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.
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.
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?
|Justin Abdelkader||*David Backes||Beau Bennett|
|Nick Bjugstad||*Dustin Brown||*Ryan Callahan|
|Alex Galchenyuk||*Patrick Kane||*Ryan Kesler|
|*Phil Kessel||Trevor Lewis||Kyle Okposo|
|T.J. Oshie||Max Pacioretty||Kyle Palmieri|
|*Zach Parise||*Joe Pavelski||*Bobby Ryan|
|Brandon Saad||Craig Smith||*Paul Stastny|
|Derek Stepan||James van Riemsdyk||Blake Wheeler|
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?
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%.
The Assistant Captain of the Boston Bruins, Patrice Bergeron, was the obvious hero from last night’s pair of game sevens. Boston was down 4-1 mid-way through the third period and miraculously emerged victorious. During Boston’s unbelievable comeback, Bergeron scored the tying goal with 50 seconds remaining and then finished off the Toronto Maple Leafs five minutes into overtime. He finished first star of the game with 2 goals and 1 assist, amassing all his points on the last three Bruins goals. Clutch.
So what gear helps you achieve first star in a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs?
CCM RBZ Stage 2
8 months ago, CCM & Taylormade took the hockey world by storm with the introduction of the CCM RBZ and pretty soon we started seeing a lot of NHL players Strap a Rocket to the Puck (RBZ Tagline). For more information on that stick, check out the RBZ blog. It’s no surprise that the stick quickly grew in popularity and it didn’t take very long to see RBZs in nearly every locker room. Looking to build off the success of the RBZ, CCM & Taylormade will release the CCM RBZ Stage 2 in July . The Stage 2 has already seen NHL action with top players like Gabriel Landeskog of the Avalanche & Toronto’s Nazem Kadri. So let’s take a look at what CCM and Taylormade improved on with their second shot at the RBZ.
IW hit 10,000 Likes on Facebook! To thank all of our loyal supporters, we’re giving away a free hockey stick of your choice. Wait, what? Yep, the winner can choose from any stick that IW has in stock. You could choose the Bauer APX, or the Easton Mako II, or the Reebok 20K, or the CCM RBZ, or the Warrior Covert DT1 or… Any stick.
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A couple months ago I wrote a short term review for the Easton Mako II stick right after its release (I would recommend reading that since this is simply an add-0n to the previous blog. Click here to read). After I broke my CCM RBZ, I turned to the Easton Mako II Grip 85 Flex with the E28 curve for full time use.
If you follow the NHL at all, you probably saw or at least heard of the Erik Karlsson incident. For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators suffered a season ending injury against the Pittsburgh Penguins when Matt Cooke stepped on the back of Karlsson’s leg lacerating 70% the Achilles Tendon. Check out the video and then read on.