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Ducks Players Attend Special Preview of The Science of Hockey

Thursday, 03.26.2009 / 5:22 PM PT / News
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Ducks Players Attend Special Preview of The Science of Hockey
Perry gets ready to take part in the "You Be the Goalie "exhibit.

By Matt Vevoda

Hurriedly climbing the steps to the second floor at the Taco Bell Discovery Science Center, a horde of children from nearby Hoover Elementary in Santa Ana on Thursday became the first to test the new Science of Hockey exhibit featuring the Anaheim Ducks.

Screams of “This is so cool” could be heard from the approximately 100 kids as they navigated their way through the interactive stations including “You Be the Shooter,” “You Be the Goalie” and the “Skater Challenge” where they had the chance to test their abilities against a virtual Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Standing by to help demonstrate the exhibits and mingle with the young fans were the real-life versions of Giguere, Perry and Getzlaf in their Ducks jerseys.

“They look pretty happy,” Giguere said of the crowd. “They’re pretty curious about the game. They seem very excited. I think they are going to have a blast when they come here.”

Giguere has a laugh with kids at the "Reaction Time" exhibit.

Opening to the public on April 2, Science of Hockey explores how physics and physiology relate to the game. It is divided into two parts, with the Ice Rink area the first to welcome the students. There you can learn about properties of ice while riding a Zamboni machine. You can see what it’s like to spend time in the “Penalty Box,” where at least four hockey-based math questions must be answered to avoid giving up a goal while you’re in there. Along with the virtual goalie and shooter areas, the “Skater Challenge” allows participants to skate behind a virtual Getzlaf while learning about muscle and bone. “Reaction Time” allows participants to place their hands on a surface to test their reaction to sound, light and vibration. A “Friction Table” tests and compares how pucks move on various surfaces. In addition, the “Broadcast Booth” gives a chance to create unique play-by-play of the Ducks.

“It’s cool how much excitement you see from the kids. They may not know that much about hockey, but they’ll learn from it while they are here.” - Ryan Getzlaf
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“As I came up the stairs here at the Discovery Science Center, to see the kids with the ice, all the video and interacting with the players and Wild Wing, I thought, This is awesome,” Ducks radio color analyst Brent Severyn said. “I think overall when you look through this, it’s an overwhelming success.”

Said Ducks TV play-by-play announcer John Ahlers, “Professional athletes make it look so easy. You get a chance to actually try it here. Exposure is the most important attribute this exhibit gives the game.”

The Locker Room is the second part of the exhibit and the kids were able to see science lessons taught behind-the-scenes before the Ducks suit up. "Coach’s Corner” helps visitors understand a hockey player’s rigorous nutrition and exercise routine. Guests can design a virtual jersey to create a one-of-a-kind uniform in “Suit Yourself.” Mannequins are dressed as Ducks in “Uniform Weights and Measurements” to explore how sweat affects the body and a player’s uniform. In the “Slice the Ice” area, differences between a hockey skate, figure skate and speed skate can be investigated. Ducks memorabilia is featured throughout, including a special area dedicated to the 2007 Stanley Cup championship squad.

Getzlaf shoots on a virtual J.S. Giguere in "You Be the Shooter."
“It’s cool how much excitement you see from the kids,” Getzlaf said. “They may not know that much about hockey, but they’ll learn from it while they are here.”

With the opening of the Science of Hockey exhibit, the Ducks have helped create another avenue to promote the game while giving students an interesting educational experience along the way. “They put a lot of work into this,” Perry said. “It’s come a long way. You get kids out here, you get them grown to the game and excited about the game. It’s just going to get that much better.”

Added Getzlaf, “This is huge. It’s something our ownership and everybody is taking great pride in, as well as the players. We represent our ownership in the best way we can. That is doing stuff like this and growing the game out here. Our fans and obviously the kids have all responded.”




1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47


C. Perry 50 21 14 -2 35
R. Getzlaf 46 4 30 6 34
R. Rakell 47 11 15 1 26
R. Kesler 50 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 50 6 18 0 24
J. Silfverberg 50 6 11 -3 17
C. Stewart 44 7 9 1 16
A. Cogliano 50 5 11 -10 16
H. Lindholm 49 6 8 -4 14
C. Fowler 37 3 9 -9 12
F. Andersen 10 8 5 .918 2.35
J. Gibson 12 7 2 .923 1.92

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