We here at Blue Line Station love the game of hockey and all of its amazing facets. When it gets the correct national exposure, it’s our hope the sport can continue grow into a game the casual fan wants to watch. Part in partial to that, the NHL and NBC Sports Network have formed a collaboration on a 10-segment, educational video series called “Science of NHL Hockey,” where aspects of skating, shooting the puck, goaltending and much more will be analyzed by scientists. It ties into the NHL All-Star competition, as NBC will air the segment of shooting the puck right before the hardest shot competition Saturday night. If the hockey geek in you hasn’t laughed awkwardly with joy after reading that sentence, you might want to check your pulse.
More information on the video series including a link to the first segment after the jump.
Chris Botta of the New York Times published the story of the project, which goes beyond showing the intricacies of the game. The purpose of video series is to educate the youth of America on the game of hockey. Here’s an excerpt from Botta’s article:
The videos were made as a learning tool for teachers and students to use in the classroom. Created in conjunction with NBC Learn (the educational arm of NBC News), the N.H.L. and the National Science Foundation, the segments, which will be aligned to lesson plans and national and state education standards, are available to the public free of cost.
“Every kid wants to know how to get his or her slap shot in the upper right-hand corner,” Flood said. “They’ll see these pieces and say, ‘Oh, so that’s how you do it.’”
Along with Moulson, Nashville’s Pekka Rinne, Dallas’ Brenden Morrow, Colorado’s Erik Johnson and St. Louis’ Jaroslav Halak will also be featured in the series. Left on the cutting room floor – and might be available on the DVD in the extras section – is the “Science of NHL Fashion” with Sean Avery.
The segments will be available on the following websites: NBCLearn.com, NBCSports.com, Science360.com and NHL.com. They’ll also be broadcasted on NHL Network and on arena scoreboards throughout the league.
To watch the first video in the series about the kinematics of skating click here.
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