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Hockey without the Puck – the almost perfect Illusion

Who puts on the Virtual Reality glasses, is catapulted into the Madison Square Garden, in the legendary Arena in the heart of Manhattan. You are standing on the ice and looks up in the ranks that are empty. But the eye must anyway be given to the players and the Puck. Although it leads to physically not a Puck, to play virtually with him. And it is amazingly real. The floor, the man holds in the hands, is provided on the shaft with a Sensor. The Illusion is almost perfect, the floor will vibrate even if you get the Puck.

Michael Würsten, 48, stands behind the console and directs the lesson. Together with his brother Florian, 46, he leads in nürensdorf, Switzerland a hockey shop ("HockeyBros"), where the first platform for virtual ice hockey (sense arena) stands in Switzerland. You are moving on a field of synthetic ice, five times four meters and is limited by gangs. For a good two months, the platform is accessible here, in professional circles, it has already spread. Also ZSC-sports-in-chief Sven Leuenberger was already there.

"So, now you must be ready!" Michael sausage is calling. A defender shoots on goal, it is necessary to exploit the rebound. "Stick on the ice!", the instructor says. "Otherwise you're too late." Soon, the Timing is right, and getting Pucks to land in the goal. It is intense. Every few seconds, the next Puck comes. New Exercise, as a defender: one Is willing, one must call "Pass", you get the Puck, in the upper field of view an invoice, 6 + 3, and you have to play the player with the number 9, the Pass.

NHL Topskorer David Pastrnakist ideas and shareholder

Around 80 Exercises, you will be updated constantly. Sense Arena was developed in 2018, from a Start-up in Prague, in cooperation with the former NHL Crack, Patrik Elias, and the current NHL Topskorer David Pastrnak (Boston), who is also a shareholder. Currently 26 platforms are operated.

(Video: Sense Arena)

The Czech Liberec and Dukla Jihlva have Clubs, there is one new in Stockholm. Most are Overseas: The Washington Capitals bought one for their juniors, and the best PR was that, more recently, the Vegas Golden Knights earned first NHL Team to get a console. The U.S. business magazine "Forbes" wrote about it. The NHL Franchise that does not use the device only for the players but also the Fans.

Which brings us to the crucial question: Is the platform a Videogame de luxe, or can learn Players actually do anything with it? The Czech Vlasti Okrucky is Weinfelden, head of Young talent at SC, Scout for the Young Lions Thurgau, directs Slapshot-Camps – in nürensdorf, Switzerland the most Sense-Arena-training. He made the brothers sausages on the console the attention of and earned you with them, together, the three now have the General representation for Switzerland. The young trainer, since 2009, in Switzerland, says: "a Lot of players tell me that they benefited in decision-making on the ice. It is a good opportunity to train the hockey intelligence."

The brothers sausages: Michael (left) and Florian. (Photo: Michele Limina)

Many of the Exercises aim to promote quick Thinking. To process simultaneously different things to keep the Overview, to react quickly. Vlasti Okrucky thinks that the learning effect among teenagers is at its greatest. But even professionals could benefit, how to see Pastrnak.

every week, the 39 directs-Year-old around 20 to 30 lessons, and the trend is rising. The players are serious about this, first complete a Baseline Test to determine Strengths and weaknesses. Because of this, the hockey expert creates a training plan. A 40-minute Training, costs 59 Swiss francs, a Fünferabo 279 francs. The parents need to take some money in the hands.

The Gaming Generation, the flood of Stimuli was used to

The big advantage of Eistrainings, that could be very work concentrated at certain things, says Florian sausages: "When you have shots in 90 seconds 30 Directly." The units are intensive, in the head, tired. The Gaming Generation is better accustomed to the many charms. The young form the Bulk of those who train here.

it Would be worthwhile for a National League Club to invest in such a platform? It will cost 6500 francs plus a monthly licensing and support fee of 1600 francs. For private use there is a cheaper option. The price was high, still too high, says ZSC-head of sports, Leuenberger. But that was not the Ultimate. "If you want to operate this platform seriously, you will have to leave for a coach who knows them inside and out. And as a Club you have to ask yourself: if we Had this coach on the ice?"

(image: Michele Limina)

Leuenberger believes that this is a virtual football can bring to a player in terms of Overview and Hand-eye coordination quite a bit. What is not trained, is the Runner. And also in terms of stick technology pushes the platform to its limits, because it leads to physically not Puck.

Vlasti Okrucky works very intensively with the device, sends to the Central office in Prague again and again Inputs, which Exercises still need: "right now, they have incorporated new Exercises that I have suggested: Give and go (wall pass), and Over - and under number of situations. So the platform is constantly evolving."

This is the big advantage of virtual reality: you can be any model. Therefore, they conquered new territories.


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Created: 11.11.2019, 17:48 PM

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