Enough coronavirus. Let's talk something calmer. More soothing. Like professional hockey.
This week is the third "Rethink the Rink," a project coordinated by materials supplier Covestro, Carnegie Mellon University and the Pittsburgh Penguins to consider new approaches to safety equipment at hockey rinks as well as within safety equipment worn by players.
The first year focused on safer boards alongside the rink. The second looked at goalie helmets. This year, the spotlight is on shoulder and elbow pads.
And for 2020, sports equipment supplier Bauer Hockey is joining the program, adding its expertise in what the sport and helping CMU students also understand what players need.
"The game is faster, and we have to have a different approach," Dan Bourgeois, vice president of product innovation, Bauer Hockey, said in a video posted as part of the program. "How can we provide good equipment for pro players? The key for them is to understand that protection is important but movement is also very important."
You can check the hashtag #rethinktherink to follow the project on social media.