Hi folks! The following is a product review done by friend of the blog, Rob Cunning. Rob is a software developer at Thinkingbox, an Athletic Therapist working out of the Langley/Vancouver BC area, and also my brother. He formerly was the AT for the Mt.Royal University Cougars men’s hockey team, and Trinity Western University Spartans men’s soccer team and men’s & women’s volleyball teams. He also played a little puck for Trinity Western University of the BCIHL, and some baseball for the University of Calgary Dinos, Kelowna Jays, Kwantlen Eagles and Burnaby Bulldogs too.
That all being said, Rob recently reviewed 3M’s Tape Tiger, a new hockey tape removal device, and below are his findings. Enjoy!
The Rob Report:
The Tape Tiger by 3M Hockey
The Tape Tiger is a new device from 3M’s Elite Series of hockey products, and is highly effective for easing the hassle of tape removal from a player’s hockey stick blade.
After using it, I was reminded of the “Shark” tape cutter, a tool Athletic Therapists use to remove tape from an athlete’s taped body part – a great tool which we use often in our field.
Upon using the Tape Tiger, I found that it removed hockey tape well, and did not leave any cut marks on the blade afterwards. Also, it did not matter which side of the blade I cut on, it was effectively removed the tape from both faces. However, I think it would be easier to remove tape from the backhand side of more curved blades with this tool, in my opinion.
It was really easy to cut fresh/more recent tape off of a blade with the Tape Tiger, however it did have some difficulty removing older tape (tape on a stick for 1+ years, maybe from that stick in your basement you haven’t re-taped since minor hockey, for example). That being said, it did get the job done in the end.
If ever necessary, the Tape Tiger’s blade may be a bit time consuming to change, as you have to unscrew it from the body in order to facilitate replacement. Once it’s unscrewed though, the replacement process is pretty easy – it only requires the user to slide the old blade out, slide a new one in its place, and retighten. However, treat it right and its stainless steel blade should serve you well for many seasons before any maintenance is required.
The deluxe version (which I demo’ed) comes equipped with a few handy little extras that the original version does not include:
1) A stone for removing burrs and nicks from skate blades – perfect to tune up an edge in a pinch when you’ve lost one mid-game and a trip to the hockey shop for a sharpening is out of the question.
2) A lace tightener – which is useful, but not something I’d use. Perhaps it would be useful for a younger player still learning to tie their skates, or someone who struggles to tie their skates tight enough, but personally I can tie my skates well enough with my hands at this point. But again, useful if a scenario calls for it.
3) The lace tightener also triples as a bottle opener and a flathead screwdriver–great for beer league hockey, or any sort of post game celebration in the dressing room; and for when some knucklehead brings bottles into the dressing room instead of cans for the post-game.
4) The screwdriver is perfect for tightening or removing helmet screws, and possibly skate screws depending on which brand of skates you own.
5) There’s also a key ring thrown into this Swiss-Army knife-like mix, for, you know, attaching your keys to.
Overall, the Tape Tiger is a great device that does exactly what it says it does – quickly and easily removes hockey tape from a stick blade. Plus, it provides extra tools for situations that all hockey players encounter at some point and need a tool for. It’s especially great for players who already lug around toolbox worth of gadgets in their bag and could use some consolidation. However, if you have one of these, you run the risk of either becoming that guy with all the weird tools in his bag, or else the guy who never gets to use his own sweet stuff because everyone’s always borrowing it. It would be an asset to any team’s equipment manager too.
I rate this product as a buy. Pick one up at your local Canadian Tire next time you’re in one and chuck it in your hockey bag.
For more info, visit: http://www.3m.com/intl/ca/english/centres/home_leisure/hockey/3Mhockey-tapetiger.htm
Or their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/3MHockey
To browse 3M Hockey’s full-line of Hockey Canada backed Core & Elite Series hockey products, visit: www.3MHockey.ca
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Dee Mason has been kind enough to contribute a guest post for you. A well-written article on the family that lost out on $50,000 after his twin boys pulled the old switcheroo and the wrong boy shot and canned a shot from centre ice, but dad’s conscience made him admit the stand-in. See what you think, and weigh in your opinion with a comment below! Dee is a freelance travel and sports writer (the colder, the better!) and writes on behalf of a luxury ski holidays site. Feel free to shoot the breeze with her on firstname.lastname@example.org!
