I think we might have made hockey a thing on Jeju Island.
The Inaugural Jeju Cup was a stunning success. We amazingly met our fundraising goal of 1,000,000 KRW to benefit the Jeju Inline Academy with purchase assistance of their first set of goalie equipment, which we hope to acquired soon. Besides that, Jeju went from having zero hockey to six teams and 40 players in the span of nine months, featuring a tournament filled with players from Canada, the USA, England, South Africa, and Korea — some reconnecting with the game, and many trying it for the very first time. Backgrounds aside, everyone had a great time, and there were many requests for another event to be hosted in the near future.
But don’t take my word for it, here’s the coverage our tournament got from all over:
event rundown by the Jeju Weekly: http://www.jejuweekly.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=4231
the event made news in my hometown of Kelowna, BC Canada too, as Wendy McLeod of KelownaNow.com wrote us up: http://www.kelownanow.com/columns/sports/news/Sports/14/07/19/Okanagan_Hockey_Player_Brings_Canada_s_Sport_to_South_Korea
Locally renowned photographer Douglas Macdonald — who’s had his shots in National Geographic and Getty Images — captured our event through his lens too: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.247836218748279&type=1
If you’d like to support the ongoing growth of hockey in Jeju, South Korea, consider picking up one of our t-shirts, which we sold out of at the event and had to re-order due to their popularity: https://www.etsy.com/shop/davecunning
And you can always join the Jeju Islanders’ Facebook group if you want to keep up with our team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/jeju.island.hockey/
A whole bunch of new skates have gone “missing”, and their manufacturer needs help getting their goods back so they canget them on your feet where they belong.
CCM Hockey needs your help in finding 2,000 pairs of its new CCM Tacks hockey skates, which were stolen in transit from Vancouver, BC to Saint-Laurent, QC during the week of June 16, 2014.
On June 13, 2014, 2 of the 3 containers in transit made it to destination at CCM’s warehouse in Saint-Laurent, QC, whereas the missing 3rd container was later declared stolen and recovered by Montreal police without its contents.
A police investigation is currently taking place, but CCM is kindly asking for your assistance in spreading the news. You can help by sharing this story and photo on your own website(s) and/or social media pages, by keeping an eye out for online sales of these skates, or by not fully trusting the next guy you see peddling new CCM Tacks out of the back of his van.
Questions, comments or leads can be directed to Bernard Côté by phone (514.273.3793 ext 236; Mobile. 514.502.7159) or email: email@example.com
Playing hockey all your life then moving to an island in Korea that is void of the sport certainly has it’s challenges. But where there’s a will there’s a way, and I need to take this blog post to recognize Warrior Hockey as someone who has become the way for me and others in my community.
When I moved to Jeju, South Korea in 2012, there was literally zero hockey here. No one playing any version of it, and no one that I knew yet that even watched it or kept up with a team. I essentially resigned to the notion that I may not see or play hockey again until I returned home to Canada, eventually.
Slowly, hockey people began to emerge. As we learned of each other’s presence, we began to gather. Sometimes to watch, sometimes to discuss, and eventually to start playing. A Facebook group was started. An inline hockey rink, shop, and kids inline program was discovered. A half built ice rink at Branksome Hall Asia was uncovered as well. Cheap sticks were bought from China, and a ball was sent from Canada. Interest incubated, and before long, we had street hockey games going. Low numbers, but high level enjoyment. I began to play and coach again. Hockey began to hatch around these parts. It became apparent to me that hockey could really happen here, if we gave it a good push in the right direction.
But a major hurdle was the equipment. For a casual hockey tire-kicker, buying a hockey stick for $40-50 in order to try out the sport for the first time was just not feasible. A small handful of us had bit the bullet and bought some, but we did not have the resources to clear the equipment hurdle and provide everyone with sticks in hopes of spurring the interest of island inhabitants to give our sport a chance.
That is, until Warrior came along.
Though I was constantly sending out S.O.S. messages to hockey companies like Bauer, CCM/Reebok, Easton, and others for months prior, it was Warrior — and only Warrior — that not only sent me a response, but appeared willing to assist our cause. After explaining my intentions to Warrior brand manager Keith Perera on Twitter in 140 characters or less, I was put in contact with Daniel Park, the CEO of Warrior Korea. Mr. Park contacted me via email and expressed interest in visiting our community to assess the state of hockey and whether Warrior could be of assistance to its growth in Jeju.
After flying down and visiting for a day of touring our blossoming hockey grounds, it was not long after that my living room was transformed into this:
Unable to form complete sentences for most of the day, I think I mentioned something about it being like Christmas morning a whole bunch of times.
Without giving you an entire list of inventory, in short, Warrior straight up donated us sticks, helmets, gloves, pads, and bags to help hockey grow and flourish in Jeju, South Korea. It was nothing short of amazing. Warrior has helped us put hockey sticks in the hands of new players that otherwise would not have even tried the game.
So where do we go from here? Well, for starters, if you live in Jeju, come play hockey with us. Join our Facebook group, it’s regularly updated with game times and locations. If you have, or can acquire inline skates, join our inline hockey team. If you have kids in Jeju that want to learn how to play hockey, join the Jeju Inline Academy (email: firstname.lastname@example.org), where I coach. And for goodness sakes, the next time you’re in the market for hockey equipment, please consider Warrior first. Visit warrior.com and/or your local hockey shop and pick up whatever you need (if you’re in Kelowna, Canada, I recommend Chevy’s Source For Sports). They make everything you need, short of skates, and it’s all solid gear. If it works for the likes of Zdeno Chara, Henrik Zetterberg, Jonathan Quick, and other bonafide NHL stars, it’ll work for you too. Your support of them will go a long way in helping me say thanks to a company that cared enough to support us.
