DAILY NEWS Oct 24, 2012 8:03 AM - 0 comments

Hockey Night on Discovery Channel Looks at Sport Science in Super Slo Mo

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Science broadcaster Jay Ingram is now doing play-by-play, with the debut of an action-packed original documentary production looking at how hockey teams get a winning edge from scientific research.

Viewers of Scoring with Science on the Discovery Canada specialty service will also get an edge; certain program sequences are shot with a camera called the Phantom Flex, a super high-speed digital high definition video camera.

It offers users two acquisition modes; in Standard Mode, the Phantom Flex shoots at resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 pixels, at frame rates anywhere from 10 frames-per-second up to 1,455 frames-per-second (fps). Its HQ mode offers captures images at speeds up to 1,275 fps at 1920 x 1080 or 2,640 fps at 1280 x 720. Overall, the camera’s maximum shooting speed increases as the resolution decreases – extending all the way up to 10,750 fps at 640 x 480.

The camera helps program producers explore how the newest advancements in science and technology are aiding the NHL’s top clubs by determining how best to shoot a puck, build a better body and make top-notch skates and sticks.

But beyond technology, the one-hour special features marquee NHL players and prominent scientists.

Ingram hits the ice for a skate and chat with marquee NHL players including former all-star Gary Roberts, Steve Stamkos, Jake Gardiner, and Stephen Weiss. Then, the legendary broadcaster meets up with Alain Hache, a physicist, author, and beer league goalie who will share the secrets of the slap shot from the point of view of the shooter and the goalie. Next, award-winning chemist Gabor Somorjai aims his sophisticated equipment at ice to see what makes it slippery.

Premiering Sunday, Nov. 4 on Discovery, the program will repeat on Saturday, Nov. 24 on Discovery Science.

Discovery Channel Canada is a joint venture between Bell Media, owned by BCE Inc. and Discovery Communications Inc.

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