They're suppose to help hockey players glide across ice like a hot knife cuts through butter. In other words... easily.
So cool that four NHLer's are secretly testing them out this season.
The four teams they play for asked that their names be kept secret so the Thermablades on their feet didn't draw media attention and their use become a distraction, says Kris King, the NHL's Toronto-based senior manager of hockey operations. [...]Sounds good to me. But then again, I'm a better hockey through high technology kind of guy to begin with.
Thermablades use a rechargeable battery and microprocessor to maintain a blade temperature of 5 C. The slight heat is enough to increase the thickness of the water layer between the blade and the ice surface, and the company says its tests have shown this reduces gliding friction and starting resistance for skaters.