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Team Europe: World Cup of Hockey Equipment Breakdown

Team Europe defied the odds and a lot of speculation to make it to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey finals. Personally, I didn’t see them going very far in the tournament but here they are. With Team North America eliminated (not making playoffs despite going 2-1 and defeating the top seeded team in the pool; i.e. poor tournament formatting), I don’t really care who wins. I’m just hoping for some awesome hockey to watch while we wait for the NHL season.

As we did with the Team North America equipment blog, we’ll review the sticks, skates, gloves and helmets.

Quick note on the equipment – gloves and helmets aren’t going to be 100% correct. There were a decent amount of players using pro-stock gloves, so I chose the closest existing line. As for helmets, we only broke it down as far as the helmet lines. So when it says Bauer RE-AKT, the helmet can be the RE-AKT 100, RE-AKT 75 or the original RE-AKT. The same goes for the CCM Resistance; it can be any helmet from the CCM Resistance helmet lineup, from top of the line to the cheapest.

Tobias Reider

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The 23 year old German sounds like he isn’t going to be reporting to the Coyotes after the World Cup, so we’ll see what ends up happening with him.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: CCM RBZ Speedburner
  • Gloves: CCM Crazy Lights
  • Helmet: CCM FitLite

Nino Niederreiter

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Nino’s a Swiss Bauer man.

  • Skates: Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Stick: Bauer Nexus 1N
  • Gloves: Bauer Supreme MX3
  • Helmet: Bauer 4500

Marian Gaborik

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Sadly for some, Gaborik is out for the championship and the beginning of the NHL season with a broken foot.

  • Skates: Bauer Nexus
  • Stick: Easton Synergy HTX
  • Gloves: Easton Pro 4-Roll
  • Helmet: Bauer 4500

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare

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The frenchman with an extremely French name will be exciting to watch in Philly in the years to come.

  • Skates: CCM JetSpeed
  • Stick: CCM RibCor Trigger
  • Gloves: CCM Tacks
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Mats Zuccarello

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The short and speedy Norwegian is always fun to watch. It’s also equally amusing to see him standing next to teammate, Zdeno Chara.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Easton Stealth CX
  • Gloves: Bauer Vapor Pro
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Thomas Vanek

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Thomas Vanek will be headed to the Red Wings after the World Cup.

  • Skates: CCM Super Tacks
  • Stick: Warrior Dynasty HD1
  • Gloves: Warrior Covert QRL
  • Helmet: CCM FitLite

Tomas Tatar

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Tomas Tatar is another player heading back to Detroit.

  • Skates: CCM RibCor 50K
  • Stick: CCM RibCor Trigger
  • Gloves: CCM Pro Stock
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Frans Nielsen

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Also headed to the Red Wings. It’ll be a lot of fun to see this speedster join the team in Detroit.

  • Skates: Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Stick: Easton Stealth CX
  • Gloves: STX Surgeon
  • Helmet: Warrior Krown

Anze Kopitar

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Mr. Slovenia, the captain. Kopi is a Bauer man and such a pleasure to watch.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Bauer Nexus 1N
  • Gloves: Bauer Nexus
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Marian Hossa

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The 37 year old Hossa is still a beast.

  • Skates: CCM RibCor 50K
  • Stick: CCM RibCor Trigger
  • Gloves: CCM 4-Rolls
  • Helmet: CCM FitLite

Jannik Hansen

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Jannik is a Danish 30 year old playing for the Canucks.

  • Skates: Jannik Hansen
  • Stick: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Gloves: CCM 4-Roll
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Leon Draisaitl

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Draisaitl is a young German who I envy because of his time playing with Connor McDavid last year.

  • Skates: CCM RibCor 50K
  • Stick: Warrior Dynasty HD1
  • Gloves: Warrior Dynasty AX1
  • Helmet: CCM FitLite

Mikkel Boedker

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The speedy Boedker will be heading to help the NHL runner-up’s make another cup run.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Warrior Covert QRL
  • Gloves: Warrior Covert
  • Helmet: Easton Synergy

Luca Sbisa

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He’s an Italian-born Swiss citizen, so he’s truly a Team Europe player.

  • Skates: Bauer Nexus
  • Stick: Bauer Nexus 1N
  • Gloves: Bauer Supreme MX3
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Christian Ehrhoff

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This  German defenseman cannot take a good picture…

  • Skates: VH Footwear
  • Stick: CCM RBZ Revolution
  • Gloves: Warrior Covert QRL
  • Helmet: Bauer 4500

Mark Streit

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Streit is rocking the new 2016 Easton Synergy GX!

