Man vs. Machine: Henrik Lundqvist and Rebounds in 1S OD1N
It is fitting Bauer used Henrik Lundqvist in videos to promote the active rebounds that come off their new Supreme 1S OD1N pads.
No, it’s not because Lundqvist enjoys rockstar status as the impeccable-dressed, guitar-playing, puck-stopping star of the New York Rangers, although the ability to command a stage that big never hurts. It’s fitting because Lundqvist led the way in the on-ice feedback that led to the evolution of OD1N into a pad designed to propel rebounds further away from the goaltender, sending them quickly past any attackers parked too close to their crease and buying them more time to recover before the next shot comes.
As InGoal Magazine outlined in a full preview of the new line in the current edition, when the OD1N project started in 2012, part of the idea was to deaden rebounds trying to integrate foams like the proprietary impact-absorbing Poron XRD, which can now be found in the new Bauer mask line, onto the face of a pad (Poron proved too heavy). But when Lundqvist praised the active rebounds coming off an early version of OD1N during one of Bauer’s initial on-ice testing sessions with the star stopper, the focus switched to trying to accelerate pucks off the pad as fast and hard as possible, using measurements and phrasing usually reserved for the golf club industry.
“The ‘aha’ moment was Lundqvist saying he loved that rebounds were flying off,” said Henry Breslin, a manager on Bauer’s goal team. “His point was it would be nice to stick like Velcro, but if you can’t do than further is better.”
As you can see in the video below, Bauer succeeded in the quest for longer rebounds:
Bauer achieved these more active rebounds (79 percent faster off the face than the previous Supreme NXG pad, according to the company) by developing and wrapping the pad in what what they’ve called a C.O.R.TECH SKIN. Actually, “wrapping” isn’t the right word. The new C.O.R.TECH SKIN is made up of five layers that are heat moulded into one piece in the shape of the pad itself. As for the acronym, C.O.R. stands for Coefficient of Restitution, a phrase golfers know well because it is used to measure how much “spring” there is on the face of a club.
You can read more about the makeup of the new pad in the preview article in the May/June edition of InGoal Magazine. Or you can just watch Lundqvist show off how well it works below: