Monday, July 29, 2013

Cosom and Gretzky - to buy history, can one do that?

Here is another truly amazing fact about early Floorball development. That took place in America during the mid 80ies.
As the sport was growing in Sweden and just before as the manufacturer Jolly...well, they still seem to sell some sticks..
In 1987 Jolly released the very first Floorball blade with "ventilated blades" Yes Jolly came first with his invention...

Anyway - we wanted to talk about Cosom from Minneapolis in this post..and Gretzky.. Just a few years earlier one of the very first branded plastic sticks came in - most likely via Cosom - and it was branded - Gretzky99. Yupp. 
We never found any traces of this product as we went through the historic archives in Minneapolis... But the only place we ever have seen this stick is published in the book Innebandy by SIBF, 2011. This picture is under copyright so we do not dare to show it here..
But it is a basic red stick that looks like a mix between an original Cosom stick and later on more inspired Floor Hockey sticks. The blade is proportionately rather high and it reminds a bit of an Ice Hockey goalie stick. The shaft is short - it looks like a rather ugly stick - but the plastic stick is branded GRETZKY99 - with a big grey and red sticker at the end...

You want to buy this icon of Floorball history?
Well this site claims to have it as a set with a net... and the deal is for just 25 bucks...

This is how they describe it..
The Gretzky 99 Hockey Set
Price: $24.99
Description This hockey set includes two 36-in. polyethylene sticks, a 42-in. folding goal with nylon net, hockey balls and puck. For ages four and up.

That ball and a puck makes us yet again think about yes you know it Floorball and not Floor Hockey
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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!