Thursday, October 28, 2010

Katrina Dowd nominated for Lacrosse Magazine player of the year



Harrow is proud to announce that our womens lacrosse brand manager, Katrina Dowd is one of four nominees for the coveted Lacrosse Magazine player of the year award.
The three time D1 National Champion joined Harrow on the back of an incredible season, leading the wildcats in both goals (77) and points (110), tying 33 assists.
Show your support by voting for Katrina at lacrosse magazine

For more information on Katrina, check out the blog post

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Harrow player Woody Clouse defends his US OPEN CPRT Championship title










Woody Clouse successfully defended his US OPEN CPRT Championship with a four game win over the upset minded Jeff Bell. Woody came out firing as aces and quick kills dominated game one 9-0 as Bell struggled to get used to the all-glass stadium court. Bell regrouped to take a 5-0 lead of his own in game two and cruised to a 9-5 win that seemed to get him into the match until Clouse turned up pace once again for a 9-2 win in game three. Up two games to one and sensing the title was his to take, Clouse served like he did in game one and repeated a 9-0 game to repeat as US OPEN Champion.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Harrow Sports and the College Squash Association Renew Sponsorship Agreement


Harrow Sports and the College Squash Association (CSA) have signed a three-year sponsorship agreement. This renewed agreement keeps Harrow Sports as the official equipment supplier of the CSA.

According to Shona Kerr, Women’s CSA President, “We are extremely excited to continue our sponsorship arrangement. Harrow’s squash gear has become a fixture in the college squash world.”

Harrow Sport’s racquets, shoes, clothes, and accessories are used by hundreds of players in the CSA. In addition, many top professional and amateur squash players use Harrow equipment.

According to Harrow Sports’ Dave Rosen, “We are extremely pleased with the relationship that has developed between Harrow and the CSA and it was a very easy decision to extend our sponsorship for another three years. The CSA has grown steadily over the course of our agreement and I hope we continue to work with the ever-expanding programs to provide great squash equipment to all of the CSA schools for years to come.”

“Like the CSA, Harrow is very focused on squash teams. Harrow’s customized racquets, bags, and clothing have helped make team bonds stronger for players, parents, and fans,” adds Bob Callahan, CSA Men’s President.

Harrow Sports will have a presence at the Women’s National Team Championships – Howe Cup (February 18th – 21st, hosted by Princeton University), the Men’s National Team Championships (February 25th – 27th, hosted by Harvard University), and the Individual Championships (March 4th – 6th, hosted by Dartmouth College).

About Harrow Sports: Harrow Sports is a recognized leader in high performance composite technology for sports equipment. Since its inception, Harrow has led the industry in game changing composites in squash, lacrosse, ice hockey and field hockey. For additional information, visit http://www.harrowsports.com or contact Dave Rosen (Tel: 303-889-9891 or Email: drosen@harrowsports.com).

About the College Squash Association: The College Squash Association (CSA) is the governing body for men’s and women’s intercollegiate squash in the United States. It ranks players and teams, establishes and enforces rules, hosts annual individual and team championships, and archives college squash history. There are approximately 100 men’s and women’s collegiate squash programs in the United States. The CSA is dedicated to growing college squash. For additional information, visit http://CollegeSquashAssociation.com.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Kasey Brown wins three medals at Commonwealth Games




Harrow would like to congratulate Kasey Brown on her gold medal win – beating out New Zealand’s Joelle King and Martin Knight to take home her third medal of the commonwealth games.

Kasey’s incredible performance also won bronze medals in the singles and doubles events, continuing Australia’s medal streak in the squash.

Monday, October 11, 2010

zenon konopka talks about his father's war torn life.



Christopher Botta from fanhouse.com wrote a great piece about Zenon Konopka, pictured left with his custom made 300 GS gloves and custom syncro elite one piece stick.

Ask most NHL players where they get their character and work ethic, and you'll hear warm and appreciative stories about moms and dads who drove them to hockey practices at five o'clock in the morning. Ask Zenon Konopka, the gritty and pugnacious fourth-line center of the New York Islanders, and he's got some story to tell about Zenon Konopka Sr.

"I play hockey and I scrap, and I guess people say I'm tough," said Konopka, who led the NHL last season with 33 fighting majors while a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. "But my dad ... now, he was tough. There isn't any comparison between what I do as a hockey player and what his life was all about."

