Red Wings’ Thomas Vanek Partners on Skate Sharpening Technology


No stranger to the toll hours of ice time take on his blades, Detroit Red Wings left winger Thomas Vanek has invested in the Sparx Skate Sharpener, an automated device that allows anyone to sharpen hockey or figure skates with professional level accuracy.

“Having Thomas Vanek on board as an investor will provide increased credibility for our next stage of growth both here and abroad,” says Russ Layton, Sparx Hockey founder and CEO. “We’re seeing a strong increase in our sales here in the U.S. and in Canada, and we hear from people in Europe every day who are interested in trying out one of our sharpeners.”

After debuting on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter in March 2015, Sparx Hockey currently boasts 2,500 customers in the U.S. and Canada, including nearly a dozen NHL and AHL franchises. The customer base includes individuals, teams, retailers, and rink operators. The sharpener allows users to perform regular skate maintenance almost anywhere.

Sparx Hockey, the product’s creator, is the official skate sharpening partner of the National Women’s Hockey League.

Located in Acton, Mass. Sparx Hockey provides skate sharpening equipment and accessories for skaters of all ages and skill levels. More information can be found at

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