What Does Riley Manufacturing Do?

Originally a tool and die and metal fabrication shop, Riley Manufacturing’s focus was drastically changed when we became the first company to design and manufacture “safe” hockey goal frames.  Today our main area of business is manufacturing sports equipment and environments.  However, we are still open and available for other fabrication projects.

Why did Riley Manufacturing get into hockey and the NHL?

Our debut into the NHL occurred following a meeting with the 1984 NHL Board of Governors to introduce our Cush-Net™ Hockey Frame, which replaced the Art Ross Frame, and our innovative magnetic release system. Designed to ensure the safety of player of all ages, our revolutionary new system received unanimous approval and endorsement by all NHL teams. This approval consequently resulted in approval at every level of hockey, including the American Hockey League and the International Ice Hockey Federation.

Why should we use Riley Manufacturing?

You may be aware of products similar to ours but fabricated without the theory or expertise behind our designs. Our enhancements result from a long history in the development of our frames and from the input of managers and players alike.

Many “copy-cat” companies would be unable to tell you about the reasons behind changes to the designs of the bottom cushions, or why the present net ties are as they are. Some don’t even know why the frame is straight at the back as opposed to the old “3” shape, or why a modified 34” hockey goal frame design was necessary. Why is the net tighter now than it was in 1983? And finally, Why did the NHL change to our frame instead of continuing to use the Art Ross Frame?

How did Riley Manufacturing get into the Baseball/Softball business?

Following the success of our magnetic release system in hockey, we developed the Megg-Net™ SuperBase™ for baseball. The SuperBase™ system utilizes the same innovative magnetic release to prevent injury from the excessive force of heavy sliding. Any baseball player will tell you that sliding can be dangerous at the best of times, and even the most experienced players often receive injuries as a result of improper execution of the slide or faulty or erroneously assembled equipment. The Super Base attempts to address these problems, and with proper installation and upkeep of our system, baseball players can reduce the injuries that result from sliding into bases. The  Megg-Net™ SuperBase™ system can be used with all age/weight levels.

What is Riley Manufacturing planning on doing in the future?

Here at Riley Manufacturing we continue to improve and expand on our product lines to meet the growing demands of our customers. You may be familiar with our Inline, Recreational Hockey, Soccer and Lacrosse frames developed to compliment our Professional Hockey Frame and products line. We recently introduced, Cut Guard™ Netting, Ice Paints, a new transporter, new flexible urethane anchors, Lean Clean™ vinyl cleaner and spectator netting.  This past year we unveiled two revolutionary safety innovations to compliment our dasher board lineup, FlushMount™ Shield and FlexPost™.

Can I get a copy of your PowerPoint presentation on dressing the goals?

Contact us and ask for a copy of the PowerPoint Presentation and we will forward you a copy.

What is the difference between 34″ and 44″ goals? Why would I choose one over the other?

The measurement is the depth which for the NHL specification is 44″ deep. Some arenas need more room behind the net (particularly older arenas). If you could use the extra 20″ in storage or you need room behind the net for the players or the ice resurfacer, you might choose the 34″ deep, otherwise, most people choose the NHL spec. To see the NHL specs go to www.nhl.com and go into the rulebook.

What is special about the material we use for our cushions?

The material we use is specially treated to have an adequate cold crack value so that it won’t crack and break and therefore stick to the ice. It is very important that you do not push the goals across concrete because the harsh concrete rubs off this protective layer and leaves your cushions with a greater chance of sticking to the ice.

What is “cold crack”?

Cold crack is a value associated with various fabrics like PVC, and it references their ability to resist damage caused by the cold. In extreme temperatures, under certain conditions, there is the chance that the coating of a material will crack and break. Riley Manufacturing makes certain that the material we use has a cold crack rating that is more than suitable for use on the ice.

IMPORTANT: Do not drag or push the goals across the concrete as it wears off the protective coating of the cushions and increases the risk of the cushions sticking to the ice. Use a Cush-Net™ transporter to easily move your goals from one place to another off the ice.