Hockey is BACK!

Seems like just yesterday that the Pittsburgh Penguins were hoisting the Stanley Cup at PPG Paints Arena.  Let’s hope you didn’t get too comfy over your cushy summer break, because hockey is back in full swing!  We’re only a few days into the season, so what have we learned thus far?

Well…

Connor McDavid hasn’t lost a step.  In fact, we think he gained a few steps (if that makes any sense).

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Hat tricks are in fashion.  McDavid, Simmonds, Saad, Ovechkin,  This marks the first time that 4 separate players have recorded hat tricks in their respective season openers since the NHL’s first two games EVER played back in 1917.  Oveckin scored 4 goals on Saturday as well.

 

Goalies can ONLY have white tape on the knob of their stick (who knew?).

 

Preseason is exciting because it marks the return of hockey, but frustrating because preseason is when the NHL experiments with new rules which nobody knows about.  There’s a new standard for face-off violations and slashes that had left player and fans dumbfounded.

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“FACE OFF” (you read that in a deep, grunting voice, didn’t you?) Video game: Blades Of Steel (NES)

Yep, hockey is back.  Tell us in the comment section what you like/dislike so far in the NHL season!

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99th location opens in a GREAT city…

 

Since the inception of Integral Hockey, 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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