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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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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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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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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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