Thursday, January 15, 2009

Shawn Thornton on "Time Warp"

This isn't exactly breaking news, because the episode is three months old, but I don't remember hearing anything about it when it happened.

Shawn Thornton makes a guest appearance on Discovery Channel's "Time Warp", a show dedicated to super-slow-mo video of high-speed events. Sounds like an odd concept, until you see it in action:

Note to self: ask Santa for super-high-speed camera next Christmas.

I haven't found any video of Thornton's guest appearance, in which he demonstrates the power of a professional slap shot, but you can browse a bunch of clips here. In Shawn's segment, you get to see not only the bend of the stick, but the torque in the shaft as it twists to snap the puck toward the net. He then tries an old-fashioned wooden stick to see if the new composite shafts are indeed superior.

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