Last year, the Hockey Wrap Around let you take your indoor composite stick outdoors without the fear of de-lamination or breaking down your blade. No more ABS blades. No more using broken down composite sticks. No longer picking up a stick that feels completely different than your normal stick. For those of you who didn’t hear about the Wrap Around last year, it used a strong, yet malleable metal with “teeth” to wrap around the bottom and toe of your stick. This protection allowed players to take their composite sticks to the streets, cement courts, or (mostly) wherever you wanted to take it. This had limitations though, the metal was unable to withstand the impact and force of slapshots and game play. So this year, Hockey Wrap Around came back with 3 new Wrap Arounds catered to meet the needs of your outdoor play.
The Wrap Around PRO with the new CCM RBZ Speedburner stick.
So what’s new for Hockey Wrap Around in 2015? Three new products: the Wrap Around 2.0 (also available in junior sizes), the Wrap Around PRO, and the Wrap Around Trainer. Let’s check out the three models.
Last week, I got the chance to chat with Warrior’s Brand Manager, Keith Perera about the new Warrior Dynasty HD Stick Line. Read below for some great, exclusive info on Warrior’s newest line of power-unleashing, mid-kick Dynasty HD Sticks!
The big change this year is all about your new HyperDrive Kick Point. What sorts of R&D (Research and Design) went into making it?
Keith Perera: Our partnership with the leading composites theory lab at a University in the USA has given us access to technology and design systems no other company has access to. This Lab has figured out a way to model composite material shapes/designs in computers and test them in a computer environments before even making a first part. This is a technology that allows for the FEA method. An engineering method that revolutionized the golf business and allowed physicists and engineers to push material and design concepts to the very limits of performance. Many don’t know that this was the real revolution in the golf business and is propelling Warrior to new horizons in technology. The University used these computer models to test load and durability on aerospace and defense composite projects, so hockey sticks was a new challenge to their group that they embraced.
So Mr. McDavid has been tearing up his young counterparts over at an Edmonton prospects scrimmage, putting up 5 goals (4 nasty and one own goal by the defense; but let’s face it, McDavid definitely planned it). Clearly showing his absolute dominance over players his age, the world is excited to see how he handles the show.
Now that Edmonton has a proven coach (proven, at least, to consistently get to the playoffs), a solid goaltender, and improved defense, there is no better time than the present for the Oilers to start making cup runs. Please save the arguments about Edmonton ruining 1st overall picks for another blog and I’ll refrain from referring to PPG production in comparison to players in the same draft class.
CCM quickly scooped McDavid up to join the CCM family. So as we dive into Connor McDavid’s hockey wardrobe, you should pretend to act a little surprised when we showcase his CCM equipment.
Stick: CCM RBZ Speedburner Read more…
Reebok Hockey’s social media accounts officially confirmed what we’ve been seeing over the last year or so: Reebok’s top hockey gear lines are moving to CCM. The Reebok RibCor sticks have turned into the CCM RibCor 40K, and more recently we’ve seen the release of the new CCM RibCor 50K skates. Now, it’s time for Reebok K-Series helmets to make the switch. The new line is called the CCM Fitlite and will feature the CCM Fitlite Helmet, the CCM FL80, the CCM FL60, and the CCM FL40. So, let’s take a look at the features of the new CCM Fitlite hockey helmet.
Two teams left: the best of the best. We have done quite a few blogs that break down NHL players’ equipment choices. Granted, these players could be wearing mittens, playing with pieces of firewood and skating on shoes with knives taped to the bottom, and still skate circles around us. So, what’s the point of doing these blogs? There are a few reasons. Aside from the players with brand contracts, players generally choose their equipment. So for a player with free or relatively inexpensive gear at their disposal, players have the opportunity to find the best possible gear for them. That said, their gear choice is completely dependent on the players’ preference and therefore rather irrelevant to us. By taking a step back and looking at teams as a whole, we can start to see trends and tendencies of players. When you see many players or a type of player shifting toward one glove, stick, helmet or skate, then we have a statistic worth seeing. Also, it’s interesting to see if NHL players use the same stick that you do.
