Wednesday, December 5, 2018
There have been a number of innovators in hockey that have come from British Columbia.
Howie Wenger (Victoria) is an expert in exercise physiology, and has conducted a number of studies, and published many papers on the subject. Wenger even published a guide specifically on hockey fitness, with the foreword written by Wayne Gretzky.
Ken Clay (Vanderhoof) is an innovator that has received little to no recognition for his invention. Following an injury, Clay cut down a clear plastic goalie shield and screwed it into his helmet to protect his face. His original product was lost in a fire, and Clay doesn’t own any official documentation claiming ownership of the creation, however local newspapers attest to him being the early developer of the half visor.
Fred Marsh (Kitimat) worked in arenas for 40 years, and it lead him to creating a few things to improve the game; the most famous, the Marsh Pegs. After witnessing injuries due to players crashing into the nets, Fred designed a rubber peg. The peg is drilled into the ice, and will bend and release from the hole when hit at high speed by a player. The pegs are used in the National Hockey League (NHL), and have been seen at the Olympics as well.
Ted Hargreaves played hockey in the NHL, and following his retirement used his skills as an artist to illustrate instruction manuals for Hockey Canada, as well as the artwork that can be seen on the example of drills.