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The clap skate-How come it never found it's way into hockey?

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10-19-2010, 08:16 PM
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The clap skate-How come it never found it's way into hockey?

I was wondering this. It was the biggest leap forward in speed skating according to many skaters of that sport.



http://espanol.video.yahoo.com/watch/6976348/18129221

I could only imagine the speed of the game with these skates.

To me it seems that safety, durability would have to be the mitigating factors involved in it, but still, I am surprised not one major company has spent any time at all trying it out.

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players would only know how to turn in one direction

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ugggh foot/ankle injuries.

speed skating is not a contact sport... you skate in circles... enough said.

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Speed skates are designed for straight-line speed and are difficult to make a tight turn on. The blade is a totally different construction from a hockey blade as well - long and flat rather than short and rockered. That, again, is all about being able to make quick changes of direction.

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Speed skaters don't skate backwards too often.

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Speed skates are designed for straight-line speed and are difficult to make a tight turn on. The blade is a totally different construction from a hockey blade as well - long and flat rather than short and rockered. That, again, is all about being able to make quick changes of direction.
Agreed, a huge, long, floppy blade like that looks like it would be an absolute ****** to make a tight turn in.

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It would be impossible to play hockey in those. Might be fun to watch though.

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could you imagine the ankle injuries

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It would be hilarious to see someone try it. lol.


But as already mentioned. Very different demands and type of skating for the two sports. Tight turns, backwards movement, quick changes in direction and momentum, contact, board play, puck control, etc.

i'm picturing someone like Boogard trudging around the ice in a pair of clapper skates though, and it put a stupid grin on my face.

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There's no way you can stop in those properly, considering the weight shifts required for a true hockey stop.

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Yikes, try and pivot with those on.

Actually, someone DO try it and post it to youtube, should be fun.

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It would be hilarious to see someone try it. lol.


But as already mentioned. Very different demands and type of skating for the two sports. Tight turns, backwards movement, quick changes in direction and momentum, contact, board play, puck control, etc.

i'm picturing someone like Boogard trudging around the ice in a pair of clapper skates though, and it put a stupid grin on my face.
They had clips during the Olympics last winter called "How hard is _______?" and they made one for short track speed skating with George Laraque, unfortunately it's nowhere to be found on youtube. Was quite comical.

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ugggh foot/ankle injuries.

speed skating is not a contact sport... you skate in circles... enough said.
Speed Skating is NASCAR on ice....

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At least people die and cars blow up in NASCAR, there's nothing exciting about speed skating.

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I picture this being played on a rink 85' wide by a mile and half long.

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Would the clap skates used in speed skating be stupid to use yes, but could a hybrid version be made for hockey who knows? IMO i have to imagine at least one company has tried it in some form but most likely didn't work for all the reasons previously mentioned.

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Would the clap skates used in speed skating be stupid to use yes, but could a hybrid version be made for hockey who knows? IMO i have to imagine at least one company has tried it in some form but most likely didn't work for all the reasons previously mentioned.
I can't imagine it even being attempted.

When you shift your weight, the blade would separate from the boot? That's a disaster.

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skating backwards...

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The entire reason why hockey skaters use rockered (curved) blades is because they allow for more maneuverability than skates with flat blades (like goalie skates).

If flat blades were good for hockey skaters in any way, shape, or form, everybody would have them. Skates with flat blades have been tried, they aren't as good for making the requisite skating moves as rockered blades are.

And I don't even want begin to picture the number of disatrous injuries that would come as a result of attaching a curved skating blade to a boot that is designed to separate from it.

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dumb dumb dumb dumb

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This is kind of like saying "The american football... how come it's never been used in hockey instead of a puck?"

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