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Finding Your Hollow with High End Hockey

Like sticks and skates and every other aspect of hockey, skate sharpening is evolving. What used to be available only to the pros has now made its way to Juniors, College, and youth. While most hockey players still drop their skates at the shop and never specify the hollow they prefer, we're seeing more and more players becoming educated about the options they have and how a change to their hollow might impact their game.

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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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20 Questions with Hal Gill

Stanley Cup champion, Hal Gill, was kind enough to stop by and play a little game of '20 Questions'. Take some time, learn a little about Hal.

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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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