Technology Meets the Hockey Skate

I recall when hockey skates changed from stamped steel supports to impact-resistant plastic.  This really didn’t change the performance of skating.  It only made skates look high-tech, and frankly that’s been the only advancement in the hockey skate in the last 30 years… until now.

Evidently there is a Canadian company (naturally) called Therm Blade that is introducing a skating blade with a battery-operated heater that warms the blade to reduce the friction.  Supposedly Wayne Gretzky endorses them, so there must be a pony in there somewhere…

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I now have a reason to come out of retirement.  I can exchange my black Tuuk blades on my CCM Super Tacks for a pair of Therma Blades…

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