An 11-year-old boy makes a miracle shot during a contest. Problem was, the name on the ticket was that of his identical twin brother. Does it matter? It’s not like the kid sent in a ringer! He did not throw in Wayne Gretzky to take his shot, but rather the spitting image of himself. Not to mention the fact the promoters did not know the difference. Now the company is not going to give the family the $50,000.
Let’s analyze this. I do understand the father’s decision to teach the kids honesty, but in that moment was it the smart thing to do? If the twins had truly cheated, put a magnet in the puck, ran across the line or some other thing to cheat the system than yes, you should tell. But your brother takes the shot? Is that really dishonest? What if the one twin had just been shy instead of off in line somewhere? Is what happened really cheating?
Then think of the company. When you pay to borrow products such as party rentals, truck rentals, DJs and sporting goods, all the companies reserve the right to substitute a “like” product. You might not get exactly what you want but you will get something similar. Isn’t that what happened here? Now the company is denying these boys a great savings account, a potential college education; wouldn’t the good image alone be enough reason to give the family the money? Let’s be realistic about where the money would go in the first place. The money benefits the same family no matter which child earned it. Likely a father with this kind of honest bone would have started a decent sized college fund for each of the twins. Wouldn’t that look good for the promotions company?
This is just another example of being punished for honesty. As long as Americans keep knocking down people willing to tell the truth, the more dishonest people become. Honesty and integrity needs to be celebrated. One should be able to own up to bad judgment or a questionable call without being sent out to pasture. All the twins have learned is to lie if you want to get ahead/if you are honest you get nothing.
THE SPIRIT OF THE GAME
The whole spirit of the half-time hockey promotion is charity. Watching an adorable little boy in Minnesota make an impossible shot is awe-inspiring. It gave the entire crowd a warm and fuzzy feeling. The spectators left feeling anything was possible. The hope alone is worth 50 grand. The insurance company attempted to make things better by offering $20,000 to youth hockey programs in the boys’ names. Why not give the twins the $20,000? Not only is the total $30,000 less it is to a non-descript supposed program. How does one track such a donation?
RECOGNIZING THE RIDICULOUS
While the family stands up for the “honesty is the best policy” standpoint, it has to be incredibly disappointing to make an 89-foot shot through a hole slightly bigger than the puck and get nothing for it. Supposedly the choice of who shoots is random in the first place. So how can the company legitimately say it is unfair for the twin to take the shot? If it is truly random, this could have happened to anyone. This is just another example of a company offering something it believes no one will have capitalize on, so any loophole is worthy of getting out of paying the money.
I love what the Dad tried to teach here. I would love it even more if the company worked to be as responsible as the father and reward integrity. To logically look at the rule and the kids and realize it really does not matter which child took the shot only that he MADE the shot. As an outsider, I now question anything Odds on Promotion does. All this says to me is the company looks for a way out of living up to obligations while others live up to theirs. “We appreciate the eventual honesty,” Mark Gilmartin, President of Odds on Promotion says, but what he really means is, we appreciate it because we now don’t have to pay. When you select random kids to do something, children who come without ID, it seems like any child should be able to make the shot.
Hi Folks, Sorry for the hiatus. My wife, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, niece, and nephew and I all took off to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for a little Easter vacay. After being removed from all english-speaking media for nearly a week, I came back to see that my LA Kings got bounced, Vancouver nearly blew their 3 game lead and went to 7 with the Hawks, somehow the Predators are in the 2nd round, and I think some other stuff happened too. A lot can happen in 7 days I suppose. Big shout-out to the hotel bar for getting SkySports and showing a few select playoff games. Other than that, it was surprisingly easy to be cut off from my phone, computer, email, facebook, twitter, blog, etc for a week. I suggest everyone give it a try sometime.
MOVING ON…. I’m pleased to bring back guest poster, Peter Nygaard (aka @RetepAdam on Twitter) for 4 playoff series’ worth of suggested supplementary drink-along material for you to enjoy the second round with, after the popularity of his first installment. Continue to, or begin to Follow Peter on Twitter for coverage, analysis and whatever else throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs. He occasionally tweets for @FVSports , so pop by there too.
Well, that was quite a first round. Between the 14 overtime games, bitter rivalries and countless subplots, the most exciting aspect of the first round was that it was once again a scoretacular affair. For the second straight year, goals came at a clip of nearly six per game in the first round, and there were nearly twice as many games that featured 7+ goals as there were games with less than three. In the context of this column, what that means is that everybody who participated in the First Round Drinking Games got schwasted.
