It is with a heavy heart we must say goodbye to Nick Etchells who passed away on April 6, 2022. Nick was Director of Dasher Board Systems for Global Sport Resources and had a passion for the work he did. Nick was primarily involved with customer relations and project management but also had an influence on design, fabrication, and installation. Nick was also a part of the Rink of Dreams Society, which assists communities in finding the resources necessary to build new outdoor rink facilities.
Nick’s wonderful and unique sense of humor and approachable personality, dedication to his work, and his willingness to help others made him a valuable and loved member of our team.
Nick will be deeply missed.
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The Spring Classic Hunter/Jumper Show is this weekend.
In honour of Brain Awareness Week (Mar. 14 - 20, 2022), which is about focusing the spotlight on brain research and the progress made in that area of study, it seemed fitting to discuss the importance of protecting our brains in sports, especially in high contact sports like hockey. Believe it or not, according to a Sage Journals’ article entitled “Comparing concussion rates as reported by hockey Canada with contact events as observed across minor ice-hockey age categories” published Jul. 14, 2020, “amateur hockey players” were only required to wear approved helmets as of 1978 in Canada. With hockey being such a heavy contact sport, it is no small wonder that helmets have been ruled as a necessary piece of equipment that should be worn by hockey players of all ages, whether amateur or professional.
While the addition of the helmet, often with a face shield, as required safety equipment worn by players has likely reduced the opportunity for serious injury, a study referred to in the aforementioned article suggests that at least one-fifth of all hockey players will suffer a concussion at some point while playing the sport; however, it is possible the actual number is higher as many concussions are thought to go unreported. Additionally, another study mentioned in the same article suggests that of the 20 percent, hockey players between the ages of nine and 17 years make up about ten to 12 percent of those reported concussions, a number that seems too high in an age group that is in the middle of important brain development. The article concludes with the warning that brain injury in players within this age group may lead to limitations in the further development of their cognitive abilities, and suffering multiple concussions could very well lead to permanent neurological difficulties and disabilities.
How To Reduce the Chances of Concussions?
When it comes to playing hockey, it is unrealistic to suggest there may be a way to eliminate the chances of a player suffering a concussion, but it is possible to reduce the possibility of such an injury. The first obvious step is to wear a helmet. An article entitled “Heads Up: Concussion in Hockey” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers additional suggestions, including ensuring that players play safely and by the rules, that players do not hit other players in the head and wear the proper and approved equipment specially designed for playing hockey. Each player should also ensure they maintain their equipment and replace anything that is damaged or may no longer function as it should.
When it comes to safety of hockey players, especially those under the legal age, it is important to educate them in the importance of wearing the proper helmet and equipment that fits. It is also imperative for players to play by the rules, respect other players, and know where to draw the line on aggressive play. Hockey games for youth have stricter rules to help protect the well-being of such young players, but all leagues have rules that must be followed. Even games played for recreation must see rules followed to ensure everyone ultimately has a good time, can do their best and compete, and can go home after each game without serious injury that could impact the rest of their lives.
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Spring is almost here, but will you still be able to use your rink? Global Sport Resources specializes in multi-season turn-key recreation packages, and with the help of our group of companies we can do it all; design, engineer, fabricate, and install your project. The options are endless! The multi-season facility can be used for ice hockey, skating, inline and ball hockey, lacrosse, badminton, tennis, basketball, pickle ball, and so much more. If you have a vision in mind, contact us to talk about making it a reality.
Congratulations to Parkdale on opening the first fully accessible outdoor rink in Calgary. Global Sport Resources is proud to have been a part of this project.
Congratulations to the Town of Millet on their new rink! Another rink built with Legacy Series Dasher boards by Global Sports Resources.
Global Sports Resources has three different series to choose from, including Grassroots Series, Heritage Series, and Legacy Series.
When it comes to deciding which product is best for a hockey rink, one must consider whether it would be better to go with the acrylic or polycarbonate option or choose the tempered glass. Of course, each product has its pros and cons, and what will be best for one rink might not necessarily be the right option for another. The decision may come down to whether the finances exist to support one of the preferred options, how often the rink is used or the frequency of damage to the panels. Is the rink used more for skating and leisurely activities, or is it used more for training or practicing by hockey players? Before deciding which option you would choose, take a moment to review some of the benefits and drawbacks of each option.
Acrylic and Polycarbonate Panels
Both Acrylic and Polycarbonate are light weight and easy to handle, meaning fewer operators are required when changing out pieces. This is especially beneficial if a piece needs to be replaced during a tournament. Some of the other positives with choosing acrylic or polycarbonate:
The unfortunate drawback for the acrylic or polycarbonate is that it usually costs more than the traditional tempered glass but has a shorter life cycle due to its tendency to scratch easier and scuff when cleaning. The result of the scratches and scuffing mean the product becomes cloudy over time. This material also requires support at the sill level, so the sheets do not come out of the posting due to its flex.
Tempered Glass Panels
One may wonder why anyone would go for the acrylic/polycarbonate option when tempered glass would at first appear to be the more superior material. After all, tempered glass is
Tempered glass also has a more aesthetic appeal and remains clear for viewing and photography.
The issue with tempered glass is that is it heavy and more cumbersome to replace. Special orders for custom glass often require more time to produce and ship. If a glass piece breaks or shatters in the rink, there is more cleanup that can take more time due to all the shards and the weight of the glass. As a result, a broken piece of tempered glass can mean a longer delay in returning to the game if it should happen in the middle of a play. Lastly, there is a higher risk of injury if a player should collide and break the glass, and there is more opportunity for an operator or staff to suffer an injury when handling the broken glass or working to replace a complete and heavy panel.
Both the acrylic/polycarbonate and tempered glass panels have their benefits, despite some of the cons of each. If you were building a rink, which would you choose and why?
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