Saturday, July 28, 2012

Modern Hockey and the Olympics


Here is another great Guest post that we take the liberty to re-post here at Floorballcentral.
This time from Modern Hockey in Vancouver that serves us fresh Olympic insights..
We are both delighted and proud to be able to serve U this.

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Seems like yesterday that Olympic Fever was sweeping through the streets of Vancouver.  Modern Hockey had the ultimate gig for those games, being in charge of all game used pucks for all 38 Hockey games that were played at Canada Hockey Place.   It was a special time to be able to share the experience with my Dad and my Brother at these games working hard to create value from an unassuming asset such as a game used puck.  The value of each puck went up and up as the tournament went on. The Gold medal game used pucks ended up selling for $10-13,000.00 apiece.  Every two minutes, a new frozen puck hit the ice.  It was cool to track each puck and the stories that accompanied them.  From Teemu Selanne’s record breaking puck, to Crosby’s golden goal, we tracked, authenticated, photographed, hologrammed, and certified each puck for the Innovative Sports Group and VANOC.

At Modern Hockey, we also had the honour of working in Calgary 88′ and Albertville 92′.   You could say that we are passionate about the Winter Olympics, but now we shift over to The Summer games and helping Floorball get on to the Sport Programme.  Last July, Floorball was approved by the execs of the IOC to be a recognized Olympic Sport.  The journey was a long and arduous one, just to get to this spot, and the IFF has been relentless in its’ efforts to get Floorball this recognition.
So, we will watch the London 2012 games and imagine the possibilities of having another Team sport compete in large arenas to hordes of patriotic sports enthusiasts.
Floorball is on the right Olympic path as it embodies all the ideals of Olympism and we must keep pushing, collectively.  The IOC loves Floorball, it’s just a matter of more awareness and more participation worldwide.  The mission to grow outside of the core countries and into markets like Canada, Brazil, The USA, China, India, Africa is continuing at a brisk pace.  We will need the Core countries like Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, and Switzerland to support the mission by placing resources and coaches in these places where we know Floorball can thrive.
Enjoy these Floorball(less)games!  2020 is not that far off, and we look forward to the Summer Olympics with Floorball.  Let the games begin….Go Canada Go!
Article first published by webrover at http://www.modernhockey.com/?p=158
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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.

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