Monday, February 25, 2013

Ice Hockey begun on the Ice...

Climate change is on attack and the longer periods of cold weather are not what they used to be.

Ice Hockey started on Ice, outdoor ice. Often on a lake as shinny, or like some other sort of pond hockey. The next main development was real outdoor rinks and they have been with us for ages.
It is not until during the modern era, with much cheap energy supply, that indoor hockey rinks first emerged and then latter on took over. Today many outdoor rinks mainly fill the function of being the real rink of choice, only in small or otherwise poor communities. Today it is utterly hard - if not impossible to become good at hockey if you do not can play on an indoor rink. But still the extra pond hockey you might get done is always an extra bonus for any level Hockey skater.

Recent reports from many places describe the problems to keep outdoor rinks up an running. This is not always related to the weather not being cold - but more to fluctuations in the weather from being dynamically changing from cold to warm. These fluctuations do first of all affect the quality of the ice, but in worse case it has also at places been too warm too long to have an outdoor ice up and running. Many outdoor rinks are closed over periods of time. Of course these problems are more accentuated depending upon where you live. Think South to North drufus - na it is also different depending on other things related to your geographical location. It is also not too hard to find reports from for instance the larger Toronto area that discuss the problems to keep outdoor ice rinks up and running, due to either the relatively warm weather or larger fluctuations from cold weather to warm spells that just melts away the ice.
Even Dr. Watson could figure out that this affects the sport of Ice Hockey since many players still rely a bit on all the extra shinny the can get in under their belt...

What to do?
Well this problem is kind of sick because the main problem is not the availability of shinny but the happening of climate change. So the only main thing to do is to fix the climate change. But since it is hard do to this - and since many people would like to play Hockey,,, the other available options are Floor Hockey. - But from our point of view that is sick too, this since it is not a realistic way of emulating hockey, sticks are too long, there are no real uniform set of rules or federations, Floor Hockey is way too slow, it looks silly, it is not safe either for players or gym floors..and we may go on in that direction for a long time.

Na, even if climate change is one of the worse reason for anything in the world... still it turns out to be another sign of the times that fully points in the direction of
---> FLOORBALL baby.
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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.

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