The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi present us with the best hockey in the world, and with the final rosters released from each country participating, there has been speculation as to which country will bring home the gold medal. But what I would love to see is a rematch of the gold-medal game from the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. That would be a sight. And it’s safe to say that the U.S. and Canada have much more talent and skill than the teams from 4 years ago. That being said, lets take a closer look at these rosters and then you can decide who is the better team.
The new CCM Tacks have been released to the public eye. 10 years they have been dormant, but now, they’re here and CCM is looking to take the skate world by storm. These come from arguably the most iconic ice hockey skate lineage in the history of the sport, spanning all the way back to the 1950′s. If you’re looking for an original and traditional hockey skate, then this is definitely it. But enough of me blabbing about them, here’s the video CCM released earlier today:
Alkali, who just recently made their debut into the roller hockey world, is taking it by storm with their new products that are built specifically for what roller hockey players want. Last year, they released the Alkali CA9 RPD roller hockey skate, which ended up being one of the most popular skates on the market. Now, Alkali teamed up with Labeda and constructed the Alkali RPD Max, which has some great technologies that we’re going to take a quick look at.
Starting off with the construction of the boot, Alkali created the Hyper Light Quarter Package, which is made from high quality EPP Foam and gives the boot great rigidity for maximum energy transfer while keeping the skate super light. Comfort is huge when purchasing high quality skates, so Alkali widened to forefoot by 2mm, giving the player the best fit. The Pro 9mm While Felt Tongue is very flexible so you can give it some flop or slip it underneath your shin. Either way, it is perforated so you get good airflow. Another cool feature we see is the liner has anti-slip properties integrated into it, so while being hydrophobic, your foot stays dry and doesn’t move around, giving you a great fit. The high density metatarsal guard protects the top of your foot from pucks.
Well, we all know now that Tomas Hertl is much better at the game of hockey than speaking English, but that’s beside the point. The 19 year-old rookie put on quite the show for the 18,000+ fans at SAP Center on Tuesday night, and thousands more watching the game from their living rooms. 3 NHL games in and he has already broken and tied records in both the Sharks franchise and NHL History. He tied the franchise record for most goals in a game (4) and became the youngest player since 1970 to net 6 goals in the first 3 games of the season, not to mention he is now leading the NHL in goals (6). Wow. He has already made quite the name for himself, not to mention his beauty of a goal from a shot between his legs that went bar-down for his 4th goal against the New York Rangers. Some people say that was classless, but I mean, come on, the kid is 19, and stoked out of his mind he is playing in the show. Cut him some slack, eh? But in case you haven’t seen his nasty goal, here it is:
Now I’m definitely sure that this is not the last we will hear from Hertl the Turtle, as he is already getting compared to Jaromir Jagr, probably the greatest player to come out of the Czech Republic to date. The rookie has set the bar quite high for expectations for the year, but I’m sure he won’t disappoint. But just to make sure he isn’t cheating or some sort of Datsyukian wizard, let’s take a look at his repertoire: