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All-Star Skills – What Did the Winners Wear?

January 26th, 2015 Comments off

Well the All-Star weekend has come and gone, and there certainly were some moments to remember (insert reminiscing). I’ll forego recapping our favorite moments and skip to the content. Personally, the skills competition is more enjoyable to watch than the game itself, so we decided to break down the gear of the skills winners: Jonathan Drouin, Shea Weber, Patrick Kane, and Ryan Johansen. Honorable mention to the eventual skills champion Team Foligno; though we are not going to break down each player on the team. Team Foligno, we honor you. Moving on…

nhl-skills-web-13It was hilarious and awesome to see The Phil beat out Tyler Seguin in the fastest skater competition, but eventually the young speedster, Jonathan Drouin, was crowned as the fastest skater. At first glance, you can see that Drouin is head-to-toe CCM. The jets of choice for the young man are the CCM Tacks Skates. Nicely complementing the skates is the CCM Tacks Stick held by the traditional CCM 4-Roll gloves. To top it off, Drouin protects the brain with the CCM Resistance Helmet.

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Categories: NHL

New Year’s Sneak Peek: What Sticks to Look for in 2015

January 2nd, 2015 Comments off

Happy new year and welcome to 2015. It’s still early in January, so hopefully your resolutions are still… resolute. Anyways, here we are at the start of the year and we have a lot to look forward to stick-wise. Bauer already kicked us off strong with the pre-sale launch of the new Bauer Vapor 1X Stick, so we thought that it would be awesome to take a quick look at what other sticks 2015 has in store for us. We can’t go into a lot of detail about the timeline of product launches, but let’s take a look the 2015 hockey sticks. We’ve thrown in pictures that the various brands have already released of the equipment.

Bauer Vapor 1X Stick – Available for pre-order now and ships out 2/13. The big technological change comes with the Quick Release Taper which gives shifts the Vapor line to a true low kick point stick.  Check out our Bauer 1X Stick blog for more info.

Warrior Dynasty HD1 Stick – The next step in the Warrior Dynasty mid-kick lineup. We had a chance to test the HD1 out on the ice already, and it thoroughly impressed us. Keep an eye out for it. Read more…

Categories: IW

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

December 17th, 2014 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

Top Scoring Players’ Sticks Thus Far (Fall 2014)

November 18th, 2014 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

CCM Tacks vs. RibCor vs. RBZ Sticks

October 10th, 2014 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

Test Review: Wrap Around Stick Protector

August 28th, 2014 Comments off

IW just received the the Wrap Around Hockey Stick Protector! You can find it online here.

It’s about time that someone invented and mass produced something like this. Concrete of all kinds are known for eating composite sticks alive. All hockey players can now take to the streets with their good sticks without fear of delaminating, cracking, or otherwise breaking the blade. Outdoor training is a great tool for improvement; but using a heavy shaft with an ABS blade just is not the same. The Wrap Around protects the blade from the (reasonable & expected) dangers of the outside world. With a strong metal alloy construction, it covers the heel of the blade all the way to the top of the toe.

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Essentials for the Off-Season

July 31st, 2014 Comments off

Here we are, right in the middle of summer and we’ve made it this far without the NHL or your competitive hockey season… For a lot of us, it has meant countless trips to the golf course, hours on hours of NHL ’14, beer league hockey games, thumb twiddling, and work. As I’m writing this during the latter, I’d like to pass along some tips for how to pass the rest of the off-season productively.

1. Growing up, one of my buddies had a net and SportCourt in his driveway. The net was backed up by the garage door and the garage door initially worked before he set everything up. We used to go out there, throw the shooter tutor on and play a game we called “5 corners.” While trying to pick corners, often our shots sailed high or wide and nailed the garage door over & over & over. Eventually the automatic garage failed and the door itself stood there battered and bruised. It looked like Phil Kessel had a go at it with his axe. There was also a broken window incident, but it wasn’t me :).

Available at http://www.icewarehouse.com/descpage.html?pcode=EZGOALCOMBO

The off-season essential here is something my buddy didn’t have (besides foresight and accuracy). I’ll let the picture speak for itself. Unless your shot is super incredibly inaccurate, the EZ Goal with Backstop and Targets is a solid investment to protect anything that you and your neighbors may not want struck by errant clappers.

