These days, hockey is an extremely expensive sport. Prices for your hockey sticks can easily exceed $300 each, let alone all your other gear, registration, tournament fees, and hotels. That’s why every year at Integral Hockey, we sponsor six players to help soften the blow for their families on the ever increasing cost of sticks for one season. We picked three American players and three Canadian players to have access to 10 refurbished at no cost.
Out of the hundreds of people who entered the contest, we had a difficult time deciding on who to sponsor this year, but we boiled it down to 6 very deserving candidates (Although we wish we could sponsor everyone who signed up!), from Peachland, and Nanaimo in British Columbia. , Saline in Michigan, Forest lake in Minnesota, Hammonton in New Jersey, and Winnipeg!
The winners of the sponsorship contest have the opportunity to claim up to 10 Integral Hockey refurbished twigs, for this season as well as some Howies swag.
Congratulations to all the winners, this year. We hope that our refurbished sticks help with your stick budget this season.
Here’s Integral Hockey’s 2018/2019 Sponsorship winners!
One of the scariest parts of Halloween is breaking your out-of-warranty $300 hockey stick. But fear no more, because we can bring that spooky stick back to life. You may think that a repaired stick would look like a mummy from a horror film, but our repairs are clean and have no noticeable difference in the weight, flex, and feel of the stick prior to breaking.
You’ve heard of Frankenstein before, but have you ever heard of Frankenstick? Frankenstick is our fun way of combining two or more sticks into one. Ever hear of a Ceaston stick? Doctor Frankenstick went to work this week to create one… see this photo shared by Integral Hockey Southeast Minnesota owner, Tim Gorski.
Yes, a stick can be repaired more than once. Just ask Integral Hockey Connecticut distributor, André Doré, who shared a photo of a customer’s quadruple repaired Bauer MX3 hockey stick. It may be Halloween, but no need to be scared away from this photo. We’re so confident that our repairs will hold up that we offer a lifetime warranty at the repair points.
Halloween is also a great time where our hockey heroes turn into characters and share their creations on social media. Full credit to Connor McDavid for dressing up as Homer Simpson this Halloween; he even recreated the baldness and beer-belly. Not only is he the best player in the NHL, but he’s also the best-dressed Halloweener.
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The New Head Trainer Has Been Using Integral Hockey Stick Repair for Years.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Humboldt, Saskatchewan, October 29, 2018 – Tyrol Deeg, a.k.a. Skip, the Head Trainer for the Humboldt Broncos Junior A Hockey Club in Humboldt, Saskatchewan understands the value and necessity of keeping the rising cost of hockey sticks in check, and is putting that knowledge into play by having every stick the team breaks repaired by Integral Hockey Saskatoon.
Skip has ample first hand experience with the benefits of Integral Hockey, which has been providing service directly to players, parents, and teams since 2010.
“I have been using Integral Hockey to repair my teams’ sticks for five seasons over three different Junior A teams. Of all the sticks I have had repaired I can only recall one breaking in the place of the original repair. I fully endorse Integral Hockey and the product they put forth,” said Skip, Head Trainer for the Humboldt Broncos.
One Junior A hockey team can easily save $10,000.00 per season on the cost of hockey sticks by working directly with Integral Hockey. “We are aware of the Integral Hockey Stick Repair system and believe that it is a very good alternative to maintain the long term use of composite sticks for players in the right environment,” said Scott Smith, Chief Operating Officer, Hockey Canada
“I am very excited to announce our new supporting partnership with the Humboldt Broncos Jr. A Hockey Club. Being the new owner of Integral Hockey Saskatoon, as well as part of the Saskatoon hockey community for the past 40 years as a player, coach, parent, and fan allows me to continue my passion of supporting the surrounding hockey communities with the best repair system on the planet! Having the opportunity to repair the sticks of the Humboldt Broncos and work directly with Skip, who is a long time Integral Hockey advocate is the best way to support this top notch organization for years to come,” said Brad Weigel of Integral Hockey Saskatoon.
Junior A hockey demands a high caliber, dedicated, focused, and community driven player that cannot afford to sacrifice the quality of their equipment. Integral Hockey has proven for years that each stick they repair is ready for any level of play in the hands of any level of player.
“All of us at Integral Hockey Stick Repair feel extremely honoured to have the opportunity to help the Humboldt Broncos (and all junior teams) save money on their stick budget. We appreciate this opportunity to help the Broncos organization after what the team and community has been through,” said Randy Langille, Owner, and Managing Director of Integral Hockey Stick Repair.
Integral Hockey’s goal is to provide everyone involved in the hockey community with a trusted source of affordable composite stick repair with superior quality and workmanship utilizing composite aerospace technology. This is important for families who want to put their kids through hockey, but are on a tight budget. Due to hockey-related expenses spiraling out of control, many kids have been stripped of the opportunity to become involved in the sport. Integral Hockey’s focus is to provide a viable solution for this issue. In Langille’s own words, “we have taken a very real problem, solved it with the most high-tech solution on the market, and we’re delivering it at a price that will work for everyone. It is something that we are very proud of.”
