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Team Europe: World Cup of Hockey Equipment Breakdown

Team Europe defied the odds and a lot of speculation to make it to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey finals. Personally, I didn’t see them going very far in the tournament but here they are. With Team North America eliminated (not making playoffs despite going 2-1 and defeating the top seeded team in the pool; i.e. poor tournament formatting), I don’t really care who wins. I’m just hoping for some awesome hockey to watch while we wait for the NHL season.

As we did with the Team North America equipment blog, we’ll review the sticks, skates, gloves and helmets.

Quick note on the equipment – gloves and helmets aren’t going to be 100% correct. There were a decent amount of players using pro-stock gloves, so I chose the closest existing line. As for helmets, we only broke it down as far as the helmet lines. So when it says Bauer RE-AKT, the helmet can be the RE-AKT 100, RE-AKT 75 or the original RE-AKT. The same goes for the CCM Resistance; it can be any helmet from the CCM Resistance helmet lineup, from top of the line to the cheapest.

Tobias Reider

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The 23 year old German sounds like he isn’t going to be reporting to the Coyotes after the World Cup, so we’ll see what ends up happening with him.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: CCM RBZ Speedburner
  • Gloves: CCM Crazy Lights
  • Helmet: CCM FitLite

Nino Niederreiter

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Nino’s a Swiss Bauer man.

  • Skates: Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Stick: Bauer Nexus 1N
  • Gloves: Bauer Supreme MX3
  • Helmet: Bauer 4500

Marian Gaborik

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Sadly for some, Gaborik is out for the championship and the beginning of the NHL season with a broken foot.

  • Skates: Bauer Nexus
  • Stick: Easton Synergy HTX
  • Gloves: Easton Pro 4-Roll
  • Helmet: Bauer 4500

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare

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The frenchman with an extremely French name will be exciting to watch in Philly in the years to come.

  • Skates: CCM JetSpeed
  • Stick: CCM RibCor Trigger
  • Gloves: CCM Tacks
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Mats Zuccarello

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The short and speedy Norwegian is always fun to watch. It’s also equally amusing to see him standing next to teammate, Zdeno Chara.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Easton Stealth CX
  • Gloves: Bauer Vapor Pro
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Thomas Vanek

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Thomas Vanek will be headed to the Red Wings after the World Cup.

  • Skates: CCM Super Tacks
  • Stick: Warrior Dynasty HD1
  • Gloves: Warrior Covert QRL
  • Helmet: CCM FitLite

Tomas Tatar

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Tomas Tatar is another player heading back to Detroit.

  • Skates: CCM RibCor 50K
  • Stick: CCM RibCor Trigger
  • Gloves: CCM Pro Stock
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Frans Nielsen

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Also headed to the Red Wings. It’ll be a lot of fun to see this speedster join the team in Detroit.

  • Skates: Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Stick: Easton Stealth CX
  • Gloves: STX Surgeon
  • Helmet: Warrior Krown

Anze Kopitar

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Mr. Slovenia, the captain. Kopi is a Bauer man and such a pleasure to watch.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Bauer Nexus 1N
  • Gloves: Bauer Nexus
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Marian Hossa

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The 37 year old Hossa is still a beast.

  • Skates: CCM RibCor 50K
  • Stick: CCM RibCor Trigger
  • Gloves: CCM 4-Rolls
  • Helmet: CCM FitLite

Jannik Hansen

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Jannik is a Danish 30 year old playing for the Canucks.

  • Skates: Jannik Hansen
  • Stick: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Gloves: CCM 4-Roll
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Leon Draisaitl

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Draisaitl is a young German who I envy because of his time playing with Connor McDavid last year.

  • Skates: CCM RibCor 50K
  • Stick: Warrior Dynasty HD1
  • Gloves: Warrior Dynasty AX1
  • Helmet: CCM FitLite

Mikkel Boedker

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The speedy Boedker will be heading to help the NHL runner-up’s make another cup run.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Warrior Covert QRL
  • Gloves: Warrior Covert
  • Helmet: Easton Synergy

Luca Sbisa

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He’s an Italian-born Swiss citizen, so he’s truly a Team Europe player.

  • Skates: Bauer Nexus
  • Stick: Bauer Nexus 1N
  • Gloves: Bauer Supreme MX3
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Christian Ehrhoff

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This  German defenseman cannot take a good picture…

  • Skates: VH Footwear
  • Stick: CCM RBZ Revolution
  • Gloves: Warrior Covert QRL
  • Helmet: Bauer 4500

Mark Streit

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Streit is rocking the new 2016 Easton Synergy GX!

