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Back in March 2018, the Pittsburgh Penguins teamed up with Covestro and Carnegie Mellon University on a bold initiative to make hockey safer.

Two CMU students, Alex Duncan and Ian Suzuki, working all summer at the Covestro corporate campus in Robinson Township, developed a couple of very interesting conceptual designs for dasher boards that they sent to us for review.

We made the necessary changes to their original concepts to ensure the boards could be properly manufactured and then proceeded to produce the prototype. The best design was then crafted into actual dasher boards that are currently installed for testing at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.

Safety through innovation is our brand message, and having developed and patented 3 major safety features which are being utilized by the NHL and AHL today: CheckFlex®, GlassFlex® and SoftCap®, we were very interested to be involved in this endeavor.

As play starts to resume, we’re all very excited to receive feedback from the results. Check out the video below outlining the entire process.

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