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Easton Mako 2 and the E28

Posted in Equipment Company News with tags , , , , , on January 2, 2013 by prostocknation

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With the Easton Mako 2 hockey stick being released tomorrow, it will also be the debut of the E28/Bjudstad pattern; better known by it’s more common name, “Kreps”.

It is a toe curve with a dual lie designed to receive passes on the heel and shoot pucks off of the toe.

It will be interesting to see how this new pattern fairs at the retail level as toe curves cater to a very niche market.  In the past, the scarcity of finding one made it a very hot commodity.  Stores often did not sell them and the only chance of getting your hands on one was to go Pro Stock.

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Rival company Warrior Hockey recently scrapped their toe curve, the Gionta W10 pattern, for 2013 (except for the DT2 Grip) due to poor sales in just two short years.

More after the launch.

– M

*Photos and Video from Easton Hockey

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Another Canadian Factory Bites The Dust; Martin Brodeur Now With Vaughn

Posted in Equipment Company News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2012 by prostocknation

With Sherwood’s factory in Strathroy, Ontario closing, it was inevitable for goalies like Martin Brodeur to make a switch in equipment brands next year. The mystery was to which brand?  MartinBrodeur30.com recently unveiled Marty’s new Vaughns for this upcoming season.

The blocker features a classic waffle board pattern and the glove looks to have an offset T pocket and angled two piece cuff.


The pads share the same vintage look.  They have the single break below the knee and angled inside boot.

It will be interesting to see how much Sherwood product will still be in the NHL from this moment forward.  It is very rare for Asian manufactured goaltending equipment to surface in the NHL so it’s only a matter of time before Sherwood’s other endorsed athlete, Craig Anderson, will make the switch to something else.  The ever popular Sherwood 9950 foam core sticks will move production out of Canada as well.  While many pros may still prefer foam core over composite, many companies do not offer it at the retail level anymore and Sherwood seems to be continuing this trend.

– M

Bauer Performance Sports Acquires Cascade Helmets

Posted in Equipment Company News with tags , , , , , on June 14, 2012 by prostocknation

Bauer has agreed to acquire Cascade Helmets for $64M.

With this purchase Bauer has dramatically increased their market share in Lacrosse as Cascade is the leader in helmets and facial protection.  Cascade will be complimentary to Bauer’s existing Lacrosse brand, Maverik, who currently manufactures gloves, elbow pads, shoulder pads and sticks.

Cascade’s hockey helmet division with their patented helmet technologies will be included in the sale.  With their operations based in New York they are able to have a very short turnaround time for custom product.

Bauer Hockey, through StickerYou.com, has been providing consumers with the option to customize their helmets with vinyl stickers.  With their history of selling customized stick and goal product to the general public, perhaps a custom helmet will be soon added to the options on MyBauer.

Link: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/bauer-performance-sports-to-acquire-cascade-helmets-for-us64-mln-20120613-01287

– M