Yet, somewhere amidst the belligerent stupor, I discovered a newfound ability. My knack for predicting events such as Alexandre Burrows’ series-winner has become so apparent that I’m going to go ahead and say that it borders on precognition.
That’s right. I’m saying I’m psychic.
But I’m not going to lure you in with claims of knowing how the future will unfold, only to turn on you, my loyal reader, and demand a sum fee for a display of my powers. No, I will be giving away these babies for free. So, throw out your Magic 8 Ball. Make chai out of your tea leaves. Sit back and enjoy as I give you a little glimpse of the future.
(1) Washington Capitals vs. (5) Tampa Bay Lightning
-Drink 2 seconds for every penalty, 5 seconds for every fight and finish your drink for every goal.
-If the announcer mentions Alexander Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos in the same sentence, take a drink.
-If the fact that the Tampa Bay Lightning have won a Stanley Cup while the Washington Capitals remain Cupless makes you laugh, take a drink.
-If that same fact makes you cry on the inside, finish your drink.
-If somebody in the room mentions Dwayne Roloson’s name, “The Rock Rule” goes into effect. The first person to successfully pull of an “IT DOESN’T MATTER” doesn’t have to drink while all other players must finish their drinks.
-If Sidney Crosby’s name is mentioned for no apparent reason (i.e. in any context other than discussing Tampa Bay’s first round series), take a drink.
-If the Lightning make some sort of weak pun on their team name as part of a home crowd motivator, take a drink.
-If Mike Green makes an excellent defensive play, pour a drink into your gaping, wide-open mouth.
-If you’re listening to the game at such a high volume level that Washington’s home goal siren causes your neighbors to call the cops on you, finish your drinks on the go.
What the Future Holds…
-After two years of Bruce Boudreau not following John Tortorella’s lead, Capitals alternate captain Mike Knuble will finally take matters into his own hands by skating up to Ovechkin during a break in the action, ripping the ‘C’ off his jersey and placing it on his own.
-“Seen Stamkos?” is no longer used mockingly to refer to the Tampa Bay star’s scoring drought, after he breaks out with a multiple goals in the first three games of the series, and reverts to its original meaning of asking Tampa Bay citizens whether they’ve seen him play. The answer remains a resounding “No.”
-Versus and NBC take every opportunity to show the Flyers-Bruins series instead of this one, leading most fans to not really have more than a vague idea of the series score, just like both of the teams’ first round series.
Prediction: Capitals in 6; Toasted in 4
(2) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (3) Boston Bruins
-Drink 2 seconds for every penalty, 5 seconds for every fight and finish your drink for every goal
-Returning favorite: If the Philly crowd boos (or cheers for Boucher in its own particular… idiom), take a drink.
-If the Flyers blow a lead of any sort (game, series, whatever), take a drink.
-If you’re watching on NESN and the announcers homer up the Bruins, take a drink.
-If the Stanley Cup is mentioned, drink two seconds if you’re rooting for the Flyers; drink three seconds if you’re rooting for the Bruins. One second for each decade since either team has won it.
-To counteract the media hype for this series, after the clinching game, finish an additional drink for every game short of 7 that this series ends.
What the Future Holds…
-Every journeyman goalie ever will watch this series and daydream about what might have been.
-Fed up with Tim Thomas’ continued resurgence, Tuukka Rask will convince team brass to trade Thomas to Philadelphia in exchange for Keith Van Horn.
-After the series ends, Chris Pronger will tearfully reveal his puck-collecting addiction on the most-watched episode of Hoarders to date.
Prediction: Bruins in 5; Friggin’ hammahed in 2
(1) Vancouver Canucks vs. (5) Nashville Predators
-Drink 2 seconds for every penalty, 5 seconds for every fight and finish your drink for every goal
-If “Alex Burrows” and “hero” are said in the same sentence, take a drink.
-If it even appears like Alain Vigneault is considering replacing Roberto Luongo in net with Cory Schneider, take a drink.
-If a Preds player complains about the lack of focus placed on them this series, take a drink.
-If a Canucks player isn’t exactly sure where Nashville is, finish your drink.
-If a game in Nashville gets canceled due to inclement weather, develop a greater understanding of what living here’s been like for the past year and change — and finish two drinks.
-If, by contrast, Vancouver seems like the nicest place in all of North America to live, take a drink. (Note: Having been there, it does.)
-If you live in an area where Versus isn’t part of the television package (for instance, the Vanderbilt campus), drink until the Grizzlies game looks like the Preds game.
