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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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The Ease and Benefits of Sparx in your Pregame Routine

Founder/ CEO Russ Layton shares his pregame routine and how essential and easy it is to have Sparx involved. If you're not having Sparx in your routine, you're missing out on some major, major benefits.  

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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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