In what is turning out to be the coolest Tim Horton’s promo ever, NHL superstars Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon gave a group of Kenyan hockey players the surprise of a lifetime. It all starts out when, well… we’ll let you watch for yourself in the video below:
The Kenya Ice Lions had been admiring the game of hockey from afar for a long time, but they had no opponents to play against. Tim Horton’s gave this group of 12 an experience of a lifetime by bringing them to Toronto to play hockey with some of their idols.
“I couldn’t say anything,” Arnold Mburu told the Toronto Sun. “I had no idea. We were all dressed up and because we were a few guys short, they told us they are going to get extra guys. But then Crosby walks in. And MacKinnon’s face is right behind them. And I can’t believe it.”
Sidney Crosby took it a step further by inviting Kenya Ice Lions’ team captain, Benard Azegere, to Scotiabank Arena on Thursday night to watch the Toronto Maple Leafs play against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Truly an experience that these Kenyan hockey players will never forget!
— NHL (@NHL) October 19, 2018
Things haven’t been going well for Senators fans lately. From their erratic owner, Eugene Melnyk, to finishing 30th in the NHL last season, hope for success seemed to be fading in Ottawa. Yesterday, a chapter closed on their tumultuous year, as Erik Karlsson was traded to the San Jose Sharks.
In exchange for the two-time Norris Trophy winner, Ottawa will receive four players — forward Chris Tierney, defenceman Dylan DeMelo, and forward prospects Josh Norris and Rudolfs Balcers — as well as a first-round draft pick (2019 or 2020) and a second-round pick in 2019. If the Sharks miss the playoffs in 2018-19, that first-rounder will be in 2019; otherwise, it’s a 2020 first-round pick that will go to Ottawa.
Conditions on the two picks pic.twitter.com/1GqoejxyuX
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 13, 2018
This marks the end of an unusual ongoing situation in Ottawa. Sadly, tragedy struck Erik and wife Melinda Karlsson as they lost their unborn son in March – just a month before the baby was due. Making matters worse, Melinda and Monika Caryk (girlfriend of Mike Hoffman) had a public feud where Melinda had accused Monika of ruthless cyberbullying, including wishing death upon their unborn child and hoping that someone takes out Erik’s legs to end his career. None of these allegations have been proven, and Caryk vehemently denies to be the culprit of these attacks.
Trading Karlsson was part two of clearing the air in Ottawa – part one was when Mike Hoffman was traded to San Jose (then immediately flipped to Florida) back in June. Trading away their franchise player may mark the start of the turn-around in Ottawa.
So long, to the duo that created the greatest stretch pass goal in NHL history…
The Stanley Cup is known to the be the life of the party at exclusive NHL events throughout the summer. Whether being filled with alcohol or hot dogs (Phil Kessel, we’re looking at you), Lord Stanley has seen its share of travels, parties, and has posed for photos with some of the world’s most well-known celebrities and hockey players.
Yes, the Stanley Cup has become a celebrity of its own and has seen much of the world, but this past weekend the Stanley Cup took on a new venture – climbing The Great Wall of China. As part of the NHL’s commitment to growing hockey globally, the Stanley Cup was brought to China ahead of the 2018 NHL China Games which begin this week. The Stanley Cup made several stops around Beijing and headed to Hong Kong on Tuesday before it makes its way to Shenzhen on Thursday.
The Stanley Cup Visits the Great Wall in Beijing.
The 126-year-old Lord Stanley of Preston’s Cup touched down for the first time in China on the evening of Saturday, September 8. https://t.co/hC5twtNYao pic.twitter.com/JeMIutarw0
— Discover China (@discoverchina01) September 10, 2018
The Boston Bruins will face-off against the Calgary Flames on September 15 and September 19 in Shenzhen.
“For us to make hockey relevant in China it’s more of a two-pronged approach,” Daly said. “It’s a lot different from European markets, where hockey is developed. I think we have to be committed to grassroots youth hockey. We have to work with other parties who are willing to work on that, whether it be the IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation), whether it be the KHL (Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League), anybody who is interested in building grassroots hockey. But we also think there is some value to bringing the world’s greatest players, the world’s greatest teams there so they can see hockey at its highest level. It’s important to expose our players, our teams in person. The Kings and Canucks laid some groundwork. We want to continue that going forward if not on a year to year basis certainly on a frequent basis.”
Wayne Gretzky, known as “The Great One”, is said to be the greatest hockey player of all time. Some argue against this, saying that he would only be a mediocre player in today’s game. Time to blow that argument to smithereens…
One Reddit user pointed out an incredible stat about Wayne Gretzky which helps to disprove any arguments against him being the greatest player of all time.
Gretzky retired at the end of the 1998-99 season, totaling 2857 points in 1487 games (1.92 points-per-game). Had he not retired and continued to play until today, he would have played an additional 1,360 season games. If he played all additional 1,360 games without recording a single point, he would have only fallen below the point-per-game mark during this past season.
By comparison, there are only five active NHL players (with 500 games played or more) above 1.0 points-per-game:
Wayne Gretzky is the greatest player of all time, case closed.
