Pittsburgh Penguins and partners unveil new dasher board design to advance safety in hockey

PITTSBURGH — The dasher boards that surround the perimeter of an ice hockey rink could be getting an upgrade thanks to new advancements made by the Pittsburgh Penguins, Covestro LLC, Athletica Sport Systems and students from Carnegie Mellon University.

The partnering organizations unveiled a new prototype of dasher boards, now commercially available, that the Penguins said are safer for players upon impact but do not impede regular hockey puck play that occurs off of the boards throughout a game.

According to the Penguins, the boards provide up to 65% in energy absorption improvement when a player hits them, a figure that the Penguins said was calculated using scientific testing of acceleration, force and impact.

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