Getting checked into the boards may be fun for people watching highlights from a hockey game — but painful for players — but a "make-a-thon" is out to improve player safety for dasher boards.
The fifth "Rethinking the Rink" program is a joint effort by materials supplier Covestro LLC, the Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering and the Pittsburgh Penguins to task CMU students to improve some aspect of a hockey rink.
This year, PPG and Athletica, the maker of high density polyethylene boards, joined in the five-day program looking at ways to improve both the materials used and board design.
"It's incredibly rewarding to see our students journey through the innovation process under the counsel and mentorship of the 'Rethink the Rink' collaborators," Bill Sanders, dean of the College of Engineering at CMU, said in a news release. "I look forward to seeing the resulting prototypes and witnessing new material and design ideas that will heighten hockey player safety."
Previous Rethink the Rink studies developed a dasher board that improves energy absorption upon body mass contact by up to 65 percent, Covestro said.