Friday, October 14, 2011

Hockey Discover Floorball in Canada

Wow,
Finally...
http://www.thestar.com/iphone/sports/hockey/article/1070205--feschuk-floorball-gives-hockey-players-creative-edge

THIS ARTICLE Was PUBLISHED IN THE PRINTED VERSION OF THE STAR IN CANADA TOday on cover page the star - SATURDAY!

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"October 14, 2011 00:10:00

Rounding the Russian goal at the world hockey championships in May, Finland’s Mikael Granlund unleashed a move that would soon be the toast of YouTube. In one high-speed motion, he laid his blade flat like a spatula, lifted the puck like a pancake and deposited it neatly into the net’s top shelf.
The TSN broadcast called it a lacrosse-style goal, but the interesting backstory went like this: Granlund had never picked up a lacrosse stick. The inspiration for his goal, it turned out, was floorball, a version of floor hockey, popular in Finland and a handful of other European countries, in which the sticks have lacrosse-like pockets that allow players to pick up the ball to unfurl an array of airborne tricks.
We only bring this up to answer the question of the teenager who, browsing the aisles of a national hockey retailer a couple of weeks back, laid his eyes on the floorball sticks that had been recently been added to the inventory and wondered aloud: “What the heck are those things for?”
The sticks are the primary pieces of equipment for a growing game that, since its development in Sweden in the 1970s, has swelled to become one of the most popular sports in Sweden and Finland, among other nations. There are those who believe it could one day become a childhood staple on these shores, too.
Borje Salming, the Maple Leafs great from Sweden who played floorball to stay in shape during his NHL off-seasons, said in an interview that if floorball’s international governing body is successful in its ongoing bid to be included in a future Olympics, he believes the sport will “explode” in Canada and elsewhere. This past summer floorball was granted full recognition by the International Olympic Committee, an important step toward participation in the Games, though hardly a stamped ticket."
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Caution

Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!