The holidays are fast approaching and we know you’re thinking: “what do I get for that hockey player in my life?” Skates & sticks make for expensive gifts (unless they’ve been really good), but you know they would love something hockey useful or simply hockey awesome. Don’t worry- IW is here for you. We’ve compiled a list of excellent stocking stuffers within a reasonable price range. The official IW gift guide can be found here: http://bit.ly/IWGiftGuide. From this list, I have narrowed down the perfect small(er) gifts for your hockey player.
First, the Bauer TotalOne NXG Ice Skates – Kidding… Let’s move the price range down a couple thousand dollars.
1. The Sherwood NHL Team USB drive:
Besides the creepy aspect of pulling the player’s head off and making him hold it while you plug his body into the computer, this USB drive is awesome! Really though, there isn’t a better way to carry information around than with your team player in your pocket.
Friday is almost upon us; but this is no ordinary Friday. This is THE Friday!
What do we have up our sleeve for Black Friday?
So we’re a little over 2 weeks into the NHL and our 4 blog writers decided to collaborate on some predictions for the season. After a couple minutes of discussion, we realized that there is no possible way to come to a consensus. The reason being that half of us are San Jose Sharks fans and the other 2 are Los Angeles Kings fans who can’t stand the sight of an undefeated Sharks team (6-0, what?)[still no Stanley Cup, what?]. Instead, we decided to each write up our own descriptions and let you tell us who think is closer (smarter). These are some high stake predictions too. The person with the worst prediction loses their job and the person with the closest prediction takes home the loser’s salary. Not really, but for legal reasons we cannot say.
Even being an LA King’s fan and a religious SoCal sports fan, I think there’s a great chance we see Los Angeles bring home their second cup. The Kings look prime for another cup run this year, with an already proven squad that will have hopefully have a healthy Willie Mitchell and the speedster Matt Frattin. We’re off to a slow start but it’s a long season.
Eastern Conference Final: Detroit over Pittsburgh
Western Conference Final: Kings over St. Louis
Stanley Cup Champion: Los Angeles Kings
I waited too long to write this blog. Just 14 days into the NHL season and we already have 437 goals & 258 goal scorers. My original plan was to research each goal scorer and calculate from there; so instead, I’m taking the top goal scorers (everyone who has scored 4 or more goals this season), and giving you a snapshot of scoring in the NHL. Forgive me for taking the easy way out, but there is absolutely no way that I am going to tally up all 258 goal scorers and their sticks.
Last year, I wrote a similar blog 1.5 weeks into the season and we found that among the top 15 goal scorers, the Bauer TotalOne NXG & Easton Stealth RS II amassed the most goals at 13 a piece. Interestingly, the leaders then and now are both San Jose Sharks, and both blogs were written when they were 5-0 to start the season. Hmm… 6 months ago, I did the same thing for playoffs. That time I accounted for all goals scored and found that the NXG scored almost 20% of the goals in the playoffs, followed “closely” by the RS II at 15%. Let’s see if Bauer & Easton can hold it together for the 2013-2014 season.
1. The top scoring stick (among the top 20 scorers) is… Read more…
Blade Quick Release Feature
Every single second is critical in a hockey game. If you’re sidelined trying to replace a skate runner, think of how many moments you miss. These are opportunities that could make you the hero, but instead you’re helpless on the bench. No longer. With the introduction of the Bauer Vapor APX 2 skates, Bauer unveiled the TUUK Lightspeed Edge Holder. The new holder upgrades the traditional Tuuk Lightspeed 2 Holders and brings the skate to a whole new level. The new blade quick release feature on the holder is one such upgrade.
Before we go any further, I need to address an alleged issue. When Bauer launched the new Vapor skate line earlier this year, rumors circled that the quick-release Edge Holders made the blades more prone to falling out. A couple of highly noticeable televised instances of the runner falling off Bauer skates at a crucial time in the Stanley playoffs sparked questions of durability. The public immediately began to claim that the quick release feature released the runner too easily. Bauer investigated and found that none of the players were using the Edge holders on their skates.
We are 50 days from the puck drop in Montreal to kick off the 2013-2014 NHL season, and either your tryouts are coming up within the next few months or the rec league starts up soon. No matter what you have to look forward to… you miss hockey (hopefully). It’s hard to go months without the greatest sport, so we’ve come up with a few things to satisfy your hockey cravings.
Ovechkin on the Links
A tape job is like a snowflake: white, boring and spends most of its time on the cold, hard ice; but no, not really. Next time you wander into a locker room, check out the tape jobs on the stick rack and you’ll notice that no two are the same. You’ll see the traditional white or black tape, maybe a twig with a colored tape job. Every once in a while you’ll see the camouflage, flag, or if you’re lucky, a superman job. Then there’s the question of cloth or friction tape. When we get down to the actual taping aspect, you’ll see heel-to-toe, toe-to-heel, strips all the way across, only half the blade taped, waxed or unwaxed, do we tape the toe? etc. You get the picture.
Different Tape Jobs
So how should you tape your stick? When it comes to the wrapping, heel-to-toe and toe-to-heel stand as the two schools of thought. The heel-to-toe job provides extra friction for puck control and grip, and on the other hand the toe-to-heel allows for the puck to slide more easily off the stick. The correct way to tape a stick is… Read more…
Sochi is coming quickly! Canada, Sweden, Finland, USA and Russia announced their invitations to the Olympic orientation camp. Please note that these are not the final rosters, but merely a preliminary list. Comment below: based on these lists, who’s looking hot? Who’s not?
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I don’t care who you are – sorry that was a rude way to start a blog – but you have to respect Pavel Datsyuk. At 34 years old, Pavel Datsyuk still manages to find his way onto every highlight reel with ease. Even if you don’t respect the player, you at least have to respect his filthy hands, his playmaking ability, his two way style of play, and his overall sense of the game. I enjoy watching the Detroit Red Wings simply because of this Russian legend. TSN held a fan vote at the end of the season to determine the top play of the year and through all sorts of brackets and match-ups, Datsyuk ended up in the final vote against… himself?
Datsyuk vs. Datsyuk
Needless to say, Datsyuk won. The winning play featured Datsyuk in his defensive end leveling one Nashville Predator, outskating the next, then dancing through the remaining three to put it past goalie and tie the game. Anyways, watch this ridiculous play.
The Stanley Cup Playoffs are coming down to the wire with the final two teams almost decided. We have 169 goal scorers thus far in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which begs the question: what sticks are putting the puck in the back of the net? Instead of naming off each of the 169 players and their twigs, we’ve listed the sticks and their percentages (but yes, I did count every single player and their stick). NOTE: These are the goals per stick, not the stick use by goal scoring player. Below is the distribution of goals scored by each brand. And before yelling at me, know I had to round up or down on some of the percentages, so the grand total may not be exactly 100%.