Konopka's Polish-born father was three years old when Germany and later Russia invaded Poland at the start of World War II. Russian soldiers came to his family's home and said they would be placed in a concentration camp in Siberia.

"The way I understand the story," said the Islander, "my father's family was left on a train to Siberia for two straight weeks before it moved an inch. People got sick. People died all around them before they even left Poland."

His family was not spared; Konopka had relatives who died of starvation.

His grandfather and uncle were given a choice after Germany split from Russia: if they joined the battle against the Nazis, the Konopka family would be relocated to a safe location in Africa. They went to war while Zenon Konopka's father and aunts lived in Africa.

"Two of my aunts are still alive," said Konopka. "They follow my hockey career and they'll always be an inspiration to me."

Sadly, his father did not live to see Konopka play with the Lightning -- or even his four years as a teenager with the Ottawa 67s of the Ontario Hockey League.

"I was 13 years old," remembers Konopka, who was raised by his mother and father in Niagara-on-the-Lake. "I was supposed to go on a school trip to Quebec, but for some reason I couldn't understand, Dad insisted that I didn't go.

"He worked in a GM plant for 10 hours a day, but in the morning and at night, he worked on our family farm. One morning while I was sleeping, he was out on his tractor. He went to make a left turn on the road at the same time a car tried to pass him on the left. They crashed. My father fell out of the tractor, but the tractor landed on him and he passed away instantly."

Zenon Konopka Sr. was 58 years old. His son says it took him more than a decade before he could bring himself to discuss his death.

"It's still so hard," he says today. "My father was indestructible in my eyes. To me, he was the invincible man."

Zenon Konopka can talk about tragedy today because time has allowed him to see that his own story of a climb from the depths of the minors to the NHL is, in large part, a tale about his parents.


With his father gone, his mother Arlene ran the family farm with Zenon and his sisters before selling it when he left to play junior hockey. Through it all, Arlene still found time -- like most Canadian parents -- to drive Zenon to his hockey games and practices. The few lessons the young boy was unable to learn from his dad about work ethic, he saw every day in the actions of his mom. It's easy to see why Konopka never gave up on his NHL dream, a goal his father told everyone in Niagara-on-the-Lake was his destiny.

Those good years with the 67s did not earn Konopka an NHL or American League contract. He played for $300 a week in East Coast League in Wheeling, W.Va. He never stopped trying to reach the NHL. He won faceoffs and blocked shots, and if taking on every fighter who challenged or took liberties with a teammate in Wheeling or Scranton or Idaho or Cincinnati would also get the attention of scouts, it was a small price to pay.

"Courage is my grandfather and uncle fighting the Nazis, you know what I mean?" he says.

Six years into his pro career, Konopka finally started to get noticed and taken seriously. He played his first 23 NHL games with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the 2005-06 season. The next year, he got an earnest look in the Columbus Blue Jackets organization, got in six NHL games and played for the aptly-named Syracuse Crunch of the AHL. On a team with a half-dozen guys willing to drop the gloves, Konopka could fight and play. After averaging 20 goals and 50 points over two full seasons in the AHL, the six-foot, 200-pound center got his first real chance in the NHL. In 74 games last season with Tampa Bay, Konopka had two goals, three assists and 265 penalty minutes.

The Islanders, admirers of his passion and grit for a while, gave him a one-way offer when he became an unrestricted free agent. More established in the NHL than he has ever been in his career, the 29-year-old Konopka isn't about to stop fighting and playing in memory of his father.

"I lost my dad when I was just 13 years old, but when I look back at those years, everything for him revolved around me," Konopka said the other day after an Islanders' practice. "I was talking to my older sisters about him a few years ago, asking them questions about dad. One of them joked, 'I think you knew him better than all of us. You were his life.' That really kind of blew me away.

"He was always there for me, taking me to hockey, taking me to baseball, being my biggest fan. He made incredible sacrifices for his family. I was lucky to have him in my life, and every time I'm about to play another game, I'm thinking of him."">fanhouse.com


Ask most NHL players where they get their character and work ethic, and you'll hear warm and appreciative stories about moms and dads who drove them to hockey practices at five o'clock in the morning. Ask Zenon Konopka, the gritty and pugnacious fourth-line center of the New York Islanders, and he's got some story to tell about Zenon Konopka Sr.

