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Steve Balchunas

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The EDGE: A Day with Mylec Hockey

We were able to head to our local hockey brothers and sisters at Mylec Hockey. We interviewed the owner, Rick Laperriere and hear his crazy story from being on Mylec packaging as a kid and now owning the company.

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The EDGE: An Interview with Pro Stock Hockey

In the past, we've put our focus on local, Massachusetts companies, however for this week we branched out a bit and interviewed Pro Stock Hockey. Pro Stock Hockey is the spot to go to if you're looking to get some pro gear. We sat down via Skype with Shawn O'Connell, Operations Manager of Pro Stock Hockey. We talked day to day operations, the Olympics, Vegas Golden Knights and equipment from Zdeno Chara and Jaromir Jagr.

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The EDGE: The Carbon Sports AirBlade

Local hockey company, Carbon Sports Hockey, developed a new twist on the common hockey stick we are all used too. We were fortunate enough to take a day and head to the Larsen Rink in Winthrop, MA and test out the new gear, as well as sit down with Founder of Carbon Sports, Richard Fucillo and learn a little more about the company. 

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Creating Banners For the Vegas Golden Knights with New England Flag and Banner

We recently took a trip to Watertown, MA and visited the New England Flag and Banner offices. If you've watched any sporting event in the past 125+ years, you'v seen their work. From Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky's retirement banner, to the LA Kings' championship banners, to 80% of NCAA's banners, New England Flag and Banner has had a stronghold in the athletic banner space. 

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An Afternoon With Zeal Hockey

A few weeks back, we took a roadie down to Providence, Rhode Island to visit our friends at Zeal Hockey. 

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Picking a Hockey Guy's Hockey Brain w/ Jon Hutcheon

Following up with our Hollow Testing video and reactions, we decided to chat with Jon Hutcheon of High End Hockey regarding the sport we all know and love. 

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The Sparx Prototype Series; The Journey from Early Prototypes to the Final Sparx Sharpener

As many of you know, the process to produce and release the Sparx sharpener was an absolute journey. Recently, Founder/CEO Russ Layton busted out the old prototypes for a little show and tell.

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Buying Into the Sparx Technology; Sparx vs Vending Machines

With any new technology, it takes a bit for people to buy into idea. It took a bit of convincing, and still does to this day, to have people drop the craft and art of skate sharpening and pickup a new automated technology. Especially, when history wasn't so kind to us with past automated skate sharpeners.

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The Origin Story of Flat Bottom Profiles and the Development of the FIRE Grinding Ring

Flatbottom profiles have a long and storied history from Redmond in 1983 to our current FIRE grinding ring. Founder/CEO Russ Layton lays out the developments and discoveries leading to our current FIRE ring. He also shares his thoughts on what it's like to skate on a flat bottom profile. 

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Maintaining Your Sparx Sharpener for Best Results

Founder/ CEO Russ Layton gives a detailed rundown on best maintence tips for your Sparx machine. Tips include: clearing the dust tray, vaccumming the machine, replacing the filter and many more. Following these tips will ensure you the best possible results from the Sparx Skate Sharpener. 

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