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Categories: Hockey Lifestyle

Sneak Preview: CCM Tacks Inline Skates

July 14th, 2014 Comments off

The CCM Tacks ice hockey skates are shipping out on Friday, July 18th and the return of the legendary Tacks skates are exciting people everywhere! Well, almost everywhere… Roller hockey players have been sitting back and watching the ice players eagerly receive the return of their beloved skate line. Here is a public service announcement: ATTENTION ROLLER HOCKEY PLAYERS; the Tacks are coming back to you too.

CCM Tacks Inline Boot

For the most part, the CCM Tacks inline hockey skates mirror the Tacks ice skates in terms of boot construction. The CCM Tacks ice hockey skates are designed to give a player the fastest first 5 strides in hockey. Just like the ice skates, the CCM Tacks roller hockey skates feature the AttackFrame technology in the quarter package for explosive acceleration. This AttackFrame uses carbon fiber stiffeners in key areas to maximize energy transfer, resulting in explosiveness. The quarter package also has an aggressive forward pitch that comfortably places you foot on the balls of your feet, which sets you up in the fastest stance. Internally, the Tacks Skates use a Formula T6 Pro Core that creates more support, stability and stiffness for the boot. Turning the skate over, CCM puts the finishing touch on the boot with their extra stiff carbon fiber outsole.

CCM knew if you can’t be comfortable in your high-performance skate, then it might as well be the lower end… This is why they use their pro-spec Dual Zone Clarino Liner that can take a beating while also keeping your feet dry. The Clarino helps to prevent foot slippage inside the boot and it protects the heaven-like, heat-moldable foams that house your feet.

Aesthetically speaking, the CCM Tacks roller uses the same look as the ice hockey skates, with the exception of an extra protective layer on the outside of the forefoot to protect against the normal wear and tear of playing roller.

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Categories: Hockey Skate Reviews

IW Now Carries Stable 26 Skate Socks

July 2nd, 2014 Comments off

Since I began writing blogs for IW a couple years ago, I never thought I’d see the day where I write a blog about a sock – today’s the day. I mean, what could there be to write about a piece of cloth that provides a barrier between your foot and the boot? Let’s find out. If you’ve purchased many a pair of new skates over the years, undoubtedly you’ve run into ill-fitting skates causing pain, blisters, pressure points, callouses, and Bauer bumps (aka Haglund’s Deformity to the non-hockey players). The Stable 26 skate socks are the solution.

Stable 26 is not a new name to the sporting footwear world, with experience in golf, skiing, and running. Stable 26 may be a new name to you, and a little confusing to those unfamiliar with the 26 structural support bones in the human foot. The Stable 26 skate socks provide the optimal fit, support, and protection in order to improve a player’s performance. Recently introduced to the hockey world, Ottawa Senators’ Norris Trophy winning defenseman, Erik Karlsson, hopped on board: “Fit and stability [are] so important for me. Stable 26 technology has given me the comfort in my skates to perform at the highest level.”

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Exclusive: What Gear are the Stanley Cup Finalists Using?

June 6th, 2014 Comments off

We’re down to the last series of the season, where the best of the best duel it out on the cold, hard ice to determine who has the honor to hoist Lord Stanley’s cup. As hockey players and fans, we have the opportunity to watch the players and smile when we notice these incredible players using the same equipment as us. For others of us, it saddens us to realize the full potential of our gear and how our sticks or skates will never perform that way… Anyways, IW took a look at all of the players with ice time during game one of the Stanley Cup final. Looking at the 18 New York Rangers and the 18 Los Angeles Kings that stepped foot on the ice last Wednesday, we see some shocking and not so shocking trends in gear usage.

Bauer anyone? 42% (15 players) of the players hold Bauer Sticks, 61% (22 players) put their hands in Bauer gloves, 58% (21 players) rock the Bauer helmets, and only 86% (31 players) skate around on Bauer skates. Easton takes second in the stick category with 36% Read more…

Categories: NHL