What the Future Holds…
-The losing goalie in this series will not win the Vezina Trophy. Also, the winning goalie in this series will not win the Vezina Trophy.
-After struggling to hold Hart Trophy frontrunner Corey Perry in check last series, Nashville captain Shea Weber will have an equally difficult time stopping Daniel Sedin, to the point where after the series ends, he will swear that there are “two of him out there.”
-After reading that last joke — another one in the tired series of twin jokes — you will probably just skim the next section and scroll down the pick.
Prediction: Canucks in 5; Iced in 5
(2) San Jose Sharks vs. (3) Detroit Red Wings
-Drink 2 seconds for every penalty, 5 seconds for every fight and finish your drink for every goal
-If the Sharks miss Evgeni Nabokov, take a drink.
-If the Red Wings miss every playoff goalie they’ve had in the past decade not named Jimmy Howard, take a drink.
-If San Jose fans take a page out of the Detroit playbook and throw a shark on the ice for good luck… that’s freakin’ awesome.
-If Detroit is a man down, drink for every second Darren Helm holds the puck.
-If a member of your viewing party is named Joe, he must be referred to as “Little Joe” for the rest of the series, as “Big” and “Jumbo” are already taken.
-If San Jose’s home goal song gives you the urge to break out your old Super NES, take a drink.
-If Detroit’s home goal song gives you the urge to break out your old Jock Jams mix, take a drink.
What the Future Holds…
-With yet another impressive playoff performance, Johan Franzen overtakes Ray Finkle as the most famous athlete to be nicknamed “The Mule.”
-Joe Thornton will rest on his laurels as playoff hero and not even bother to show up for the rest of the series for fear of diminishing that reputation.
-After making this series pick, I will proceed to be sick with myself.
Prediction: Red Wings in 6; Regretting it by tomorrow
Hi again, folks! The guest blog feedback has been interesting. Hope you’ve enjoyed the posts! The latest is from my younger brother, Rob, who wants to let all of you know about something he is doing, and how you can support the cause. Without any further adieu, please enjoy the latest guest blog, and please consider supporting him.
I hope this post finds you well. My name is Rob Cunning; Dave’s brother. This year, I am finishing my Athletic Therapy practicum at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC.
Since I’ve been at TWU, I’ve really been challenged to grow in all aspects of my life. We call this the ‘Complete Champion Approach’. Trinity is serious about helping build us all into future leaders and has programs in place to help us grow physically, educationally, mentally, and spiritually.
Part of the “CCA” is an opportunity to travel internationally with the team and serve people who are less fortunate than us. This year, the men’s soccer team (who I am the trainer for) has the opportunity to travel to Cotonou, Benin in West Africa from April 28-May 10/2011. While in Benin we will partner with SportAid (the humanitarian arm of Athletes in Action)and Global Aid Network and their ‘Water for Life’ well drilling program, and to help bring God’s love to the people of Benin through word and deed. The main partnership will revolve around helping GAiN’s ‘Water for Life’ program which provides deep capped wells for villages across the country. For more info on this program please visit www.globalaid.net/about/water
This trip is also vital to the development of our athletes. TWU Athletics is committed to excellence on the field but we are even more committed to helping produce student athletes who are ‘Complete Champions’. The Complete Champion approach is holistic and looks to improve all areas of life. On this trip our athletes will experience the hardships others face, grow in leadership, have a chance to serve and give back, and grow in their spiritual journey.
Our basic mission is to help serve in various villages around the main city of Benin. More specifically, here’s what we’ll be doing while we’re there:
• Teach hygiene and sanitation seminars in villages.
• Run soccer clinics for village children.
• Distribute soccer equipment. Most villages do not have a soccer ball.
• Participate in building a church meeting structure in villages that do not haveone.
• Play matches against local competition.
• Share God’s Love with those we serve.
TWU has sent teams all over the world the last couple of years but this is the first trip for the men’s soccer team. Needless to say we are very excited to see the results of this trip. I’m sure we will bring great joy to the people we visit as well as change within ourselves.
We cannot do this on our own though.
This team is made possible by interested individuals such as you who are willing to invest in our mission, and in that way become part of our team as we travel and compete. Each member of our team is asked to raise $1,500, which is a portion of the team’s goal. These funds will cover part of the costs of accommodations, food, travel, and materials. The overall program is raising the other half.
Would you help me take part in this unique opportunity this summer by giving a gift of $50, $100, or $200, or some other amount? Please know that any amount will be helpful and greatly appreciated. You will be helping bring clean water, hope, and love to the people we serve while in Benin.
