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NHL Backing Off like the NBA Did?


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Is the NHL starting to go back on their revolutionary uniforms that players started complaining about before the season?

According to sources in the [Bruins] dressing room, Reebok has been unable to correct problems with the new jerseys introduced this season across the NHL and will replace them at the company's expense with new uniforms made of the old materials. Players have complained since training camp that the new jerseys, which are supposed to be lighter and allow sweat to evaporate out through the shirts, have instead trapped water inside and gotten heavier. . . .” (Boston Herald)

Trapping water and getting heavier instead of being lighter and faster. Oops. At what point in the “PDCA” cycle do they step back and say “OK, maybe that didn't work out.” Sports leagues (as with businesses) don't like to admit mistakes, do they? They're about 10 games into the season, how long should the players have to complain before management listens to them?

Is this like last year's “new ball” controversy in the NBA, where the league belatedly listened to player concerns and ended up going back to the old ball?

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is currently writing his next book, tentatively titled Measures of Success.

  1. Mark Graban says

    the entire Washington Capitals team has ditched the new “jersey system” in favor of their old material sweater


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