Therma Blade expands testing to include more NHL players plus NHL teams

    More players to test production models as waiting list for heated blades

    TORONTO, Feb. 15 /CNW/ - Therma Blade Inc. announced today that following
preliminary testing of its heated skate blade prototypes by five NHL players,
it will expand product testing to include some of the 50 NHL players and NHL
teams requesting production models of the product.
    Four NHL players who have been testing Thermablade prototypes to date
will participate in an expanded testing program in which Therma Blade will
make its latest production models available to them and to additional players
and NHL teams that are on the company's waiting list for full production
    "We are in fact expanding our testing, working closely with the NHL and
with the National Hockey League Players' Association," said Sam McCoubrey, VP
of Sales and Marketing for Quebec-based Therma Blade Inc. "As we have said all
along, our initial testing with players to date has been extremely successful
in providing feedback and there is tremendous interest in our proven
technology among a growing number of NHL players and teams."
    Thermablade heated blades are designed to maintain a consistent
temperature of approximately 5 degrees C using a small battery and a
microprocessor stored within each skate blade holder. The warm blade acts to
increase the thickness of the water layer between the blade and the ice
surface, dramatically reducing gliding friction and starting resistance for
    The reduced friction allows players to reach top speed faster and to
skate using less energy. Physiological benefits include a reduction in heart
rate, increased stamina and less fatigue over the course of a hockey game.
More information on Thermablade is available online at
    Thermablades will be available in specialty sports stores in Canada and
the U.S. at a suggested price of $399.99.


    Canadian skate blade maker Therma Blade Inc. is a Quebec-based
manufacturer of heated skate blade technology, the concept was thought of by
Alberta resident Tory Weber. Thermablade is a technologically advanced skate
blade that uses battery powered electrical energy to slightly heat the skate
blade, thereby increasing the layer of water between the blade and the ice
surface and reducing friction at the ice surface. Thermablade has several
proven physiological and performance benefits for hockey players, including a
dramatic reduction in gliding friction and starting resistance, an overall
increase in stamina and an overall decrease in fatigue. More information on
the product is available online at

For further information:

For further information: Sam McCoubrey, Therma Blade Inc., (514)
362-8989 ext.356,; Dhiren Master, Therma Blade
Inc., 1-877-777-5848,

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