  • Skates: Bauer Supreme MX3
  • Stick: Easton Synergy GX
  • Gloves: Easton Synergy
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Andrej Sekera

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Sekera is going to continue to man the Edmonton blue line this upcoming season.

  • Skates: Bauer Nexus
  • Stick: Easton Stealth CX
  • Gloves: Warrior Dynasty AX1
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Dennis Seidenberg

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German, Bruin defenseman.

  • Skates: Bauer Supreme MX3
  • Stick: Bauer Nexus 1N
  • Gloves: Bauer Nexus
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Roman Josi

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Josi is another D-man that’s so much fun to watch.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Gloves: CCM KFS
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Zdeno Chara

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Big Z is a Warrior man! And a big one at that.

  • Skates: Bauer Supreme MX3
  • Stick: Warrior Dynasty HD1
  • Gloves: Warrior Dynasty AX1
  • Helmet: Warrior Krown

Results

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Once again, the Bauer Vapor 1X are at the top of the list, but closely followed by the rest of the Bauer skate families.

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And the stick results…


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Team North America Hockey Gear: What are the Young Guns Wearing?

Say what you will about the World Cup of Hockey, but you have to admit that watching Team North America is incredible. The best 23 & under players from US and Canada playing for the same team is just plain ridiculous. These guys are the future of the NHL with their speed and talent, ushering in a new style of hockey. So we decided to breakdown what these guys are wearing for their gloves, skates, sticks, and helmets.

Granted, more than a few of these future all-stars are a part of a brand’s team so that will skew the numbers a bit. It’s still interesting to see if you’re using the same setup as some of these pros.

A quick note on the equipment – gloves and helmets aren’t going to be 100% correct. There were a decent amount of players using pro-stock gloves, so I chose the closest existing line. As for helmets, we only broke it down as far as the helmet lines. So when it says Bauer RE-AKT, the helmet can be the RE-AKT 100, RE-AKT 75 or the original RE-AKT. The same goes for the CCM Resistance; it can be any helmet from the CCM Resistance helmet lineup, from top of the line to the cheapest.

(Check out World Cup of Hockey shirts at IW Hockey)

Connor McDavid

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No surprises here. He’s the new poster-child for CCM and the equipment he’s chosen lines up perfectly with his style of play. Side note: his pro-stock gloves are most similar to the QLT family.

  • Skates: CCM JetSpeed Skates
  • Stick: CCM Super Tacks
  • Gloves: CCM QuickLite Gloves
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Johnny Gaudreau

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Here’s a little bit of a surprise. Johnny Hockey used to be rocking the full Bauer setup, but here we see a little Warrior introduced into the mix.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Warrior Dynasty HD1
  • Gloves: Warrior Covert QRL
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Nathan MacKinnon

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Another CCM man through and through, MacKinnon is showcasing the brand new CCM RibCor Trigger ASY. And again, we see another set of pro-stock gloves.

  • Skates: CCM JetSpeed
  • Stick: CCM RibCor Trigger ASY
  • Gloves: CCM Crazy Light
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Jack Eichel

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Absolutely no surprises here. Eichel is Bauer’s newest Supreme guy, so of course he’ll be all 1S’ and MX3s.

  • Skates: Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Stick: Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Gloves: Bauer Supreme MX3
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Auston Mathews

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Bauer’s latest addition to the family is the #1 overall from 2016, Auston Matthews. Expect a lot of hype about this Arizonan.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Bauer Nexus 1N
  • Gloves: Bauer Nexus 1N
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Dylan Larkin

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The fastest skater in the league, according to the 2016 NHL fastest skater competition at the All-Star game, is flying on the explosive Bauer Supreme 1S skates.

  • Skates: Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Stick: Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Gloves: Bauer Supreme MX3
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Brandon Saad

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Saad’s a Warrior man, wearing as much of their equipment as he can. To be honest, I forgot that Saad was still young enough to play on Team North America.

  • Skates: Bauer Supreme 1S
  • Stick: Warrior Dynasty HD1
  • Gloves: Warrior Dynasty AX1
  • Helmet: Warrior Krown

Sean Couturier

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Speaking of people who I thought were too old. Couturier is a mixed bag in terms of his equipment.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Easton Stealth CX
  • Gloves:Warrior Covert QRL
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Jonathan Drouin

 

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I apologize for this picture of Drouin. To be fair, it would have looked even stranger if we didn’t blur out Gibson. It looked like they were having such a nice moment.

  • Skates: CCM JetSpeed
  • Stick: CCM Super Tacks
  • Gloves: CCM QuickLite
  • Helmet: CCM FitLite

J.T. Miller

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STX! STX! One of two STX players on Team North America and he’s rocking the new STX Surgeon RX2. The RX2 is the stick that features all-new shaft dimension designed to best fit the shape of the hand and provide more surface area for control.