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During the Hockey season, we all know what the allstars are up to. Training, doing promotional content for brands, going from city to city, and of course playing our favourite game, but does anyone pay attention to what they’re getting up to during the off season? Well lucky for you, we have been keeping an eye on some of their social media accounts, so keep reading if you’re interested in being caught up with some of your favourite hockey players’ lives.
Connor McDavid (@cmdavid97)
Connor McDavid looks like he caught the travelling bug. According to his Instagram and Twitter, he has been travelling through Europe with his girlfriend, and friends. From what we can tell, they made their first trip in Amsterdam, and then about a week later headed up to France, and even visited the French Open Tennis Tournament.
Connor Mcdavid has stayed relatively quiet this Summer on his social media accounts, but we do know that he went to the NHL Awards,was nominated and won the Ted Lindsay Award, which was for being the most outstanding player as voted by the NHLPA. Good for you Connor!
He even did a meet and greet for his fans that was sponsored by CIBC in Brampton!
So it looks, like McDavid has had a busy summer and we can’t wait to see him back on the ice!
P.K. Subban (@subbanator)
Unlike McDavid, P.K. Can’t seem to stay off of his phone. His Instagram Portrays that he has been training intensely, but partying just as hard. He even uploaded a photo of him with Arnold Schwarzenegger!
His high energy, and charismatic personality, renders him to be a bit of a social media star. He enjoys messing around, and letting his followers see his sillier side, to keep up his side gig as an Internet Personality.
Earlier this summer he went travelling to Italy, and ended up taking a hilarious picture of him that ended up going viral, and became the biggest hockey meme of the season.
A week later him and his girlfriend modeled for Sports Illustrated front cover. Talk about being busy!
His Last big Summer venture, was being nominated for a Kids Choice Sport Award! Here’s his announcement:
We hope that he posts as much during the on season this year, because he has an extremely entertaining Instagram. We recommend you give him a follow!
Family-man, all around class act, and New York Rangers goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist is, an active instagrammer (one of the most followed NHL Players too). He started off his summer hanging out with his daughter Charlise.
That’s not to say he doesn’t do anything exciting though! He attended Wimbledon Tennis Tournament and managed to take some pictures for the gram.
Henrik and his Rangers team mate Mats Zuccarello hosted the Summer Classic 2018 game in Oslo, Norway. In this event the two teammates handpicked teams to play from a variety of all star teams.
You can check out the Summer Classic website here!
But, of course Henrik being a man of many talents, also did a live concert with his band “The Noise Upstairs” and uploaded a video of them covering Sweet Child O’mine by Guns and Roses, and they killed it.
As we were writing this blog, he uploaded another picture to his Instagram, which proves even more so, that he is not your typical dad. It looks like he had some fun today racing a sports car around a track. At the Integral Hockey office we are hoping he uploads some footage of him burning some rubber!
We’re you surprised about some of the things that these NHL pros were up too in the off season? let us know your take on it in the comments!
After 19 years of playing, Jarome Iginla has decided to finally hang up the skates. In his career he played over a whopping 1,500 games, ending it off with 625 goals and 675 assists, leaving it at a clean 1,300 points in total. He played for 5 different NHL teams; Calgary flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, and Los Angeles Kings. He was the 18th captain of the Calgary Flames and played 16 seasons for them. The Flames ended up holding a retirement press conference to honor all the years he played for them.
Integral Hockey would like to honor Jarome Iginla’s retirement, by recognizing his generosity, and kindness as a player on and off the ice, and shout out all his acts of kindness. One of which was for every goal he scored he donated $1,000 dollars to Kidsport; an organization which raises money to help underprivileged children to afford sports.
Integral Hockey is also proud to be supporters of Kidsport, and you can check them out here: http://www.kidsportcanada.ca. Later Iginla ended up raising the stakes to $2,000 per goal he scored. This venture ended up raising $700,000 for Kidsport between 2000-2013. This was enough to fund hundreds of kids expenses to be be able to play hockey for years.
He opened the Jarome Iginla Hockey School in Calgary, which he donates 100% of the proceeds to a variety of different charities. In 2009 alone Iginla’s hockey school raised $35,000 for the Ronald McDonald house of Southern Alberta, and $38,000 in 2010. He also donates his school’s proceeds to the Diabetes Research Association.
So, for those reasons we celebrate your retirement and you, as a down to earth, sportsmanlike kind of player. We hope more like you from the NHL will help as many people as you did.
Thank you Iginla,
In light of the FIFA World Cup wrapping up yesterday, after France defeated Croatia 4-2, we will briefly turn our attention towards soccer – particularly, the most famous trophy in the world which is awarded to the top soccer nation. Weighing 6.1 kilograms, the 18 karat gold trophy was designed by Italian sculptor Silvio Gazzaniga in 1971. At the time, the trophy was worth $50,000. Today, the value of the World Cup is an estimated $20 million.
So how does this compare to other famous professional sports trophies? Well, let’s see…
World Series Trophy (MLB)
Larry O’Brien (NBA)
Vince Lombardi (NFL)
Stanley Cup (NHL)