New skate blades for off-ice training announced


In almost 20 years of training NHL players, Kelly Riu tried almost everything to help reproduce the unnatural movements of skates when they were off the ice.

He believes he has now found it with the help of retired quarterbacks and drone engineers, and hopes it will revolutionize the way hockey players of all levels train in the gym.Announced by his alien kinetic company DriBlades On Monday, following development and testing involving a small number of NHL players working with Riou, weighted slides are included.

“It was in my mind to fill the gap so that men could train and give strength coaches. Skate coaches are a little more accurate tool for this crazy skate move.” , Liu told The Associated Press. “Because of the demands of the game, this should have been before me. To be honest, the BOSU ball, the unstable surface, that is, the other means actually used to promote or support the growth of the player , Because it wasn’t close enough. “

Players can take out regular blades and replace them with DriBlades for lifting and other dryland training. Already one of the best skaters in the league, Stanley Cup Champion Chandler Stephenson I tried it with my current Vegas Golden Knights teammates Braden McNab, Seattle Kraken’s Kole Lind, and San Jose Sharks’ Lane Pederson. He praised the benefits.

“Everything I did before’hockey-related’was on ice, so it was great to have something off-ice that could be further disassembled to work on every corner of the blade,” Stevenson said. Told. “It’s like having a hockey driving range. I was crazy about feeling the toes, heels, and soles of my feet. This makes me feel better because I feel more calm. I did. “

Metal skate inserts and abductor slides (formerly QB Jason Johnson and co-founders called “dumbbells for your feet”) are known for their development of drone technology, making one of them the Smithsonian National Air and Space. museum.

Liu said it helps players move their feet in and out of the ice like skating, rather than using towels or the like to give resistance.

Recognizing how difficult it is to convert Jim’s work into ice, McNab said he was obsessed with using DriBlades.

“Any small muscle that can’t be reached unless it’s on ice can be targeted,” McNab said. “I immediately noticed the difference after stepping on the ice.”

Johnson, who played at the University of Arizona and then played for three seasons in the Canadian Football League, said the most common reaction from anyone who tried the blade was “why this wasn’t 20 years ago.” “Why didn’t I always use this?”

“We want this to be another part of the hockey player’s bag,” Johnson said. “I think the fact that you can jump out of the Ice Blade right now, jump out of the DriBlade in 10 seconds and train with it is a big advantage.”

Riu, who has been training NHL players and others in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan since 2003, said he sees it as a good midpoint between skate treadmills and ice skating power skating.

“What were you doing before?” He said. “Here you are in your position, then you go on the ice and see if you are better. It used to be. When you understand the physics of skating, it’s crazy. This really gives you a chance. “


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