"I play hockey and I scrap, and I guess people say I'm tough," said Konopka, who led the NHL last season with 33 fighting majors while a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. "But my dad ... now, he was tough. There isn't any comparison between what I do as a hockey player and what his life was all about."

Konopka's Polish-born father was three years old when Germany and later Russia invaded Poland at the start of World War II. Russian soldiers came to his family's home and said they would be placed in a concentration camp in Siberia.

"The way I understand the story," said the Islander, "my father's family was left on a train to Siberia for two straight weeks before it moved an inch. People got sick. People died all around them before they even left Poland."

His family was not spared; Konopka had relatives who died of starvation.

His grandfather and uncle were given a choice after Germany split from Russia: if they joined the battle against the Nazis, the Konopka family would be relocated to a safe location in Africa. They went to war while Zenon Konopka's father and aunts lived in Africa.

"Two of my aunts are still alive," said Konopka. "They follow my hockey career and they'll always be an inspiration to me."

Sadly, his father did not live to see Konopka play with the Lightning -- or even his four years as a teenager with the Ottawa 67s of the Ontario Hockey League.

"I was 13 years old," remembers Konopka, who was raised by his mother and father in Niagara-on-the-Lake. "I was supposed to go on a school trip to Quebec, but for some reason I couldn't understand, Dad insisted that I didn't go.

"He worked in a GM plant for 10 hours a day, but in the morning and at night, he worked on our family farm. One morning while I was sleeping, he was out on his tractor. He went to make a left turn on the road at the same time a car tried to pass him on the left. They crashed. My father fell out of the tractor, but the tractor landed on him and he passed away instantly."

Zenon Konopka Sr. was 58 years old. His son says it took him more than a decade before he could bring himself to discuss his death.

"It's still so hard," he says today. "My father was indestructible in my eyes. To me, he was the invincible man."

Zenon Konopka can talk about tragedy today because time has allowed him to see that his own story of a climb from the depths of the minors to the NHL is, in large part, a tale about his parents.

With his father gone, his mother Arlene ran the family farm with Zenon and his sisters before selling it when he left to play junior hockey. Through it all, Arlene still found time -- like most Canadian parents -- to drive Zenon to his hockey games and practices. The few lessons the young boy was unable to learn from his dad about work ethic, he saw every day in the actions of his mom. It's easy to see why Konopka never gave up on his NHL dream, a goal his father told everyone in Niagara-on-the-Lake was his destiny.

Those good years with the 67s did not earn Konopka an NHL or American League contract. He played for $300 a week in East Coast League in Wheeling, W.Va. He never stopped trying to reach the NHL. He won faceoffs and blocked shots, and if taking on every fighter who challenged or took liberties with a teammate in Wheeling or Scranton or Idaho or Cincinnati would also get the attention of scouts, it was a small price to pay.

"Courage is my grandfather and uncle fighting the Nazis, you know what I mean?" he says.

-Zenon Konopka Six years into his pro career, Konopka finally started to get noticed and taken seriously. He played his first 23 NHL games with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the 2005-06 season. The next year, he got an earnest look in the Columbus Blue Jackets organization, got in six NHL games and played for the aptly-named Syracuse Crunch of the AHL. On a team with a half-dozen guys willing to drop the gloves, Konopka could fight and play. After averaging 20 goals and 50 points over two full seasons in the AHL, the six-foot, 200-pound center got his first real chance in the NHL. In 74 games last season with Tampa Bay, Konopka had two goals, three assists and 265 penalty minutes.

The Islanders, admirers of his passion and grit for a while, gave him a one-way offer when he became an unrestricted free agent. More established in the NHL than he has ever been in his career, the 29-year-old Konopka isn't about to stop fighting and playing in memory of his father.

"I lost my dad when I was just 13 years old, but when I look back at those years, everything for him revolved around me," Konopka said the other day after an Islanders' practice. "I was talking to my older sisters about him a few years ago, asking them questions about dad. One of them joked, 'I think you knew him better than all of us. You were his life.' That really kind of blew me away.

"He was always there for me, taking me to hockey, taking me to baseball, being my biggest fan. He made incredible sacrifices for his family. I was lucky to have him in my life, and every time I'm about to play another game, I'm thinking of him."

view the original article at nhl.fanhouse.com