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Helios Core

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The HELIOS Core is a performance sensor that mounts on your shoulder pads and uses AI and smart technology to automatically benchmark your skating stride and highlight your strengths and weaknesses to help you Get Better, Faster.

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The HELIOS metrics shown below are automatically monitored and calculated by the HELIOS Core device during the session when the athlete is skating (taking strides). The Core uses HELIOS' Stride Recognition Technology (SRT) to understand when the player is in active skating stride which gives a powerful context for delivering performance results to the HELIOS app.

helios App Metrics List
Helios Metrics
Helios Metrics
  • Stride Speed - the skating speed of the player in units of Miles Per Hour [MPH].
  • Agility - the rate of stride or foot speed of the skating player in units of Strides Per Minute [SPM].
  • Explosiveness - a measure of 'how quickly' the skating player gets going (e.g. think thrust/propulsion of the first strides) in units of g-force [g].
  • Balance - a ratio of Left and Right stride outputs across a session (e.g. what % of strides were Left vs. Right).
  • Stride Load - a count of strides for a given session in units of Strides [strides].
  • Active Time - the time actively spent skating in units of minutes [min].
  • Hustle Score - an intensity rating of this specific practice or game session compared to your typical practice or game session. Rated as Low (LOW), Average (AVG), High (HIGH).
  • Points - a number of points calculated from participation and individual performance against your individual baseline.
  • Heart Rate - the average heart rate in beats per minute [bpm]. *When a compatible heart rate device model is used.

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HELIOS is a membership-based service that includes everything you need to have a game-changing experience in one price. All new members get started the same way with our 6-month membership that includes the device, app access and premium features. During your first 6 months you'll get to try all of our premium features to fully experience what HELIOS has to offer. After your first 6 months you can choose which of our three tiers fits you best. The REC, ELITE and PRO tiers are designed to provide options.

Helios Membership Tiers

The HELIOS Sports App is currently available to download from the Apple App Store for iOS devices.

Download the Helios Core App!

Twist & Go
Mount this performance sensor on your shoulder pads and immediately track your key skating metrics including Speed, Agility, Explosiveness and Balance. The HELIOS Core seamlessly blends in with your gear and continuously tracks your performance hundreds of times per second.
Track you improvement over time and get breakdowns like Shift Analysis which automatically identifies and separates out your time on the ice during games. The Hustle Score feature rates your effort for a specific practice or game based on a personal baseline model that is automatically created for you during your first few sessions.
Earn points for every practice and game you play. Get rewarded when you do the work and earn extra points when you perform above your personal baseline. Compete with other players near and far on the HELIOS platform with Global, Org and Team Leaderboards.

Whats Included:


    a. Helios Core
    b. Twist Mount
    c. Extra Twist Adhesive
    d. Wireless Charging Pad
    e. USB Cable
    f. Strap Mount

Click the image below for The Helios Quick Start Guide

Helios Quick Start Guide

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


The HELIOS membership is a service that includes the Helios Core device, access to our mobile app software, and continuously-updated performance insights to help you improve.

HELIOS currently offers a 6-month Starter membership with the Helios Core device included through Pure Hockey online and in-store at 30 locations.

There is no minimum age requirement. However, based on how our technology has been tested, we typically recommend it for players who are 9+.

For users under 13 years old we have implemented a parent/guardian verification and consent process into the sign-up of our app. This allows a parent/guardian to be informed and grant permission.


HELIOS automatically tracks performance inside the Helios Core device and generates key performance insights in our mobile app.

The Helios Core uses a game-changing Stride Recognition Technology (SRT) that our team from MIT, Intel and the NHL developed to recognize left and right skating stride. This proprietary technology was developed using a technique called machine learning where thousands of hours of actual skating data was used to train the Core to know what skating stride looks like.

This is our basic building block that allows our product to be entirely smartphone-based and require zero-infrastructure enabling anyone to use it anywhere they skate.

We are currently tracking performance results, progress-over-time and percent rankings by birth year for four key skating metrics - Speed, Explosiveness, Agility and Balance. In addition to these metrics, we deliver Shift Analysis, Hustle Score (Low, Avg, High), Stride Count (per session and total all-time), Active Time and Heart Rate (HR) when a compatible HR device is used.

We are continuously developing new metrics that will be available to our members through a simple software update on their HELIOS App and Core when they are ready to use.

The Percent Rankings by Birth Year are continuously updated by a process that runs each night in the HELIOS cloud. It takes all of your data and compares it to all the data for everyone else in your birth year, then we tell you where you stand for each metric. This is you vs. all players in your birth year.