*Note: Players dressing in any one of the first three games were recorded*
Back in 2012, CCM presented us with a radically different stick now known as the RBZ. It was followed by its successor, the RBZ Stage 2 in 2013 and the RBZ SuperFast in 2014; but 2015 is the year of the RBZ SpeedBurner. Each of the first three generations of RBZ have featured a new internal blade design but this year we’ll see the big change in the hosel.
Here we are in the middle of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs. For some of us it has been a stressful month rooting for your team; while for others it has been simply a relaxing time spent watching hockey played at its finest. Whether or not you still have a vested interest in the outcome of the playoffs, here’s a little something that all hockey players can relate to no matter the playoff situation, hockey sticks.
In the past we’ve done a lot of breakdowns of stick usage depending on the number of goals scored. This time we stepped back and broke it down a little differently. Don’t worry, we’ll still total everything up for you. See? Here you go.
- 55.4% mid-kickpoint sticks
- 44.6% low-kickpoint sticks
Just note that these percentages are for the “top” players in the playoffs right now. By “top” we mean players who have acquired 4 or more points in the course of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs.
As the best hockey retailer out there, we often get a lot of questions about which stick you should buy. Way too many times, people assume that they need a certain kind of stick depending on what position they play. While it plays a factor, the real deciding variable is simply the shooting style (for more information about the different kickpoints in hockey sticks, check out this blog). So, we decided to break down the stick usage first by player position, then brand, stick line, and finally kickpoints.
With the first round of the playoffs over, goaltending has once again been the most important factor in determining who goes on and who goes golfing. Let’s take an objective look at the top 5 starting goaltenders and I will attempt to rank them based on their career statistics and current play, while also highlighting some of the gear they wear.
Honorable mention: Jonas Hiller
Hiller has always been a good goaltender whom, despite posting a very solid .917 SV% in 350 starts, has managed to fly under the radar. Hiller has been dominant in his limited postseason experience, posting a .932 SV% in 32 games played. As a goalie who spends 99% of the game in the butterfly position, every team should follow the lame advice that Eddy Olczyk spews ad nauseam, and “elevate the puck”! Read more…
Coming late 2015, we’ll see the debut of the third generation Nexus Stick Line, with the Nexus 1N leading the charge. Players such as Anze Kopitar, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Dougie Hamilton, Chris Kreider and Brad Richards have been caught with the 1N in their mitts. The Nexus 8000 is one of my current favorites in my rotation, there’s a lot to like about such a well rounded kick point. The Tru-Mid Kick Point, as Bauer calls it, provides a low-kick-like quick release because it doesn’t take much to load it up, but then it still supplies more than enough power when you really need to crank out a hard shot.
Last year I wrote a blog about socks, thinking that it was a once per employment blog topic. So here I am nearly a year later, eagerly (actually not sarcasm) about to write another sock blog. The sock that we’re taking a look at is the Swiftwick Cut-Resistant Comp Socks. Swiftwick designs and manufactures socks for a variety of sports ranging from running to skiing. Though you may not have heard of them prior to a few seconds ago, these socks have found their way into all 30 NHL locker rooms. Let’s take a look.
Swiftwick’s Cut-Resistant Socks set themselves apart from the competition by their light weight and low-profile fit. Hockey is already a dangerous sport without thinking about the fact that we are essentially skating with knives on our feet. The highest profile incident ocurred last year when Erik Karlsson took a skate blade to the achilles tendon, severing it for a season-long injury. Of course, there is also the Drew Miller skate-to-the-face incident last week. Swiftwick believes that players should focus on the game rather than sharp objects; also that this additional protection shouldn’t come at the cost of comfort and performance. Some other cut-resistant socks are known to be bulkier and heavier, meaning that there is a little less skate feel and a decrease in comfort. Swiftwick’s socks to an excellent job reducing the bulk for a thinner sock thanks to their HG fibers. Where some socks use Kevlar for cut-resistance, Swiftwick uses their HG fibers in the achilles and tibial tendon areas. You can see it in action here.