Goaltending Equipment: Cleaning, Maintenance & Repair

July 22nd, 2013 Seth Comments off

Having a solid routine is key for extending the life of your goalie gear and ensures you’re safely protected throughout the game.

Increase Your Gear's Longevity

Goalie Chest Protectors and pants should be hand washed with a mild detergent using cold water. Do not submerge any item underwater, because the gear will not be able to dry properly allowing bacteria and mildew to form in the moist areas. Instead, lightly scrub the items using a sponge, rinsing thoroughly to ensure all of the detergent is rinsed out. Washing machines are not recommended because this can cause premature separation of materials and protective foams reducing protection and life expectancy. Waterproofing treatments such as Scotchguard can be used on your chest protector and goalie pants to help repel moisture and helps keep gear cleaner longer. When using waterproofing spray, make sure you test a small area and make sure you are not allergic to the chemical spray. Read more…

Categories: Hockey Lifestyle

Datsyukian Blog

July 8th, 2013 Chris Comments off

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

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.

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Categories: Player Profile

Selecting the Correct Glove Fit

July 2nd, 2013 Zach Comments off

2013 has seen its fair share of new and innovative hockey gloves. Companies such as Bauer, Easton, CCM and Reebok have introduced what they consider to be their premier gloves. This write-up will talk about the three different fits of gloves and the comparison between brands. Sometimes the norm is solely based off looks and brands when purchasing new gloves; however, different gloves can offer better performance. The three different fits are broken down into: Traditional, Contoured, and Tapered.

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Categories: Hockey Glove Reviews

Final Cup Goaltenders Face Off

June 24th, 2013 Seth Comments off

As the 2013 Stanley Cup championship rolls closer to the end, I wanted to briefly highlight and compare the final two Cup goaltenders, Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins and Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks. Rask and Crawford come to the playoffs with two vastly different playing styles proving that both styles of play are extremely effective. Crawford’s stereotypical butterfly style goaltending primarily focuses on form and positioning, consistently dropping down into the

butterfly position as the primary line of defense. Rask’s hybrid style of play however is more reactive, making a majority of saves from the goaltenders athletic talent, quickness and mobility. Differences in goalie gear and more specifically the goalie leg pads clearly define the goaltenders playing style. Crawford’s Reebok Premier goalie pads are designed specifically for butterfly goalies, providing a large flat-faced design and stiffer construction ensuring maximum coverage. Rask’s Vaughn Velocity hybrid pads features a dramatically softer construction with multiple breaks throughout the internal construction ensuring maximum flexibility and mobility.

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Categories: NHL

Sneak Peek: Easton Velocity Stick Line

June 18th, 2013 Chase Comments off

Throughout the 2012-2013 NHL playoffs, many have seen the all-black hockey sticks with a small white Easton logo located near the bottom of the shaft. Well ladies and gentlemen, this is the 2013 Easton Velocity hockey stick in disguise (see the picture below). Easton blacked out these models so that players would be unbiased about the looks and could get a true feel of how the stick performed. The final look will be the dark Stealth-style graphics with exposed carbon fiber, and different accenting colors depending on the model.

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Categories: Hockey Stick Reviews

Which Sticks are Scoring in the ’13 Playoffs?

June 7th, 2013 Chris Comments off

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%.

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Categories: NHL

2013 Bauer Roller Hockey

June 3rd, 2013 Zach Comments off

West Coast v. East Coast or Roller Rink v. Ice Rink, any type of hockey player is able to experience Bauer’s quality performance. For 2013, Bauer redefines their roller hockey skates and adjusts the fit of their roller hockey pants.

Bauer Roller Hockey Skate – APX2R

The new APX2R roller hockey skate combines lightweight agility and superb grip! The quarter package is the same as the Vapor APX2 ice hockey skate, but Bauer maximize performance with the introduction of the new HI-LO Kryptonium Vanguard chassis, which rests on two 76mm and 80mm new Revision Variant Plus wheels. The chassis are precisely engineered to reduce overall weight and enhance a player’s acceleration. Revision’s Variant Plus wheels offer a blend of colors, which is sure to stand out and provide substantial grasp on the rink. Furthermore, the HI-LO Swiss LE 608 bearings will be equipped for endless wheel rotation and immense speed. Additionally, the Bauer Roller Hockey Skate line will consist of the X90R, X70R, X60R, X50R, and X40R. Therefore, hockey players can compete at any level and excel to improve their game!

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Vaughn Ventus Goalie Equipment

May 21st, 2013 Seth Comments off

Vaughn is known for their impressive hockey goalie gear and their protective works of art can be seen on goaltenders of all ages and playing levels. Vaughn is one of the top manufacturers of goalie equipment in the world and can be seen on elite NHL goaltenders like Jonathan Quick, Tuukka Rask and Antti Niemi just to name a few. The newly released Vaughn Ventus line of goalie pads offer excellent protection and offer some unique features that are designed to maximize your goaltending game play.

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Categories: Goalie Gear Reviews

2013 Mission Roller Hockey Gear

May 21st, 2013 Chase Comments off

Mission Hockey

Mission is back at it again with an array of new gear being released.

Mission Inhaler Helmet

Mission took the Bauer 5100 helmet and redesigned it specifically for the inline hockey player with the fact that roller hockey rinks are on average 26 degrees hotter than ice rinks in mind.  Due to this, numerous ventilation ports in the front of the helmet and exiting air vents in the rear insure great airflow during the hottest of games. The other great inline-specific feature is the Hog Sweat Band. It is an easily removable sweatband that “pops” into two vent holes that can be seen in the interior of the liner. The Hog Sweat Band is not necessary to use so it can be taken out if desired, if it needs to be washed or even replaced. One of the best specs about the Mission Inhaler Helmet is that even though it may be roller specific, it is completely certified to be able to be used in any ice hockey league.

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CCM RBZ Skates

May 15th, 2013 Zach Comments off

CCM RBZ Skate

July 2013 will not only consist of fire works in the sky but also rockets strapped to your feet, because CCM will be revealing one of their most cutting-edge skates yet, the RBZ ice hockey skate! Now, if you’re the type of player that seeks advantageous technology, CCM definitely designed this skate to have a distinct look that sets it apart from others on the market by utilizing preferred high-end materials that make it very lightweight and rigid.

Composite Quarter Package

CCM is featuring their premier New Action Form Speed core composite quarter package, which provides pro level stiffness and impressive foot support. This technological feature maximizes foot reaction speed and allows players to explode through their turns.

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Categories: Hockey Skate Reviews