something so majestical about the start of the minor hockey seasons; breaking in new equipment, walking to the arena in shorts while the warm weather is still around, hanging out with all of your old hockey buddies again.  There truly is a buzz in the air for young hockey players.

 

At Integral Hockey, we get to see the excitement of minor hockey players on a first-hand basis when they get a stick that used to belong to one of their favourite pros.  At the same time their parents are just as excited, having saved about 70% on our refurbished composite sticks VS buying one brand new.

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I honestly couldn’t believe that it was refurbished.  The weight and response felt identical to the sticks that I used to use towards the end of my career, it was amazing.  I definitely recommend using sticks from Integral Hockey.”

Shayne Corson

 

 

So kids, do not be discouraged by “back to school”.  Back to school really means “back to hockey!”.

Ovechkin seems excited…

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Integral Hockey Stick Repair’s 99th location goes to the home of “The Great One”

For Immediate Release:

 

Integral Hockey offers the most technologically advanced composite hockey stick repair system on the market at a substantial cost savings and in an environmentally friendly way.

Call it fate or the stars aligning, but sometimes a perfect situation presents itself that is too good to pass up. That’s exactly what happened for Integral Hockey franchise owner Jason Waite when the opportunity to purchase the company’s 99th location became available. wayne gretzky brantford

“With the ever growing popularity of Integral Hockey and the significance of the franchise number and the city I had to jump on board,” Waite explained. “This had to stay north of the border. Integral Hockey’s official 99th location in Brantford, Ontario, home of ‘The Great One’ Wayne Gretzky…it had to be there.”

Franchisees are passionate about Integral Hockey both in Canada and the United States. The organization’s mission is to help make playing hockey affordable for players of any age through the repair of composite sticks instead of having to purchase an expensive new one.

The superior quality comes from Integral Hockey utilizing composite aerospace technology where there is no noticeable difference between a repaired and brand new stick. Integral Hockey is the only company offering a completely hollow repair and a “Lifetime Warranty” on all sticks at the repair zone, including refurbished stick sales. If cost and reliability wasn’t enough, the company also helps the environment by keeping non-biodegradable broken composite sticks out of landfills.

To date, Integral Hockey has recycled and repaired over 55,000 hockey sticks. This has saved players, parents and teams over 10-million dollars on the cost of these sticks. “It is our belief that if we can do our part to help reduce the cost of hockey then generically that should help increase registration numbers. And isn’t that what we all want to see?” stated Integral Hockey Stick Repair founder, Randy Langille.

Those reasons plus the Gretzky connection in the area has Waite excited to open his second Integral Hockey location. “The Gretzky family ARE hockey and have supported minor hockey from the get go. We enable more players to get involved in the game and use state of the art sticks, but at a reasonable price.”

However, ‘The Great One’ isn’t the only person with a strong hockey connection in Brantford.

“I actually began coaching hockey in 1992 and the first team I was involved with as a goalie coach was a Brantford AA team,” Waite said. Being involved within the community is an important part of what Integral Hockey is all about.

The combination of Jason Waite as owner in Gretzky’s hometown and having it all tied together with his iconic #99 as the new franchise number, makes this a marriage that is meant to be.

 

For general information visit www.integralhockey.com. Or email randy@integralhockey.com For repair inquiries or to purchase a refurbished stick in the Brantford area please call Jason at 905-638-5389 or email jwaite@integralhockey.com.

 

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Philling the Stanley Cup with hot dogs

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A man who has grown to be one of the most lovable characters in the NHL, Phil Kessel, spent his day with Lord Stanley on the golf course… and had the Cup filled with HOT DOGS!

Hotdogs taste better out of The Cup! #twotime #statestreetbrats

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He stole our hearts last year by coming through on a promise to bring the Stanley Cup back to his former home of Toronto to share the moment with his friends at Sick Kids Hospital.  This year, he brought smiles to our faces by doing something that only Phil Kessel could get away with, and that’s filling the Stanley Cup with hot dogs.

 

Phil was chased out of Toronto for his supposed lack of work ethic.  He left behind many great sound bites, and has created even more with Pittsburgh.  In light of this photo, keep an eye out for a Top 10 Phil Kessel blog in the future… this guy’s character is too good to pass up on!

 

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Soap hockey is the best summer invention of 2017

Haven’t heard of soap hockey yet?  That’s okay, because it appears to be a brand new thing.  If you love hot summer days, sore tailbones, mild concussions, and hours of hilarity, then this sport is for you!  (Yes, we know that’s a very unusual combination of things to “love”).

Whoever invented this sport deserves a spot in the backyard barbecue hall of fame.

 

Possibly inspired by Dennis Wideman?

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Funny – Taylor Crosby’s bio makes Sidney seem like an afterthought

Taylor Crosby may not be as accomplished in hockey as her older brother Sid, yet, but the junior goalie for the St Cloud State University Huskies made headlines this past week because of her college athletic bio.

 

 

 

The bio reads, “Daughter of Troy and Trina Crosby of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia…Older brother Sidney also plays hockey”.

Seems like a bit of an understatement…

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1st overall worst picks in recent NHL history

Hockey fans had their eyes on the young guns of the hockey world on June 23, 2017, for the annual NHL Entry Draft.  One of the most anticipated build-ups of the hockey season is finding out which player will be the top selected player in the draft, and unlike in past years, this years draft did not have a consensus projected #1 overall pick.  Nolan Patrick or Nico Hischier was the big question of the night, and ultimately Hischier came out on top.  The pride of being selected first overall is now over, and players look forward to the next chapter of their career which will be to crack a roster spot with their respective teams.

Pressure is on.  Inspired by the draft, today we will be looking at the worst first overall picks in recent NHL history.

