KITCHENER – It’s a telltale sign that screams ‘A hockey player lives here.’
But a pockmarked garage door with more dimples than a golf ball doesn’t do much for the home’s curb appeal.
Enter The SportScreen, a power roll-up training screen/garage door protector that can handle just about anything you could shoot, kick or throw its way.
“The pure convenience factor is what we sell,” says Mark Shaver, who co-owns the Kitchener business with Russ Lennon.
There are other door protectors on the market, but those tarp-like products generally need to be put up and taken down each time they’re used.
The SportScreen comes with a remote that raises or lowers the screen in about 18 seconds, and it’s designed for year-round use.
It can be used when the garage door is open or closed, and is available in standard and custom sizes up to about six metres (20 feet) wide.
Shaver and Lennon both grew up playing hockey – and both grew up putting dents in their parents’ garages.
Shaver – who runs Shaver Industries, which specializes in systems that protect people and industrial equipment from a host of hazards – was already working on a SportScreen prototype when the discussion turned to hockey a few years ago at a Rotary Club luncheon.
Shaver’s son had already broken a window in their garage door with a puck.
Lennon told Shaver how his son and a cousin had just punched a hole clean through their wooden door while they were practising.
The only product Lennon could find at the time was “basically a blind…