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NBC News, NBC Sports and National Science Foundation launch 'Science of NHL Hockey'
Date:2/1/2012

fic principles such as Newton's Three Laws of Motion, kinematics and velocity. Other video episodes analyze the hockey science behind reflexes and reaction time, statistics, vectors, linear motion, geometry and more.

NBC Sports Group oversaw the Phantom video shoot in September 2011 during the yearly media tour sponsored by the NHL and its players association. NBC Sports Group also provided research and technical support throughout the project.

Current NHL players who participated in the video series include:

  • Jaroslav Halak, Goaltender, St. Louis Blues
  • Erik Johnson, Defenseman, Colorado Avalanche
  • Brenden Morrow, Left Wing, Dallas Stars
  • Matt Moulson, Left Wing, New York Islanders
  • Pekka Rinne, Goaltender, Nashville Predators

In each video, an NSF-supported scientist explains a selected scientific principle, while NHL athletes describe how the principle applies to their respective positions. Series scientists supported by NSF are: Edward Burger, Williams College; Irene Fonseca, Carnegie Mellon; Jim Gates, University of Maryland; Robert Gehrz, University of Minnesota; and Patricia Shewokis, Drexel University. The videos also include actual game footage provided by the NHL, and the lesson plans that accompany the videos will be provided by the National Science Teachers Association.

"Science of NHL Hockey" follows in the footsteps of the "Science of NFL Football" and "Science of the Olympic Winter Games" collections, which are part of an ongoing "Science of Sports" collaboration with the NSF that was awarded a 2010 Sports Emmy for "Outstanding New Approaches Sports Programming."

"Wayne Gretzky once said, 'The only way a kid is going to practice is if it's total fun for him ... and it was for me,'" said Morris Aizenman, Senior Scientist for NSF's Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences. "'Science of NHL Hockey' is an NSF and NBC Learn project that continues our effort to make s
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Contact: Bobbie Mixon
bmixon@nsf.gov
703-292-8485
National Science Foundation
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