The app will automatically start to show Percent Rankings by Birth Year results once it is confident that it has enough data to represent your performance. This typically takes your first 5-10 sessions.

Highlighting your strengths and weaknesses is just one of our powerful features to help you improve your game.

The Hustle Score (Low, Avg, High) is a measure of your effort for a specific practice or game session. It is generated during the syncing process when the data from a specific practice or game is compared to your baseline model.

The app will automatically start to show Hustle Score results once it is confident that it has a good baseline model for your performance. This typically takes your first 5-10 sessions to build the baseline.

While the Helios Core itself does not track Heart Rate (HR) metrics, you can set it up to connect to an off-the-shelf HR strap or other device and we'll automatically grab the HR data with your skating performance data to show you a combined result in the Helios App. Think of Helios as bringing all the context you've never had when staring at graphs for beats per minute (bpm). Once setup you'll only need to use the Helios App for everything.

To setup one of the currently supported HR devices go inside our app to Settings > Devices and click the '+' in the top right.

Don't see your HR device? Just email us at [email protected]


HELIOS is currently available to Apple iOS users.

Our HELIOS Sports app is available on the Apple App store. Download Here

It's free to download and create a profile. Users can unlock full app access with a 6-month Starter membership that includes the Helios Core.

The Leaderboard, located on the Social tab inside the HELIOS app is a points-based ranking of weekly, monthly and all-time totals.

Players earn points in two ways - fixed points for completing a practice or game session (participation), and, variable points for how their performance for that specific practice or game compares to their individual baseline. The points are automatically computed at the end of each session along with a Hustle Score during the syncing process with the Helios cloud.

Compete with other high-performance players near and far on the HELIOS platform.

Yes. We specifically chose an approach in developing our mobile app that would allow us to support Android users. Currently we are planning to add Android support the second half of 2022.

The smartphone can be anywhere during the session and only needs to be close by when starting, stopping and syncing the session.

Once a practice or game session is started, users can leave the app running in the background on their phone and leave their phone in the locker room. The Helios Core saves your skating performance data locally until the next time it syncs with your smartphone.

Helios Core

This game-changing device was developed from the ground up by our team over several years to revolutionize performance improvement.

Yes, the Helios Core was specifically developed for use in both practices and games. It is currently being worn in full-contact games by AAA, Junior, College and Pro players. The device is robust as it is fully-overmolded and gets firmly mounted on the player's shoulder pads. We also have features like Shift Analysis which are unique to games.

No. The Helios Core and user profile on our App are configured to be uniquely linked one-per-player as it’s not so easy to switch the device from player-to-player while supporting the automatic features we are delivering. So each player (member) needs to have their own Core and user profile.

The Core is not yet recommended for goalies. While it would track a goalie's skating stride, we believe this is a limited use case at the moment. We are working on goalie-specific models and metrics that will ultimately provide a unique experience and greater value to goalies in the future. Stay tuned for updates.

No. There is one Helios Core size for players of all ages and sizes.

The Core measures 2.75 in x 2.25 in (7 cm x 5.7 cm).

The Core is currently trained to deliver metrics for skating stride. This also works for inline (rollerblading) stride.

We are continuously developing new metrics to support new use cases on and off the ice that will be available to our members through a simple software update on their HELIOS App and Core when they are ready to use.


The Helios Core was designed to be mounted on and used with your existing protective shoulder pads.

The Core can be mounted on your existing shoulder pads using either our Twist Mount or Strap Mount as described in the Quick Start Guide and videos on the Pure Hockey Helios product page. Both mounting options are included in each box for convenience and preference.

Yes. Both the Twist Mount and Strap Mount are very secure when mounted correctly.

For the Twist Mount, we spent months working with the world's leading manufacturer of tapes and adhesives to create a solution that would could be easily applied with hand pressure, hold strong during impacts and even be removed with a peeling approach if necessary.

For the Strap Mount, the included strap uses a standard hooks-and-loops approach (without naming the brand we all know) to securely wrap around a pillar on the center front or center back of the shoulder pads to hold it snuggly in place.


The Helios Core is wirelessly charged using a USB-powered wireless charging pad included in the box.

It typically takes 2-3 hours to fully charge the battery inside the Core.

The battery will typically last between 6-10 hours of active sessions (e.g. practices or games when the user is actively skating). The exact life depends on how much the device is being used with the smartphone.

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