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Essentials for the Off-Season

July 31st, 2014 Chris 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 Chris 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 Chris 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 Chris 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

Top 50 Playoffs Scorers’ Sticks

May 9th, 2014 Chris Comments off

We’re a little under a month into the playoffs now and my bracket is completed busted. I hope that yours is faring better than my own. Why I ever thought that the Sharks would– Anyways, enough about how the teams are doing. Let’s move on to how the sticks are scoring. So, I took the top 50 scorers (as goal scorers, not counting points) in the playoffs thus far and took a look at their weapons of choice. This first pie graph shows the percentage of the top 50 goal scorers’ sticks by brand.

Percentage of Sticks by Brand (of the top 50 scorers)

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Categories: NHL

Reebok RibCor Pump™ Skates

March 27th, 2014 Chris Comments off

Tomorrow (March 28), Ice Warehouse will ship out the next generation of Reebok skates: the Reebok RibCor Pump™ Ice Hockey Skates. As the predecessor to the 2013 top-of-the-line Reebok 20K, the Reebok RibCor will headline the new Reebok Pump™ line, followed by the Reebok 30k skates and the 28k skates.

Reebok RibCor Pump

Let’s take a quick look at the new Reebok RibCor. The first thing that you will notice with the new skate is the new blacked-out look. Traditionally, the Reebok skate line has been known for its green pump with the light grey Reebok logo along the side of the skate, not to mention “traditional” colored steel.

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Categories: Hockey Skate Reviews

Bauer Nexus 8000 Stick

March 7th, 2014 Chris Comments off

Back in 2012, Bauer launched the Nexus 1000 hockey stick to offer an intermediary flex profile to sit between the Bauer Supreme and the Bauer Vapor stick lines. Two years later, the Bauer Nexus 8000 Sticks hit the market. Before we break it down, let’s take a look at the new design.

Similar to the Nexus 1000, the Bauer Nexus 8000 features a predominantly blacked out design. Though, this year’s model features a  blue pattern on the handle.

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Categories: Hockey Stick Reviews

What Sticks are Scoring in Sochi?

February 22nd, 2014 Chris Comments off
Categories: NHL

Goalie Buyer Position Open at IW Hockey

January 7th, 2014 Chris Comments off

IceWarehouse.com and InlineWarehouse.com are global e-commerce businesses and online retailers for all your ice and inline hockey needs.  We employ a diverse staff and are currently looking for a full or part time goalie equipment buyer.

Job Duties:

  • Manage the development of our goalie selection
  • Responsible for purchasing goalie gear
  • Develops product assortment based on sales and trends
  • Develop and maintain relationships with current and new vendors
  • Negotiation beneficial terms and conditions with vendors
  • Improve sales while managing inventory levels
  • Work with internal departments to develop and implement marketing strategies
  • Write compelling and informative product descriptions
  • Edit content and formatting descriptions
  • Perform video reviews
  • Perform video interviews on/off site with vendor product mangers
  • Research to develop original content
  • Contribute to blog
  • Assist in further developing the IW Hockey Learning Center
  • Develop new ways to convey product information
  • Attend trade and consumer shows

Qualifications for this position:

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Categories: IW

Bauer OD1N

December 19th, 2013 Chris Comments off

On Thursday, December 19th, Bauer held a press conference in Chicago with a revolutionary announcement. Instead of traveling to Chicago (which would have been awesome) IW watched the webcast from the comfort of sunny San Luis Obispo, CA.  This blog will give you a quick rundown of the game changing technology.

Named after the Norse god of war and the Russian word for the number one, the Bauer OD1N lineup strives to elevate an athlete’s full potential while improving its level of protection. The lineup presents gear that is both incredibly lightweight, and tunable to each individual athlete’s fits and preferences. Bauer’s testing crew consists of the cream of the NHL crop: Nicklas Backstrom, Jonathon Toews, Patrick Kane, Henrik Lundqvist, Claude Giroux, and Alex Ovechkin. Let’s take a look at the new equipment.

Player Skates

The new Bauer OD1N hockey skates shed 0.5 lbs from previous skates. While this may not seem like a large decrease, it actually is and makes a huge difference in gameplay. When you remove 226 grams at a time where top-of-the-line skates only weigh 800-1000 grams, we’re talking about a monumental difference. This translates into 1000 less pounds lifted over the course of a normal hockey game. Imagine how fresh your legs will feel going into OT!

Bauer OD1n Skates

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