 

  1. Patrik Stefan
    You may be asking yourself “who?”.  The 1999 first overall pick by the Atlanta Thrashers had one of the most infamous plays in NHL history.  Once you see the video, you’ll know who he is…
  2. Alexandre Daigle
    Daigle was selected first overall in 1992 by the Ottawa Senators, and he actually had a decent NHL career (616 games played, 327 points).  His career was cursed by his, hmm, not so well thought-out quote after being chosen by Ottawa, “I’m glad I got drafted first, because no one remembers no. 2”.  Since we know you’re wondering, Chris Pronger was selected second overall that year.
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  3. Rick DiPietro
    First overall selection by the New York Islanders in 2000, DiPietro’s career was plagued with injury.  From his knee, to hip, to groin, and even having dealt with concussion issues, DiPietro was a total band-aid.  Salt in the wounds – Islanders traded Luongo because they thought DiPietro was the starting goalie of their future.  More salt in the wounds – in 2006, Islanders signed DiPietro to a 15-year deal worth $67.5 million; Islanders bought him out in 2013 and will be paying him $1.5 million per year (not against the cap) until 2029.

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    DiPietro’s career is summarized in this one photo

  4. Nail Yakupov
    Jury is still out on this one, but the evidence in his case isn’t very strong.  Yakupov was a flashy forward with the Sarnia Sting of the OHL, and showed promise of having Pavel Bure-like skills.  Things haven’t gone as planned for Yakupov, as he was traded away from Edmonton (the team that drafted him) to St Louis, where he only dressed for 40 games.  St Louis let him go to free agency and he ended up signing with Colorado, a 1-year deal worth $875,000.

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Are the Penguins officially a dynasty? Crosby cements his legacy.

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Is it fair to call the Pittsburgh Penguins a dynasty now?  The 2017 Stanley Cup champions, Pittsburgh Penguins, defeated the Nashville Predators 2-0 at Bridgestone Arena to claim their 3rd Stanley Cup in the past 8 seasons (2017, 2016, 2009).  All three Stanley Cups have been won with core players Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury, Kris Letang, and Chris Kunitz.  There have been other star players that have had major impacts in each Stanley Cup run, but these five players have been through it all.  “Dynasty” is typically a term that generates debate due to its subjective nature and its definition is a matter of opinion. Given the success of the Penguins this past decade, it may silence those critics who feel the word ‘dynasty’ is solely reserved for past great teams such as the Canadiens, Oilers and Islanders.

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Sidney Crosby took home his second Conn Smythe Trophy.  For all of you Crosby-haters out there, some of whom have written him off as “too concussion-prone” to ever be effective in the NHL again, let’s take a look at his accolades from the past year:

Gold Medal at World Cup of Hockey
Rocket Richard Trophy winner (44 goals)
Hart Trophy nominee
Conn Smythe
Stanley Cup

…not to mention a similar looking 2016 finale.  So where does that put him on the all-time greats list?  Does he deserve to be in the company of Gretzky, Lemieux, Orr, Howe, Richard, or even atop that list?

This was a long time coming for Crosby, and it seems as though there is still more to come.

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Erie Otters goalie throws stick at cameraman – Memorial Cup takeaways

Switching gears to major junior hockey.  Sunday night, Windsor Spitfires defeated Erie Otters 4-3 in the Memorial Cup finals.  This years Memorial Cup tournament brought to light many interesting points that are worthy of discussion.  First of all, the level of talent in the Memorial Cup is, was, and always will be incredible.  Don’t be surprised to see tournament point leaders and teammates Dylan Strome, Alex DeBrincat, and Taylor Raddysh all playing at the pro level next season, among others.

Every season we see handfuls of Memorial Cup players participate in their final junior hockey game before leaping to the NHL.  After all, they’re the best of the best, right?  Dylan Strome disagrees, and he may have a point…

 

Is it really fair that Windsor was beaten out in the first round of the OHL playoffs then still ended up in the Memorial Cup finals?  Ultimately, Windsor won the tournament and were crowned champions.

 

Now for the real reason you’re here…  Troy Timpano loses his cool after the loss and launches his stick at the cameraman.

He later took to Twitter to apologize. We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt that his stick was broken and he was trying to throw it in the direction of the closest Integral Hockey franchisee/distributor… stranger things have happened.

 

 

 

2017 Memorial Cup Champions: Windsor Spitfires

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Ughh… awkward hockey moments. Which is the worst?

Connor McDavid was spotted at the airport and a couple of fans wanted a photo.  McDavid, being the class-act that he is, couldn’t say no.  In the midst of a tough series and right after a long flight, McDavid posed with a fake smile and two fans clinging to him.  The result… awwkwaaaaaarrrd.

 

 

Hockey gives us moments to cheer, laugh, smile, and cry about.  Today we’ll look at the humouros side of hockey and source some of the most cringe-worthy (and laughable) moments ever.

 

  1. Phil Kessel’s bad breath

He showed up to his pranked locker the next day, full of mouth wash, toothpaste, and floss.  You’re breath is just fine, Phil!

 

 

2. Philadelphia selects… uh, I forget… oh, Claude Giroux

 

3. Clothesline.  We’ve watched this one about a thousand times now… surprised his stick didn’t break!

 

4. Adding injury to insult.  This is painful to watch, even though you’ll probably watch it more than once.

 

 

5. Bernier has no idea who Nelson Mandela is…

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“Well obviously growing up, he’s one of the most known athletes in the world. A lot of impact in any kind of sport that he did, and even playing hockey, everyone knows him, right? From being the type of person that he was off the ice and on the ice. It’s unfortunate that he passed a year ago, but, he changed a lot while he was with us, and he’s a tremendous guy.”

 

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