If you’re anywhere in Korea and want to buy Warrior gear, shoot Daniel Park and email at email@example.com
Thank you Warrior!
UPDATE: This post was mentioned by Sports Illustrated in a post of theirs on May 22nd, 2014.
He may not be a household name just yet, but San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt Irwin may work his way into your mental NHL player directory yet. Now in his second NHL season, the 26 year old British Columbian is continuing a trend from his amateur career that has seen his point totals, ice-time, and contributions to his team’s success dynamically increase every year.
Irwin spoke with me at length about his long road to the NHL and what he’ll have to do to stay there, the tough decisions he was required to make and small window of opportunity he had to live out his dream, past teammates that helped get him where he is now, current ones that help make him better, what the San Jose Sharks will have to do to win their first Stanley Cup, what it takes to be consistently inserted into a lineup full of Olympians, All-Stars, and Stanley Cup champions, and more.
Larry Fisher from the Kelowna Daily Courier called in for episode 13 to debrief all the action from the 2014 NHL trade deadline. We talked Martin St. Louis for Ryan Callahan, Roberto Luongo to Florida, Gaborik to LA, Ryan Miller to Buffalo, Jaroslav Halak all over the place, Vanek’s path to Montreal, Edmonton’s moves of Hemsky and Bryzgalov, the non-moves of Brodeur and Kesler, and we both pick our winners of the day.
In episode 12 of XP PSP, Justin Bourne from The Score dropped by to debrief the Sochi 2014 Olympic hockey tournament with me, and discuss it’s implications on the NHL moving forward. We talked about Canada’s route to gold, USA’s fall from grace, Backstrom’s Olympic suspension, how it affected Sweden’s outcome and why team doctors weren’t regulating his intake better, whether Canada’s win justifies all the heavily critcised roster adjustments the coaching staff made, who steps into Steve Yzerman’s role next Olympics, who Canada would send if the NHL chose not to participate in the 2018 Olympics, what the alternative to the Olympics as a best-on-best tournament would be, how John Tavares’ Olympic injury affects the decision for the NHL to return or not, how it affects the Islanders going forward this season, how Olympic performances affect NHL players finishing their NHL season, and more.
Wanna pass along some info on a neat new product from Quattriuum. They have designed the FWD Powershot; a sensor that is inserted into the shaft of your hockey stick, and can be used to measure and track all sorts of user specific data about you and your shot. I know the radar shooting station was always my favorite part of hockey school, and this little gizmo allows you to essentially bring a radar gun with you every time you play or practice. It also has the potential to help you see very pointed areas of where you could improve that you would otherwise not be conscious of. Have a read, support their Kickstarter campaign, and maybe even buy one!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Executing shots with power and speed is vital for every hockey player. Come release day, a major technological innovation will forever change the way amateur and professional athletes train for this sport.
Designed by Quattriuum, the FWD Powershot is a sensor that attaches to your hockey stick, allowing you to measure different aspects of your performance. With the Powershot, you can measure the acceleration and speed of your stick, the duration and angle of movement, and the speed of your stick’s rotation. The Powershot also estimates the speed of the puck in game situations, without radar.
The technology in the FWD Powershot helps you learn more about how you play and identifies your strengths and weaknesses. You can follow your progress over time and compare your performance with that of other players. You can also share your results on social networks.
“Because we’re passionate about sports and cutting-edge technology, we realized there was no technological solution that allowed players to push their talent one step further. We combined our strengths to create an accessible and ultra-efficient tool, something that would bring science to our national sport. Now we’re looking for passionate players like you to back our project on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter,” said Olivier Munger, President and Chief Technology Officer at Quattriuum.
How does it work?
The FWD Powershot is a user-friendly, high-performance miniaturized platform that allows real-time processing of algorithms that detect and analyze complex movements. The Powershot is specially designed to measure the range of shooting techniques in hockey. The system is a powerful asset for players looking to push their skills to the next level, fast.
The FWD Powershot works hand in hand with the FWD Sportscard App, which sends and displays the Powershot’s tracked data via Bluetooth, and allows you to analyze, share and compare your data with others.
To learn more about the technology behind the FWD Powershot, visit www.quattriuum.com/en/
To back our project on Kickstarter, click here.
Founded in 2007 by a group of tech-savvy entrepreneurs, Quattriuum specializes in motion tracking and analysis.
Drawing on its team’s specialized expertise in the areas of telecommunications, microelectronics and computing, the company aims to export these competencies to other sectors and increase the range of potential applications.
Inspired by a deep understanding of the digital nature of movement, Quattriuum is working to create products for amateur and professional athletes, as well as sports organizations. Our goal is to help players understand, learn more about and improve how they play as individuals and as members of a team.
FWD Powershot retails for $149.99
For more information on the FWD Powershot, contact their President and Chief Technology Officer, Olivier Munger by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 514-817-9255
Whoa, we made a second episode? Huh. How about that.
Well,in episode two, we discuss:
-The NHL playoffs; the demise of the Vancouver Canucks, and how to fix them.
-The differences between the regular season and the playoffs.
-The NBA playoffs; Jason Collins, and homosexuality in sports.
-Brittany Griner, and the prospect of women playing in the NBA, and other male dominated sports.
Click here to listen: xppsp.podbean.com