Re: Remove the stanchion please NHL
posted at 3/11/2011 9:49 AM EST
In Response to Re: Remove the stanchion please NHL
[QUOTE]If the arenas want to keep a divider between the teams, I have two suggestions. 1. Eliminate the glass on top of the boards altogether and keep a single pane of glass perpendicular to the boards. The glass would be less rigid in this position and would alos be less likely be struck along its length (ie; over the boards). 2. Leave the configuration as it is but taper the glass from full height in the middle to board level by the benches. Something like this: /|\ The tapered edge still needs to be padded. but wouldn't players be more likely to glance off rather than hitting it square?
Posted by Davinator[/QUOTE]
I think you have a solution.
I would modify that slightly.
Everywhere you used to have a 90 degree angle, replace it with a 30 degree angle, and extend it at least 4 feet into the bench, scorekeeping, timekeeping areas.
Padding on the edge would not be necessary because no one could reach that edge unless he were to be thrown over the boards entirely and in that case there will be an injury no matter what you have.
Padding on the glass itself would not be necessary, actually it would be a problem, instead of the player glancing off the glass he might stick a little because of the padding.
It's a cheap solution and quite effective. Every rink would reasonably be able to make the modification. You could just use the existing glass and angle it, along with whatever it is currently attached to.
Geez, talk about safety...
Any MA people here who remember the old rink in Medford? The one converted from an MBTA garage? The downstairs rink had 2 posts on each blue line holding up the ceiling. Keep your head up!