  • Skates: Bauer Supreme MX3
  • Stick: Easton Synergy GX
  • Gloves: Easton Synergy
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Andrej Sekera

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Sekera is going to continue to man the Edmonton blue line this upcoming season.

  • Skates: Bauer Nexus
  • Stick: Easton Stealth CX
  • Gloves: Warrior Dynasty AX1
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Dennis Seidenberg

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German, Bruin defenseman.

  • Skates: Bauer Supreme MX3
  • Stick: Bauer Nexus 1N
  • Gloves: Bauer Nexus
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Roman Josi

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Josi is another D-man that’s so much fun to watch.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Gloves: CCM KFS
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Zdeno Chara

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Big Z is a Warrior man! And a big one at that.

  • Skates: Bauer Supreme MX3
  • Stick: Warrior Dynasty HD1
  • Gloves: Warrior Dynasty AX1
  • Helmet: Warrior Krown

Results

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Once again, the Bauer Vapor 1X are at the top of the list, but closely followed by the rest of the Bauer skate families.

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And the stick results…


Nearly all of these great equipment is available at the best hockey retailer online: Inline & Ice Warehouse.

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Team North America Hockey Gear: What are the Young Guns Wearing?

Say what you will about the World Cup of Hockey, but you have to admit that watching Team North America is incredible. The best 23 & under players from US and Canada playing for the same team is just plain ridiculous. These guys are the future of the NHL with their speed and talent, ushering in a new style of hockey. So we decided to breakdown what these guys are wearing for their gloves, skates, sticks, and helmets.

Granted, more than a few of these future all-stars are a part of a brand’s team so that will skew the numbers a bit. It’s still interesting to see if you’re using the same setup as some of these pros.

A quick note on the equipment – gloves and helmets aren’t going to be 100% correct. There were a decent amount of players using pro-stock gloves, so I chose the closest existing line. As for helmets, we only broke it down as far as the helmet lines. So when it says Bauer RE-AKT, the helmet can be the RE-AKT 100, RE-AKT 75 or the original RE-AKT. The same goes for the CCM Resistance; it can be any helmet from the CCM Resistance helmet lineup, from top of the line to the cheapest.

(Check out World Cup of Hockey shirts at IW Hockey)

Connor McDavid

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No surprises here. He’s the new poster-child for CCM and the equipment he’s chosen lines up perfectly with his style of play. Side note: his pro-stock gloves are most similar to the QLT family.

  • Skates: CCM JetSpeed Skates
  • Stick: CCM Super Tacks
  • Gloves: CCM QuickLite Gloves
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Johnny Gaudreau

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Here’s a little bit of a surprise. Johnny Hockey used to be rocking the full Bauer setup, but here we see a little Warrior introduced into the mix.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Warrior Dynasty HD1
  • Gloves: Warrior Covert QRL
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Nathan MacKinnon

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Another CCM man through and through, MacKinnon is showcasing the brand new CCM RibCor Trigger ASY. And again, we see another set of pro-stock gloves.

  • Skates: CCM JetSpeed
  • Stick: CCM RibCor Trigger ASY
  • Gloves: CCM Crazy Light
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Jack Eichel

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Absolutely no surprises here. Eichel is Bauer’s newest Supreme guy, so of course he’ll be all 1S’ and MX3s.

  • Skates: Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Stick: Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Gloves: Bauer Supreme MX3
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Auston Mathews

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Bauer’s latest addition to the family is the #1 overall from 2016, Auston Matthews. Expect a lot of hype about this Arizonan.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Bauer Nexus 1N
  • Gloves: Bauer Nexus 1N
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Dylan Larkin

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The fastest skater in the league, according to the 2016 NHL fastest skater competition at the All-Star game, is flying on the explosive Bauer Supreme 1S skates.

  • Skates: Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Stick: Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Gloves: Bauer Supreme MX3
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Brandon Saad

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Saad’s a Warrior man, wearing as much of their equipment as he can. To be honest, I forgot that Saad was still young enough to play on Team North America.

  • Skates: Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Stick: Warrior Dynasty HD1
  • Gloves: Warrior Dynasty AX1
  • Helmet: Warrior Krown

Sean Couturier

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Speaking of people who I thought were too old. Couturier is a mixed bag in terms of his equipment.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Easton Stealth CX
  • Gloves:Warrior Covert QRL
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Jonathan Drouin

 

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I apologize for this picture of Drouin. To be fair, it would have looked even stranger if we didn’t blur out Gibson. It looked like they were having such a nice moment.

  • Skates: CCM JetSpeed
  • Stick: CCM Super Tacks
  • Gloves: CCM QuickLite
  • Helmet: CCM FitLite

J.T. Miller

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STX! STX! One of two STX players on Team North America and he’s rocking the new STX Surgeon RX2. The RX2 is the stick that features all-new shaft dimension designed to best fit the shape of the hand and provide more surface area for control.

