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In case anyone has heard of bandy, it's a sport you could describe as "field hockey on ice" or something, it's being played in 2x45 minutes on a field that's about the size of a soccer field, and it's somewhat popular in northern Europe (but I believe it does exist in the US too, in the Minnesota area, possibly in Canada as well). Here's some bandy equipment I just found on a Swedish site. Note the skates (CCM and Graf), they are a bit different than hockey skates, even the blades are different.

http://www.sportewa.com/JofaCCM.asp

http://www.sportewa.com/GRAF.asp

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nevermind about getting pictures of people playing this game.

Go to Google-images and type in Bandy, there are some decent pictures.

P.S. Saw some Graf Bandy Skates on there

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nevermind about getting pictures of people playing this game.

Go to Google-images and type in Bandy, there are some decent pictures.

P.S. Saw some Graf Bandy Skates on there

I could get used to the Graf 702, it looks a lot like a 750 without the cowl.

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In case anyone has heard of bandy, it's a sport you could describe as "field hockey on ice" or something, it's being played in 2x45 minutes on a field that's about the size of a soccer field, and it's somewhat popular in northern Europe (but I believe it does exist in the US too, in the Minnesota area, possibly in Canada as well). Here's some bandy equipment I just found on a Swedish site. Note the skates (CCM and Graf), they are a bit different than hockey skates, even the blades are different.

http://www.sportewa.com/JofaCCM.asp

http://www.sportewa.com/GRAF.asp

Yes, Canada does have a national team.

Link: http://www.canadabandy.ca/pages/home.php

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I was watching Bandy htis weekend on Eurosport, I really liked it. Lots of flow. Maybe the lack of tendon guard allows for a longer stride ofver the greater distance?

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I have tried to descride the sport for years to friends of mine. "Field hockey on ice" is a good starting point, but it is sooo fast! It's literally played on flooded, frozen soccer fields.

I was living in Sweden in mid-90's and had foreign internships, first with the the distributor for Torspo/Salming/Tackla/Busch, and then with the AIK club (Ice Hockey section). I went to a number of bandy games, and I think it's been around longer than ice hockey. Notice the skates have long flat steel; the players don't realy cut or stop, they do long, sweeping circles, with lots of drop passes (think of how rugby players do lots of laterals or how CCCP hockey team was always circling and dropping). The players skate like speed skaters hance the skates and blades. When I was there, I'd see lots of players with hockey boots like Graf 703 sawed off on the top to be like a low-cut running sneaker. I still have lots of bandy equipment from Jofa and Sportjohan I use to this day for non-contact pick-up games.

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Hate to revive an old thread, but this came up when I Googled the question, so here goes. Does anyone know why Bandy skates remove the tendond guards? Also, does anyone know why Bandy skates use longer, flatter runners (basically look like goalie runners) in player skates/blade holders? Thanks.

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Yeah - they even sell replacement runners for them, so I would imagine that if you wanted to play you can just chop the tendon guard off and put the steel on and away you go.

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Had to revive this thread:

I'm watching a Swedish match on TV (Hammerby v Vanersborg), and I'm wondering--how do they protect their achilles tendons? A piece on the back of the shin pad? I'm thinking about trying it when I get time in January/February, but haven't really looked into it yet. It looks like a lot of fun.

I'm suprised I don't see any Mako's out there. Lots of Bauer Supremes with Cobra holders, a pair or two of Vapors, some Reebok, even one guy in CCM tacks.

I fantasize about getting VH boots for it, maybe next year.

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