Vladimir Tarasenko: Player of the Day/Season(?)

December 17th, 2014 Chris Comments off

While not new to the NHL, Tarasenko is new to the spotlight. Vladimir Tarasenko really burst out of mediocracy in the 2014 – 2015 season, netting 20 goals for the St. Louis Blues thus far. I don’t mean to insult this young man’s first two seasons in the NHL, but this season starts the new chapter for Tarasenko. This young Russian is on his way to superstardom. — Also, being mediocre in the NHL is still an unbelievable accomplishment. — At this point in the season, the 23 year old is tied for second in scoring, tied for fourth in points, and sits in second for the highest +/-. So why is he the player of the day today? Last night (12/16/14), Tarasenko put three biscuits in the basket against the LA Kings for his second hat trick of the season. So, we are going to take a look at some of the weapons and armor that allow him to do what he does best.

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Categories: NHL, Player Profile

Important Holiday Shipping Deadlines

December 15th, 2014 Chris Comments off

We’re coming down the final stretch of the holiday season and it’s crunch time. Chances are that you have yet to complete your shopping (if you have, go read one of our other posts … or just celebrate the fact that you’re ahead of the curve). We’ll have a few recommendations for your shopping below, but first here are some important shipping deadlines.

1. Ground Shipping: 12/17

The last day for orders placed via UPS ground shipping to arrive before Christmas: December 17th by 2:30 PST. Unless you live closer to CA; though, ground times are not guaranteed after 12/17. To help with the holiday wallet, IW offers free shipping on orders over $50. With the exception of goalie pads, hockey nets, wheeled bags, and other items that are abnormally sized or deemed “too heavy.” The standard shipping charges will apply.

2. 2-Day Shipping: 12/22

December 22nd by 2:30 PST is the latest that you can order and still guarantee delivery by the big day. For a limited time, everything above the $100 mark can be shipped 2-day air for a flat rate of $15, just for the holiday season. Again, with the exception of the large and heavy.

3. Overnight Shipping: 12/23

Overnight a package by December 23th at 2:30 PST and it will arrive on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, there is not a promotion to help out the very last minute shoppers (or procrastinators).

And for all of the visual learners…

We are running a 20% off holiday sale with the coupon GIFT20! If you have any issues with this, give us a call at 800.366.3070 and we’ll try to work you through it. If you’re feeling uninspired while shopping, then check out our gift guides for ideas from trinkets to treasures.

We know that this may be a hectic time for you; but just sit back and relax, enjoy the time you have with the people around you, and have the happiest of holidays. Best wishes from the IW crew.

Categories: IW

Custom Jerseys Are Now Available at IW!

December 12th, 2014 Jake Comments off

Interested in designing some new jerseys for your team? Want to pick one up for yourself? Look no further as IW offers a variety of different jersey processes so you can get the right look for the right price. With multiple options, you can pick your jersey and logo and add your names and numbers for a low cost and get exactly what you asked for. Today, I’m going to go through the process of using the jersey customizer and the multiple variations of jerseys to choose from. Read more…

Categories: IW

Top Scoring Players’ Sticks Thus Far (Fall 2014)

November 18th, 2014 Chris Comments off

Here we are again – a little over a month into the NHL season and we have a new(ish) set of scoring leaders. To go along with those leaders, are their weapons of choice. Once again, IW broke down the scorers into the top 23 goal producers (anyone with 8 goals or more as of 11/18) and took a closer look at the weapons of mass production. Before we start, it’s important to look at the implications. There aren’t any. The back of the net can’t be found based on the stick you use. Give players like Seguin and Stamkos a Mylec street hockey stick and they’ll still be up there on the top 20 list. I will say this… It is nice to look down at your stick and realize that it’s the same one that one of these NHL all stars is using to light the lamp. Or you could pick and choose your favorite all star and go for the stick (or stick line) that they use.

Also, for the sake of simplicity, the sticks are broken down by stick line. There are some players using previous models of sticks, for instance, the Easton Stealth S19, the Bauer Supreme NXG, and the Reebok RibCor.

*These are the goal leaders as of the afternoon of November 18th.*

Tyler Seguin, Steven Stamkos, and Rick Nash all lead the pack with 12 goals a piece, with Phil Kessel and Corey Perry trailing one goal behind.

Seguin and his trusty Bauer Nexus 8000 are leading the way in goals with 36. Joining Seguin (12) in the Nexus family are Brock Nelson (8), Nino Niederreiter (8), and Clarke MacArthur (8).

Second in goal totals is the Warrior Covert line with 32 thanks to goal scoring superstars such as Gustav Nyquist (8), Blake Wheeler (8), Joe Pavelski (8), and Max Pacioretty (8).

The Easton Synergy line buried 28 goals by the hands of Rick Nash, Chris Kunitz, and Ryan Callahan.

The CCM (and Reebok) Ribcor stick line came next with 26 goals because of Vladimir Tarasenko, Joel Ward, and Tyler Toffoli.

There is a three way tie for the 20 goal marker: the Easton Stealth (yes, from way back in the day), the Easton V9 Elliptical Series (including the brand new V9E Elite), and the Bauer Supreme lines.

Next the Bauer Vapor sticks, or more specifically the APX2 with 10 goals.

