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Colt Hockey – Engineering a Better Hockey Stick
- Updated: September 9, 2013
Anyone who knows me personally will know that there are two things that I’m pretty passionate about – hockey and start-ups. Combine the two of those and you really have my attention. That’s exactly what the guys at Colt Hockey have done as well. After reading a bit about their project, I wanted to help spread the word and do what I can to make sure they are fully funded on KickStarter.
Below you will find some more details about Colt Hockey and their KickStarter project – engineering a better hockey stick.
The COLT Hockey team is composed of a group of self-motivated, passionate individuals who want to make a difference within the hockey community. As young hockey players, nothing was more depressing than finally getting your hands on a brand new stick only to have it shatter unexpectedly on your best shot of the season. Now, older and still in love with the game, we decided that our Nation’s sport deserved a higher standard of equipment. In pursuing that dream, we came across PowerMetal and saw an opportunity to turn our pursuit into reality.
Our Partners In Technology
Our partner, PowerMetal Technologies, is a company with expertise in delivering top quality sporting goods with an emphasis on increased durability and weight savings. After successfully executing projects with industry leading sporting goods companies, PowerMetal has deemed the COLT hockey stick project to be a natural next step in their mission to provide superior equipment to the global sporting community. As such, they agreed to partner with us for this project to engineer a hockey stick that delivers the performance and durability demanded by hockey enthusiasts around the world.
Through their technology licensor, Integran Technologies Inc., a leading metallurgical nano-technology company located right here in the Greater Toronto Area, PowerMetal has worked closely with us in developing the COLT! Integran`s patented nano-technology was initially invented at Queen’s University, and through collaborations with the University of Toronto and other international organizations, has been further advanced for use in a wide range of applications, from nuclear power plants to aerospace components.
The PowerMetal Technology
The PowerMetal material strength is derived from its metal atom arrangement. For instance, in normal metals, the atoms form crystals or grains that are about 20 microns in size; in PowerMetal, those grains are 1,000 times smaller (i.e., 20 nanometre in size) – translating into a dramatic increase in strength.
To put things in perspective, when a thin layer of PowerMetal was applied to a Ping-Pong ball, it was strong enough to withstand 200lbs –a feat that certainly caught our attention.
Ultimately, the COLT has been designed to be the world’s first hockey stick that performs at a high level while withstanding the high impact nature of the sport.
With the PowerMetal application, the COLT will be substantially more durable than a high-level composite, specifically allowing it to endure slashes, hits, and high impact shots without compromising performance. This, of course, means that the COLT is less susceptible to the natural wear and tear that diminishes a stick’s performance over time; thus preserving the high quality observed from a new stick, longer.
In addition, the PowerMetal does not hinder the COLT’s ability to flex – thereby maintaining the performance quality that elite hockey players around the world have grown accustomed to.
The engineering of the COLT has allowed for a product that provides performance matching of current elite hockey stick offerings, while providing enhanced longevity, durability, and a significantly reduced risk of unexpected, catastrophic failures.
The team from Colt Hockey sent some additional details my way that should help to convince you to back this project. First and foremost, the final product will be light weight. In fact, it will rank among the top 10 percentile of elite hockey stick offerings. Additionally, it is engineered with toughness and strength that is 7x what current composite sticks offer. In other words, slashes and other physical play will be no issue for the Colt stick.
If you’re interested in learning more about the project or Colt Hockey, head over to their KickStarter page. By backing the project with only $150 CAD, you can get yourself one of the new Colt sticks. If you jump up to $370, you can also customize your sticks color, along with adding your name and number on it.
Drop us a line in the comments and let us know your thoughts about this project. Are you backing it? Do you think they have a chance to succeed in a highly competitive industry?