2014 Winter Olympics: Who Will Reign As Champion?

February 7th, 2014 Jake Comments off

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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Categories: NHL, Player Profile

CCM Tacks: Tradition Meets the 21st Century

January 21st, 2014 Jake Comments off

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:

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Categories: Hockey Skate Reviews

Alkali RPD Max Roller Hockey Skate

January 13th, 2014 Jake Comments off

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.

Alkali RPD Max Roller Hockey Skate

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.

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Categories: Hockey Skate Reviews

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

New 2014 Bauer Hockey Skates

December 31st, 2013 Chase Comments off

2014 is finally here and everyone is still talking about the epic OD1N project that showed how hungry Bauer is to lead the industry in innovative hockey gear technology. Leading up to their experimental OD1N project, Bauer hosted an event called Bauer World where attendees are shown the new 2014 retail hockey equipment lines by the corresponding product designers and developers to help fully explain the new technology. This year’s Bauer World was the biggest to date, unveiling for the first time a wide variety of advanced and technical hockey gear that will leave everyone from the gear junkies to the hockey purists asking for more.

Bauer Supreme MX3 Ice Hockey Skate

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Categories: Hockey Skate Reviews

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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IWin Membership – How to Save (at least) 10% on Every Order

December 17th, 2013 Chris Comments off

Everybody likes to save money. Coupon codes and sales are not always around to help out your wallet, but the IWin membership is. The IWin program is simple:

  1. You purchase an IW brand shirt, hat or accessory.
  2. You will save 10% on that order* and EVERY order after that.
  3. The discount will automatically apply to your future orders.

Support IW and IW supports you. You may think, it can’t really be that easy. It is. You can also use the IWin discount on our affiliate sites: Inline Warehouse (Fitness), Inline Warehouse (Aggressive), Derby Warehouse, and Inline Warehouse (Hockey). Here are a lot of frequently asked questions about the IW membership.

Does the IWin membership expire?

No. Never. It will be around as long as we are.

How will I get my discount? / What if the discount does not show up in my cart?

Once you purchase the initial IWin product, you are forever marked as an IWin member in the IW system. The discount will take place on our end; so while you won’t see the discount in your shopping cart, you will see it in your confirmation email. If you have any questions or problems with the discount, please give us a call immediately at (800)366-3070.

What if there is another sale that offers a bigger discount?

IWin members automatically receive the biggest discount we offer. If there is a 20% off sale, members will automatically receive 20% off without any coupons or even knowledge that there is a sale.

Will I be disqualified from free shipping if the new amount drops below the required total amount?

Nope: IW uses the original, pre-discount price when considering free shipping.

Is there anything that the discount cannot cover?

Unfortunately, yes. The discount cannot be used toward the purchase of gift cards, IWin gear, tape, clearance items (ending in $.97) or *Manufacturer (MAP)  Restricted products. For questions about the MAP policy or restrictions, please call us (800)366-3070.

What is IWin gear?

It is a collection of IW clothing, hats, and accessories ranging from $10-$30. We have IW shirts, polos, hats, beanies, tape, pucks, and even skate blade covers. For a complete list, click here.

IW is happy to help you out with all your hockey needs, so please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions, comments, or concerns. Call us at (800)366-3070, email info@icewarehouse.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Google +.

Categories: IW

Holiday Gift Guide – Players

November 27th, 2013 Chris Comments off

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.

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Categories: IW

Winter Classic Bauer Goalie Gear

November 20th, 2013 Erik Comments off

The NHL Winter Classic gives teams a great opportunity to honor their past and traditions by bringing back some of their iconic looks. We also get to see players rock some nice throwback gear, but goalies in particular really get to take that classic look to the next level with some vintage designs & custom colors.Last month, I got to go to Bauer World, Bauer’s annual sales expo. In addition to seeing some incredible new gear that will hit stores in April, we got a sneak peek at the Bauer Goalie gear that the Bauer-sponsored goalies will be wearing in their outdoor games this year!

First off is a pad that we actually won’t see because this goaltender retired earlier this year. Martin Biron had these Retro Reactor pads made up for the Stadium Series matchup that’s being held at Yankee Stadium. This one will be a fan favorite of the guys that like an old-school pad. It has a super traditional look and even has the leg straps going through the face of the pad.

Biron's Winter Classic Pads

Now for a pad that will actually be seen in the Rangers game, we have Lundqvist’s set. Lundqvist went with the sock design. The sock graphic has become more and more popular lately and I think it has its own kind of retro look to it. As expected, the Bauer Supreme poster-boy will be rocking the latest Supreme pads as the Rangers take on the Devils.We also saw this interesting strapping design on the back of Lundqvist’s set. It appears his testing out a very simplistic design of a nylon Velcro strap. We’ll have to wait and see if this drops down to some of their stock pads in the future.

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Categories: Goalie Gear Reviews

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Special!

November 20th, 2013 Chris Comments off

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?

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Categories: IW