Then the Warrior Dynasty AX1 with 9 goals.

Then the CCM Tacks stick came in with 8 goals.

So there you have it. Did your stick crack the 8-goal threshold? Comment below and let us know what you think.

Categories: Hockey Stick Reviews

2014 Limited Edition Sticks – Bauer, CCM, Easton and Sher-Wood

November 18th, 2014 Chase Comments off

Ice Warehouse Limited Edition Hockey Sticks - Bauer, CCM, Easton and Sherwood

It’s been one of the most competitive years in the hockey stick industry, which players everywhere have greatly benefited from. Now the only thing better than having a huge variety of sick twigs available, is being able to pick up your favorite stick in a sweet new color scheme. So today we’ll be taking an individual look at all of the limited edition twigs that are available, plus we’ll touch on a few key features per stick.

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Categories: Hockey Stick Reviews

Sneak Peek: Easton V9E & V9T Elite Sticks

November 7th, 2014 Chase Comments off

Since joining his new team and leaving his old linemate Evgeni Malkin behind, James Neal has thrived at finding the back of the net. While we all know a new stick isn’t going to make an amateur snipe like The Great One, sometimes picking up new pine can be a quick and effective confidence booster. Especially if you find success early and often with the new pick up.

As seen in the picture below, Neal is using the Easton V9E Elite stick, which is just one of the two limited edition Easton Velocity Elite Edition Sticks. The V9E Elite is the flagship LE stick that’s followed by the V9T Elite Stick. Both models showcase the signature elliptical taper that has proven to be one of the quickest releasing twigs on the market. Besides it’s release, I really like the enhanced puck feel it provides, to me it’s a significant difference and improvement from the standard taper that’s found on the V9, V7 and V3 sticks.

Ice Warehouse Easton Velocity V9E Elite Stick

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Categories: Hockey Stick Reviews

Product Review: Bownet Hockey Goals

November 7th, 2014 Jake Comments off

The hockey season is in full swing (unlike baseball) and there is no better time than the present to get extra training in, so you can lock in your first line spot for the season and excel above the competition. You may have other training aids like the Smart Hockey Ball, Fast Hands Stickhandling aid or the Hockey Wrap Around, but you’re forgetting about an all-purpose easy-to-use hockey goal. Well, lucky for you the brand new Bownet is another great training aid to add to your arsenal this coming season, and there is good reason for it. Read more…

Categories: Hockey Lifestyle

Tech Review: Alkali RPD Max+ and Shift+ Skates

October 27th, 2014 Chase Comments off

The new RPD + Skates just hit the shelves and are look to push Alkali to another strong year of growth and prosperity in the roller hockey game. While the product’s name change is minor, the innovation and update each model features is not. Alkali’s goal with this new line is to improve and elevate on their previous RPD Line, which had been their biggest success in the skate market to date. Today, we’ll be highlighting significant upgrades and key features on their top two price points; the Alkali RPD Max+ ($649.99 for a senior pair) and the Alkali RPD Shift+ ($399.99 for a senior pair).

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Categories: Hockey Skate Reviews

Coming Soon: Bauer Nexus 8000 & 4000 Limited Edition Sticks

October 15th, 2014 Chase Comments off

Bauer is dishing out another round of sweet limited edition twigs, this time coming in the Nexus 8000 and 4000 sticks. As per usual, the Nexus 8000 and 4000 LE Sticks will have the exact same performance features as the originals. This Nexus Family features a Tru-Mid Kick Flex Profile, ideal for the players who are looking for a balance of a lightning quick shot release backed with a lot of power.

Bauer Nexus 8000 Limited Edition Stick

The Nexus 8000 LE features the premier TeXtreme Carbon Fiber that is one of the lightest and strongest of it’s kind on the market today. Bauer reinforced the 8000 LE with eLASTech Resin that keeps it feeling newer, longer. eLASTech also helps to keep microfractures from spreading or growing, greatly increasing the overall durability. The PowerSense Blade Technology is a big upgrade from the previous Nexus 1000. PowerSense provides players with a much more enhanced feel for the puck while also preventing chips from forming on the edges after digging in the corners or given a quick ice-tap celly.

Ice Warehouse Bauer Nexus 8000 Limited Edition Hockey Stick

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Categories: Hockey Stick Reviews

CCM Tacks vs. RibCor vs. RBZ Sticks

October 10th, 2014 Chris Comments off

The October 31st launch of the new CCM RibCor 40K gives CCM their third stick line. As CCM has (re)made a name for itself in the stick market over the last few years, its usage across the NHL, competitive leagues, and beer leagues continues to climb steadily. Now three of the top stick companies each produce three separate lines. Bauer’s lineup includes two mid-kickpoint (Supreme & Nexus) lines and a dual-kickpoint (Vapor) stick line {- click here to read the blog breakdown of the Bauer stick lines -}. Easton’s line carries two low-kickpoint (Velocity V9 & V9E) sticks and one mid-kickpoint (Synergy) stick. CCM joins in the mix with one low-kickpoint (RibCor), one mid-kickpoint (Tacks), and one variable kick-point (RBZ). Also if you are wondering about the differing kickpoints, check out our kickpoint blog: here.

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Categories: Hockey Stick Reviews