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Uneven Edge Checker Reading - Why Aren't My Edges Even?

It is a question we get all the time here at Sparx Hockey - "Help! My edge checker keeps showing that my edges are not even...what am I doing wrong? is there something wrong with my Sparx machine?"

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The NHL Season Is Back - The Game's Best Give Feedback On Sparx

The NHL season is back and More than 25 NHL teams are now using Sparx to sharpen the skates of the best players in the world. Hear directly from some of these top NHL players, including Matt Grzlecyk, Matt Cullen, Tanner Pearson and Thomas Vanek, on how Sparx Hockey is changing the game with professional-level skate sharpening done right at home.

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Keeping Skates Sharp At The Sports Consulting Group Camp

We recently attended the Sports Consulting Group's preseason camp in Minnesota and had the chance to catch up with some top NHL players and prospects. Sports Consulting Group is one of top hockey agencies in the world representing several of the game's best players including Thomas Vanek and Ryan Callahan. Check out the video to see how we made sure all of these elite players had the best possible edges with a fresh Sparx skate sharpening!

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New England Sports Center Testimonial

New England Sports Center is the largest and busiest hockey rink in New England with eight rinks and two mini rinks, hockey never stops at NESC. With four Sparx Sharpeners, NESC’s employees are able to sharpen hundreds of skates a day while also still servicing the need of their customers in the store. 

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Thomas Vanek On His Love For The Sparx Sharpener

While visiting Boston for a game against the Bruins, Thomas Vanek of the Columbus Blue Jackets sat down with us to share his story about how he found out about Sparx. He and family love sharpening their skates with the Sparx sharpener. He was amazed at the ease of operating the machine, but more impressed with the quality results he was able to achieve. It was awesome to hear such positive feedback from an NHL player who believes in our product.

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Let's Play Hockey Expo '18 - Hear From Current Sparx Sharpener Owners

All weekend long at the Let's Play Hockey Expo in St. Paul, MN., satisfied Sparx Sharpener users stopped by our booth to check in and meet the team. They could not stop telling us how satisfied they were with their skate sharpeners. Many of them shared their stories with us, including one user who keeps their sharpener out in the dining room! It was great meeting everyone at the expo who owned a sharpener and seeing their excitement while seeing others step up and experience the skate sharpeners for the first time!

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Lettermen Sports and Sparx Hockey; Why You Need a Sparx Sharpener

Lettermen Sports in Minnesota is a family-run pro shop and a staple in the Minnesota hockey scene for more than 30 years. Their stores are located in Blaine and Plymouth, MN and both use our Sparx Machines as their primary sharpeners.

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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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