  • Skates: CCM RibCor 50K
  • Stick: STX Surgeon RX2
  • Gloves: STX Surgeon
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

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Nugent-Hopkins is rocking the Super Tacks setup with the QLT gloves and Resistance bucket.

  • Skates: CCM Super Tacks
  • Stick: CCM Super Tacks
  • Gloves: CCM QuickLite
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Mark Scheifele

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Scheifele also going full Bauer at the tournament. Proudly displaying the new Nexus 1N stick.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Bauer Nexus 1N
  • Gloves: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Vincent Trocheck

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STX player number 2! Featuring the new RX2 stick with Surgeon gloves, just like the J.T. Miller setup.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: STX Surgeon RX2
  • Gloves: STX Surgeon
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Aaron Ekblad

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Sadly, Ekblad’s tournament comes to a close with a mild concussion. He was rocking the 2016 Vapor 1X stick with Vapor gloves and skates.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Gloves: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Shayne Gostisbehere

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The Ghost Bear is a Bauer guy!

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Bauer Nexus 1N
  • Gloves: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Seth Jones

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Big D-man playing for Columbus is a CCM player, if you couldn’t tell.

  • Skates: CCM Super Tacks
  • Stick: CCM Super Tacks
  • Gloves: CCM Crazy Light
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Ryan Murray

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When researching, I found that Ryan Murray is extremely photogenic. Also, he’s a bit of an outlier in terms of the gear he uses. He has the popular custom VH skates, but still using the Easton Stealth CX with Easton gloves.

  • Skates: VH Custom
  • Stick: Easton Stealth CX
  • Gloves: Easton Pro 10
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Colton Parayko

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The huge 6’6″ Parayko is a fan of Warrior. He’s been using a sweet LE Covert stick with the classic Dolomite graphics which happen to feature the same North America orange.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Warrior Covert QRL
  • Gloves: Warrior Dynasty AX1
  • Helmet: Warrior Krown

Morgan Rielly

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The young Toronto defenseman is yet another CCM athlete.

  • Skates: CCM RibCor 50K
  • Stick: CCM Ultra Tacks
  • Gloves: CCM Crazy Light
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance
Jacob Trouba

Trouba’s picture isn’t available for widespread use. Hopefully after today’s game.

  • Skates: VH Custom
  • Stick: Sherwood BPM 150
  • Gloves: Bauer Nexus 1N
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Results

The most popular skates are the Bauer Vapor 1X skates with 8 skaters (40%) and the most popular stick is the CCM Super Tacks stick with 5 users (25%).skates

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You can find most of this gear online at the best hockey e-tailer, Inline & Ice Warehouse.

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Konixx Pure Roller Hockey Wheels Review


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If you’ve been following NARCh this year, especially on the west coast, then doubtless you have come across Konixx in some capacity. For those who haven’t had the opportunity to hear, Konixx is a roller hockey wheel company who made their official debut at NARCh Winternationals in early 2016.

What is Konixx?

So to answer the questions of Cotton Eye Joe, they come from years of roller hockey experience and they set out to make the best wheel possible at an affordable price. They were fed up top the line wheels costing players an arm and a leg, and they did something about it. Throughout the production and testing , the founders refused to compromise and strove for perfection. After a long R&D process on and off the rink, Konixx was confident that they found the formula for their wheel, the Pure.

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In terms of appearance, the Pure roller hockey wheels may not be your cup of tea. Whether you think the pearly goodness is the incredible or you think that it’s flat-out boring, there’s a reason for the clean look. Purity. The simplicity of the design and the absence of colors or decorations was to keep the wheel pure; without any additives or chemicals to affect the wheel composition and in turn, performance.

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Revolutionary Revision Flex Wheels

There’s a joke somewhere in here about reinventing the wheel, but I’ll refrain from stooping to that level. Revision hockey has been producing roller hockey wheels for over a decade now and they have been striving to perfect the wheel. Over the years we’ve seen Revision wheels make great leaps in performance and durability, and all that has led up to this point: the Flex.

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The Revision Flex wheels give players the customization option to micro-tune their wheel configuration. What does that mean? It means that using one set of wheels, players can choose different wheel configurations to fit their playing style or focus on an area of their game. Revision was able to accomplish this by creating the Flex with 2 different hardness/flex profiles on each side of the wheel.
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True ZPalm – Interchangeable Hockey Glove Palms

True Hockey is coming back with their next generation of gloves and with it, they’re innovating where no other glove has gone before: interchangeable/replaceable palms.

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The ZPalm technology will be available on the new True XC9 Pro Gloves and the True A6.0 SBP Pro Gloves. Not all palms are created equal, and True is coming out with 5 different palm options to suit your style of play. Continue reading

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Top Hockey Gear to Look Out for in 2016

Well, it’s 2016 and the industry has already seen some huge changes. In case you missed it, Performance Sports Group (Bauer) purchased Easton Hockey from Chartwell Investments. This was a completely separate transaction from Performance Sports Group’s purchase of Easton Baseball from BRG Sports (formerly Easton-Bell).

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 So here we are in February and we’ve already seen the launch of the Bauer Supreme 1S stick.

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And while we’re on the topic of sticks, the All-Star game brought to light two more sticks that are going to hit the market in 2016.

1. Easton Synergy GX Stick

Easton (yes, they’re still around) is launching their 10th generation of the Synergy. It’s hard to believe this is the 10th Synergy after that classic metallic grey stick that changed everything… Easton was building hype prior to the All-Star game and stated: “The time has come, keep your eyes on Drew Doughty tonight to witness the Next Generation of Power.” So we did… A closeup view of the stick showcased the name, the Synergy GX. Meanwhile the 2014 Synergy HTX sticks are now on sale here. Continue reading

John Scott – What Does the “Fan Favorite” All-Star Wear?

Well, John Scott may very well be headed to the all-star game this year. Around 4 PM on December 1st, John Scott was sitting pretty at 56th overall in all-star voting. Now… well… here’s a picture of how things are going for him now (December 2nd, 12 PM).

Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 12.19.45 PMTo cast your vote for or against, or just to watch this spectacle, Head to the NHL Voting.

It will be interesting to see if the NHL will intervene. Though, I know quite a few people who will tune into the all-star game knowing that the 6’8″ giant will be hustling from goal line to goal line, in an attempt to keep up with the NHL’s best players in the new 3-on-3 format. Let’s not forgot that John Scott is coming off of his breakout season in which he more than doubled his career goal totals and scoring with an impressive 15% shot percentage.

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday Hockey Sale

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‘Tis the season of sales and Inline & Ice Warehouse is making it easy on you. Instead of waiting until Black Friday or Cyber Monday for the best sale on hockey gear, we are running it now. The CYBER25 coupon code saves you 25% on your hockey equipment order* from today through Cyber Monday (12/1). If you have any issues placing your order online, give us a call and we can help you out. Seriously, call us at 800-366-3070.

The Black Friday hockey sale will still use the CYBER25 coupon for 25% off.

For ideas on what to use the 25% coupon for, check out our gift guide below.

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*CYBER25 cannot be used online on products subject to manufacturer imposed advertising restrictions, which includes select items from Bauer, Easton, CCM and Warrior. Excludes prior purchases. Cannot be combined with any other offers discounts, or promotions. 


 

Hockey Gift List – Stocking Stuffers

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The season of sales is here. And well, it’s been here for the last two weeks too. Black Friday has turned into Black November and IW’s 20% off sale started October 30th (25% off through December 2nd). Although a lot of our equipment is restricted from online discounts, we recommend that you call in to see what is discountable. Anyways, the point of Black November is so that the holiday shoppers can get a jump start on their gift purchasing. We also have the IW official gift guide available.

For those early birds trying to find the inexpensive worm, we’ve made up a quick gift idea list of items that ARE discountable online and would make the perfect present for the hockey player on your holiday list (or even something that you want to pick up for yourself, we don’t judge). Just make sure that you use the BNOV20 (CYBER25 through December 2nd) coupon code at checkout.

We know a lot of other gift lists out there are probably going to be recommending their top of the line hockey equipment, but let’s be realistic. We’ve made a list of stocking stuffers (or mostly that size) that can be perfect for any hockey player, whether or not you know their stick specs or foot shape.

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These regulation-size pucks slide on carpet like a dream. A lot of foam pucks can catch on the carpet and end up rolling instead of sliding. The Slick Shinny puck stays flat on the carpet for an awesome indoor or knee hockey puck.

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CCM RibCor Reckoner | the Next Generation of the RibCor

Here it is – the third installment of the RibCor series. The original Reebok RibCor and the CCM RibCor 40K both utilized a unique construction that holds the fibers in tension, meaning that they are pre-loaded and able to get quick shots off faster than other sticks.

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I’ve used the CCM RibCor 40K  (seen below) for quite some time and it has been a personal favorite because of how easy it is to get a strong shot off with very little effort. So when we got our hands on the latest CCM RibCor, I was eager to try it out.

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Coming in October to Ice Warehouse, is the CCM RibCor Reckoner. The CCM Reckoner stick sees a substantial change to the design of the RibCor series, though with the same end goal of providing the quickest shot.

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