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Secrets & Science

Gain a deeper understanding of the game, with fun visualizations of the science behind athletic performance and equipment. Plus, uncover the secrets of some of hockey's rituals and superstitions.
Season 1
Episode 1
The Science of the Slapshot
4 m, 33 s.
We discover the science behind the slapshot..
We discover the science behind the slapshot..
Episode 2
The Secret of the Hat Trick
1 m, 19 s.
The origins of the word hat trick are revealed..
The origins of the word hat trick are revealed..
Episode 3
The Secrets Behind Hockey Curses
1 m, 46 s.
Busting the myth that surrounds hockey curses..
Busting the myth that surrounds hockey curses..
Episode 4
The Science of Hockey Tape
2 m, 40 s.
We discover the physics of friction and hockey tape..
We discover the physics of friction and hockey tape..
Episode 5
The Science of the Backhander
2 m, 30 s.
We discover the science behind the backhander and curves of hockey sticks..
We discover the science behind the backhander and curves of hockey sticks..
Episode 6
Experiment to Find the Perfect Puck
8 m, 54 s.
Anthony Morgan creates an experiment using different types of pucks, including one made from Spam..
Anthony Morgan creates an experiment using different types of pucks, including one made from Spam..
Episode 7
The Science of the Perfect Pass
2 m, 14 s.
Velocity vectors and how they apply to the perfect pass..
Velocity vectors and how they apply to the perfect pass..
Episode 8
Secrets Behind Pre-Game Rituals
2 m, 49 s.
We look at the pre-game rituals of a goalie..
We look at the pre-game rituals of a goalie..
Episode 9
Secrets Behind Home Ice & Home Crowd Advantage
2 m, 46 s.
We delve into the secrets behind home crowd and home ice advantage..
We delve into the secrets behind home crowd and home ice advantage..
Episode 10
An experiment with mannequins and goalie masks
2 m, 49 s.
We experiment with goalie masks to find out if they can withstand the force of a bowling ball dropped from 10 feet.
We experiment with goalie masks to find out if they can withstand the force of a bowling ball dropped from 10 feet.
Episode 11
The Science of Goalie Reflexes
2 m, 29 s.
Looking at the biology of an elite goalie. Is it all really in the reflexes?.
Looking at the biology of an elite goalie. Is it all really in the reflexes?.
Episode 12
Experimenting with Goalie Masks and Hockey Pucks
6 m, 36 s.
Experimenting with high-speed cameras, mannequins, slap shots and goalie masks..
Experimenting with high-speed cameras, mannequins, slap shots and goalie masks..
Episode 13
The Science Behind Deflections
2 m, 28 s.
Learn about the myriad of factors involved in the hockey puck deflection..
Learn about the myriad of factors involved in the hockey puck deflection..
Episode 14
The Secret of the Stink
2 m, 25 s.
We discover what it is that gives hockey equipment that unique aroma..
We discover what it is that gives hockey equipment that unique aroma..
Episode 15
Revealing the Secrets of the Athletic Ready Position
1 m, 50 s.
Investigating how simple body positioning can give you that extra advantage..
Investigating how simple body positioning can give you that extra advantage..
Episode 16
Uncovering Secrets Behind the Unlucky Number 13
1 m, 41 s.
The unlucky number thirteen. Should hockey players embrace it, or fear it?.
The unlucky number thirteen. Should hockey players embrace it, or fear it?.
Episode 17
The Science of a Wrist Shot
2 m, 41 s.
We discover how puck control, momentum and release help to make the wrist shot such an accurate and effective shot..
We discover how puck control, momentum and release help to make the wrist shot such an accurate and effective shot..
Episode 18
Feel the Burn Experiment
9 m, 55 s.
We experiment to find out how many calories a high level hockey player will burn in an average game..
We experiment to find out how many calories a high level hockey player will burn in an average game..
Episode 19
The Science Behind Ice
1 m, 48 s.
Find out how friction, pressure and vibrating molecules allow a hockey blade to glide on ice.
Find out how friction, pressure and vibrating molecules allow a hockey blade to glide on ice.
Episode 20
The Secret of Skate Blades
2 m, 41 s.
Find out how changing your blade characteristics can affect skate performance..
Find out how changing your blade characteristics can affect skate performance..
Episode 21
Hammer vs Ice
1 m, 59 s.
