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).
0. Bauer Supreme 1S Stick
So here we are in February and we’ve already seen the launch of the Bauer Supreme 1S stick.
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. Read more…
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).
To 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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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*
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.