  • Skates: CCM RibCor 50K
  • Stick: STX Surgeon RX2
  • Gloves: STX Surgeon
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

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Nugent-Hopkins is rocking the Super Tacks setup with the QLT gloves and Resistance bucket.

  • Skates: CCM Super Tacks
  • Stick: CCM Super Tacks
  • Gloves: CCM QuickLite
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Mark Scheifele

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Scheifele also going full Bauer at the tournament. Proudly displaying the new Nexus 1N stick.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Bauer Nexus 1N
  • Gloves: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Vincent Trocheck

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STX player number 2! Featuring the new RX2 stick with Surgeon gloves, just like the J.T. Miller setup.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: STX Surgeon RX2
  • Gloves: STX Surgeon
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Aaron Ekblad

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Sadly, Ekblad’s tournament comes to a close with a mild concussion. He was rocking the 2016 Vapor 1X stick with Vapor gloves and skates.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Gloves: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Shayne Gostisbehere

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The Ghost Bear is a Bauer guy!

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Bauer Nexus 1N
  • Gloves: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Helmet: Bauer RE-AKT

Seth Jones

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Big D-man playing for Columbus is a CCM player, if you couldn’t tell.

  • Skates: CCM Super Tacks
  • Stick: CCM Super Tacks
  • Gloves: CCM Crazy Light
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Ryan Murray

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When researching, I found that Ryan Murray is extremely photogenic. Also, he’s a bit of an outlier in terms of the gear he uses. He has the popular custom VH skates, but still using the Easton Stealth CX with Easton gloves.

  • Skates: VH Custom
  • Stick: Easton Stealth CX
  • Gloves: Easton Pro 10
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Colton Parayko

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The huge 6’6″ Parayko is a fan of Warrior. He’s been using a sweet LE Covert stick with the classic Dolomite graphics which happen to feature the same North America orange.

  • Skates: Bauer Vapor 1X
  • Stick: Warrior Covert QRL
  • Gloves: Warrior Dynasty AX1
  • Helmet: Warrior Krown

Morgan Rielly

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The young Toronto defenseman is yet another CCM athlete.

  • Skates: CCM RibCor 50K
  • Stick: CCM Ultra Tacks
  • Gloves: CCM Crazy Light
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance
Jacob Trouba

Trouba’s picture isn’t available for widespread use. Hopefully after today’s game.

  • Skates: VH Custom
  • Stick: Sherwood BPM 150
  • Gloves: Bauer Nexus 1N
  • Helmet: CCM Resistance

Results

The most popular skates are the Bauer Vapor 1X skates with 8 skaters (40%) and the most popular stick is the CCM Super Tacks stick with 5 users (25%).skates

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John Scott – What Does the “Fan Favorite” All-Star Wear?

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).

Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 12.19.45 PMTo 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.

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Connor McDavid: What does a 1st overall pick wear?

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.

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Gear Breakdown of Vladimir Tarasenko: Player of the Day/Season(?)

While not new to the NHL, Tarasenko is new to the spotlight. Vladimir Tarasenko really burst out of mediocracy in the 2014 – 2015 season, netting 20 goals for the St. Louis Blues thus far. I don’t mean to insult this young man’s first two seasons in the NHL, but this season starts the new chapter for Tarasenko. This young Russian is on his way to superstardom. — Also, being mediocre in the NHL is still an unbelievable accomplishment. — At this point in the season, the 23 year old is tied for second in scoring, tied for fourth in points, and sits in second for the highest +/-. So why is he the player of the day today? Last night (12/16/14), Tarasenko put three biscuits in the basket against the LA Kings for his second hat trick of the season. So, we are going to take a look at some of the weapons and armor that allow him to do what he does best.

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2014 Winter Olympics: Who Will Reign As Champion?

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.

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Player of the Day – Tomas Hertl – 10/10/13

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:

Tomas Hertl’s Fourth Goal vs NY Rangers

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:

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Datsyukian Blog

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?

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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.

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Player of the Day – Patrice Bergeron – 5/14/13

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?

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Player of the Day – Nazem Kadri – 3/25/13

Nazem Kadri is among the NHL’s top ten point leaders in this 2013 season. Nazem Kadri is only 22 years of age and has totaled 34 points in 32 regular season games, which places him ninth overall among the NHL’s elite. This past week, the Toronto Maple Leafs utilized their star player as he collected a career-high three assists game (+3 rating), third three-point game performance, and fourteenth goal of the season. This exciting rookie has proven capable of hot streak performances and is tied for first on the Maple Leafs in goals and assists.

Lets take a look at Nazem Kadri’s gear, as he embodies the CCM brand.

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