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Steve Balchunas

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An Interview with Hal Gill

Our guy, Hal Gill, former NHLer (not a big deal), came through Sparx HQ and boy, were we lucky. Hal, amazing as always, sat down for a little bit to talk about wide range of topics from winning the Stanley Cup, playing NCAA hockey at Providence and now coaching high school hockey. 

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An Interview with Florida Panthers EQM Teddy Richards

This past annual meeting of equipment managers at the PHATS-SPHEM conference we were lucky enough to sit down with Florida Panthers equipment manager, Teddy Richards. We talked about his path from cleaning towels in the AHL to winning the Stanley Cup and what it's like managing superstars such as Sidney Crosby and Jaromir Jagr and their equipment needs. 

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Tips for Deburring Skates and Why It's Necessary

After a few questions and comments regarding deburring, Founder/ CEO Russ Layton takes a few minutes to explain why you need to deburr your skates and how to deburr your skates, all while sharing a few tips and tricks picked up from NHL equipment managers. 

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Introducing A New Product: Sparx Spare Steel Skate Blade System

We have a new product that you may have seen in previous videos: http://blogs.sparxhockey.com/the-ease-and-benefits-of-sparx-in-your-pregame-routine The product allows you carefully protect your spare steel while also protecting everything in your hockey bag from the steel. 

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"Welcome to Another Epi Boys..."

Alright, so unless you’ve been living under a rock this entire year, there’s a good chance you’ve seen at least one Epi from the boys over at On the Bench. These boys from Airdrie, Jacob and Olly have created quite the library of hockey tips and tricks, and they’ve gone about as viral as you can go in our little world of hockey and for a good reason--They’re funny as hell.

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How Sparx Entered Over Half the NHL Lockerooms

Founder/ CEO Russ Layton shares the story on how Sparx, starting with the Boston Bruins, was able to expand and plant itself into over half the NHL's lockerooms and how the reaction has been since adoption. 

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The Discovery That Led to Perfect Edges

Founder/ CEO Russ Layton shares the discovery and the process, that led to Sparx delivering perfect, even edges everytime you sharpen your skates. 

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Starting Sparx Hockey and Success on Kickstarter

Founder/ CEO Russ Layton describes the story on starting Sparx and how Sparx was able to be successful on Kickstarter and how crucial it was in bringing Sparx to market, by raising the money and generating the buzz. 

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Stop the Clicking! Fix Your Loose Steel with This Hockey Hack.

This one is one of my favorite quick hockey hacks that I've been using for the past year. I can't take all the credit for this one though; I first saw this on Dana Heinze's (Head Equipment Manager for the Pittsburgh Penguins) Twitter feed and also got a tip from John Sokolski, Boston University Women's Ice Hockey Equipment Manager.  

Have you ever been walking out of the locker room and heard a clicking sound come from your skate blade and holder? It's almost as if the blade has been loosened and will fall right out at any second. Well, the good news is that chances are your blade isn't going to fall out, but if that doesn't put your mind at ease and you really just want to get rid of that clicking follow these 4 steps below.

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How to Properly Maintain Your Blade Profile

Do your skate blades look like those pictured above? The steel ground all the way to the plastic holder on the toe and heel of each skate? If so, we’re going to guess you’ve had your skates for a while and have been visiting the same shops over and over.

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