Canucks Engineering Department Develops Curved Glass System for the NHL
We all recall the Chara on Pacioretty check into the stanchion that concussed and broke the neck of Pacioretty.
As a result the engineering department of Canucks Sports and Entertainment began working on a curved glass system with moveable stanchions that has been installed at Rogers Arena and will be coming to other arenas around the NHL.
The system was developed members of the Canucks Sports & Entertainment engineering department and has been shown to enhance the safety of players and, said a Canucks press release.
“Last season, our director, engineering Al Hutchings and Supervisor, Conversions Shawn Campbell took the initiative to discuss and create a system that will now be used League wide,” said Canucks Sports & Entertainment president Mike Gillis.
“We are extremely proud to unveil a new glass system in Rogers Arena that should increase player safety,” he said.
The new system uses a curved piece of acrylic glass in combination with movable posts to shield the crowd and protect players from blunt force trauma and prevents the sudden stop of players by deflecting them from the corner. The movable posts help to absorb the energy from the hit, said the release.
The concept was conceived in March this year and a prototype was installed at the Rogers Arena at the end of the month. The League has now mandated that it is to be installed in all NHL arenas.
I actually thought of this right after the whole Chara/Pacioretty debacle.
It makes perfect sense. While it doesn't eliminate the risk of injury, any momentum directed at a curved surface will be much less severe than something flat. Part of the impact would be "deflected" instead of the head bearing 100% of the damage, if that makes any sense.