We find out whether freezing ice in layers creates tougher ice: Ice versus Hammer..
We find out whether freezing ice in layers creates tougher ice: Ice versus Hammer..
Episode 22
The Science of Stadium Ice
2 m, 51 s.
Find out how the ice making technology at Air Canada Centre sets it apart from outdoor ice rinks..
Find out how the ice making technology at Air Canada Centre sets it apart from outdoor ice rinks..
Episode 23
Secrets of the Playoff Beard
1 m, 11 s.
Find out the secret behind the playoff beard..
Find out the secret behind the playoff beard..
Episode 24
Ice: How Cold is Too Cold?
6 m, 56 s.
Is there a perfect temperature for hockey ice? We conduct an experiment using liquid nitrogen at -196 C to find out if temperature plays a factor in creating perfect ice.
Is there a perfect temperature for hockey ice? We conduct an experiment using liquid nitrogen at -196 C to find out if temperature plays a factor in creating perfect ice.
Episode 25
The Need for Speed Experiment
9 m, 11 s.
Anthony Morgan experiments to see how a hockey players speed compares to other elite athletes by using an urban skate trail with a stretch of ice right next to a pathway..
Anthony Morgan experiments to see how a hockey players speed compares to other elite athletes by using an urban skate trail with a stretch of ice right next to a pathway..
Episode 26
The Science Behind Dekes & Dangles
2 m, 54 s.
We take a look at the science involved with the dizzying displays of talent that are dekes & dangles..
We take a look at the science involved with the dizzying displays of talent that are dekes & dangles..
Episode 27
Johnny Bower and Secrets to Success
2 m, 26 s.
We learn about some secrets to success by taking a look into the life of late Maple Leaf legend, Johnny Bower..
We learn about some secrets to success by taking a look into the life of late Maple Leaf legend, Johnny Bower..
Episode 28
Secrets of Organ Music
1 m, 38 s.
Find out how those sweet organ sounds can help to put you in the right headset to play your best.
Find out how those sweet organ sounds can help to put you in the right headset to play your best.
Episode 29
Secrets of Hockey Sticks
2 m, 55 s.
We take a look at hockey sticks through the eras and learn about the secrets of modern day hockey sticks..
We take a look at hockey sticks through the eras and learn about the secrets of modern day hockey sticks..
Episode 30
The Science of the Snap Shot
2 m, 29 s.
What do a snap shot and a bow & arrow have in common? We find out when we discover the science behind a perfect snap shot..
What do a snap shot and a bow & arrow have in common? We find out when we discover the science behind a perfect snap shot..
Episode 31
Experimenting with Hockey Skates, Pt2
5 m, 25 s.
Anthony Morgan conducts an experiment to find out how skates have evolved through the ages and how they can affect the maneuverability of today’s players. Part 2 of 2..
Anthony Morgan conducts an experiment to find out how skates have evolved through the ages and how they can affect the maneuverability of today’s players. Part 2 of 2..
Episode 32
Experimenting with Hockey Skates, Pt1
8 m, 54 s.
Anthony Morgan conducts an experiment to find out how skates have evolved through the ages and how they can affect the maneuverability of today’s players. Part 1 of 2..
Anthony Morgan conducts an experiment to find out how skates have evolved through the ages and how they can affect the maneuverability of today’s players. Part 1 of 2..
Episode 33
The Science Involved with Stopping & Turning
3 m, 9 s.
Discover the forces at play while hockey players are carving tight turns, or stopping on a dime. It’s all physics..
Discover the forces at play while hockey players are carving tight turns, or stopping on a dime. It’s all physics..
Episode 34
A Look at Your Brain on Hockey
1 m, 42 s.
From your medulla to your cerebellum, when you’re playing hockey, essentially your whole brain is lit up. Learn the science of your brain on hockey..
From your medulla to your cerebellum, when you’re playing hockey, essentially your whole brain is lit up. Learn the science of your brain on hockey..
Episode 35
The Secrets Behind Hockey Hair
1 m, 2 s.
Get schooled in the art of jaw dropping hockey hair..
Get schooled in the art of jaw dropping hockey hair..
Episode 36
The Science of the Shootout
1 m, 38 s.
A look at the impressive scientific principles at play during those dramatic & nail biting moments of the shootout..
A look at the impressive scientific principles at play during those dramatic & nail biting moments of the shootout..