If you would like to support me in this opportunity, please send your check (made payable to The Spartan Foundation) in the self-addressed envelope assoon as possible. PLEASE DO NOT WRITE MY NAME ON THE MEMO LINE OF THE CHECK BUT INSTEAD WRITE MSOC BENIN TRIP. Because of my status as a collegiate athlete it is important that my name does not appear anywhere on the check. Your gift will be tax-deductible. For information on how to deliver your donation, please turn to the next page. I’ll let you know how the tour goes and all that God does in my life while I am there. Please help us make a difference. Thank you for your support!
1. Make cheques payable to The Spartan Foundation (MSOC Missions Trip in Memo)
2. Send to PO Box 31052
RPO Thunderbird Village
Langley, BC V1M 0A9
OR Call 604.613.7710 to make credit card donations
Hi Folks, hope you enjoyed our first guest post. Did anybody play by any of the rules? Keep me posted on your results, everyone.
I’m equally pleased to bring you our second guest poster: Grant McMillan of Langley, BC. Grant’s a good friend of mine who also has his own blog (one about Registrar-ing, and the other about Woodcarvings he does which are quite good and you should buy), and not one but two Twitter identities. Follow the links and stalk at will. He was the Registrar at Briercrest College (where I got my degree and played hockey for four years), and how has moved on to the same gig at Trinity Western University, where, oddly enough, my younger brother just graduated from. GMac has been facilitating Cunnings graduation from post-secondary education since 2006, so the least I can do is slot him in for a guest post.
He’s also a tested and true Canucks fan, and I’ve let him run with that, plus some interesting notes on hockey blogs and bloggers in general. Two asterisks’ I have to mention are that I have no recollection of the call he says I made on him whist refereeing a game of his (though I did take my share of hits to the head over my career), and also that I’m not so much a Blackhawks fan as I am an anti-Canucks fan. So with those clarification points and precursors, I won’t give away anymore, so read on!
Hey! I am Grant McMillan, and I blog about everything except hockey (I have two blogs going right now), but not because I don’t enjoy hockey. I do enjoy it very much, but up till now I haven’t written about it because I’ve been either reading great hockey blogs (like Serenity Now) or I’ve been trying to avoid reading bad hockey blogs (as you’ll see below).
I’m a regular reader of Serenity Now and I am a fan of Dave’s writing and humour. He knows hockey because he’s played at a very high level and he’s even refereed games I’ve played. That’s important for me to respect his writing, although I still say he missed the call when he gave me a penalty for fighting. I mean, come on, turtling does not count as fighting. It might count as a scrum after the whistle… but I digress.
I’ve also been holding out because I think too many people who don’t really know hockey are writing about the game they know not. For an example of this, check out the sorry state of “hockey” blogging at http://vansunsportsblogs.com/topics/hockey/pass-it-to-bulis-hockey/
I happen to know both of these dufuses (one of them works for me in his day job). Neither has played hockey at any level before – in fact, neither of them can outskate my dearly departed grandmother. Yet they both seem to think they can write about hockey. Thank you very much for trying but some people should stick to playing scrabble.
As I said, these are the reasons I’ve been holding off blogging about hockey. Dave probably didn’t realize what he was getting into when he invited me to write. I mean, it would be hard to find a more hard-core Vancouver Canucks fan than me. As proof, I loved Harold Snepts before Dave was even born! I was at the rink for Tiger Williams’ first game and first fight as a Canuck (which was about 30 seconds after the start of the game). I yelled myself hoarse cheering for Stan “The Steamer” Smyl in ‘82 and cried myself silly in ’94 when Kirk McLean and Trevor Linden leaned on each other after the big loss. Yup, I even bought a Canuck’s jersey as proof of my fidelity. So when Dave trashes the Canucks and says he’s cheering for the Blackhawks, I usually write him a snarky note. Why he invites such ridicule is beyond me.
And he’s going to be facing a lot of ribbing from me this year because my beloved Canucks are going to win the Stanley Cup. The best part? He’s going to go down early because the Blackhawks and Canucks face each other in the first round. That’ll be a brush-off for facing real teams. The Hawks are decimated; the Canucks have a chip on their shoulder. Yep, life is going to be difficult for Dave in the next two weeks.
And I can’t wait to rub it in. Heh heh heh…
Ok, now back to my other blog where you can trash-talk me all you like: http://grantmcmillan.wordpress.com/2011/01/29/a-new-carving-blog/