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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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Find Your Hollow; Follow-up Interview With Jon Hutcheon

As you saw last week, we took out five high-level hockey players, put them on their normally preferred radius of hollow and then put them on a mystery hollow. After a few skating sessions on both hollows, we documented their thoughts. 

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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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