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Gear Sightings – 2012 Hall of Fame Legends Game

Posted in Gear Sightings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 18, 2012 by prostocknation

I attended the Legends game at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto last weekend.  Not only was this a chance to see former star players on the ice again, but also an opportunity to see what kind of gear they would be wearing.

Here were some highlights:

 

Pavel Bure:
The game was split into two 30 minute halves.  During the first half he was wearing a cheapo Bauer 1500 helmet but took it off for the second half.  He is still wearing his signature Bauer Vapor 10 skates which were one of the most popular boots of it’s time.  Continuing with the Bauer theme, he was using a Vapor X:60 stick.  His gloves are made by a Russian company called “Flame”, they are a copy of the Warrior Franchise design.

Joe Sakic:
Other than his skates, his other equipment were not from his playing days.  Burnaby Joe was seen sporting an E700 helmet (no visor), E-Pro gloves (albeit they had his name on the cuff but they weren’t his typical Z-Airs) and a Mako stick.

Mats Sundin:
Sundin was in the same CCM Vector skates and HT2 helmet from his playing days.  Not from his playing days were the Salming gloves and an Easton Stealth RS stick.

Trevor Kidd:
Trevor Kidd was always known for his Brian’s pads with the most elaborate designs.  This set from his time with the Hanover Scorpions of the DEL were no different.

Doug Gilmour:
Killer was in Warrior Franchises and Hustlers paired with a Reebok 11K stick for this game.  A change from the Winnwell gear he was supplied in last years Legends game.

Adam Foote:
The award with the player wearing the most gear from his playing days would have to go to Adam Foote.  He was still wearing his Avalanche issued CCM HT2 Helmet, Easton E-Pro gloves and pants.  The only item not of his era was the RS stick.

– M

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Moves Like Jagr

Posted in Gear Sightings with tags , , , , , , , on May 6, 2012 by prostocknation

What does Jaromir Jagr do to get his sticks ready for games?  CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada ran a segment on how Jags incorporates superstition and religion into his prep during a Flyers/Devils playoff game.

What do you write on your sticks?

– M

Easton Acquires MLX

Posted in Gear Sightings with tags , , on November 11, 2011 by prostocknation

Easton announced they have acquired MLX.  It should be interesting to see how the skate industry will be shaped after this.  Will Mario Lemieux still be a part of it?

 

VAN NUYS, Calif., Nov. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Easton-Bell Sports, Inc. – a leading designer, developer and marketer of branded sports equipment and accessories under the Easton, Bell, Giro, Riddell and Blackburn brands – today announced its largest and most aggressive commitment in skate innovation through its recent purchase of  MLX Skate’s technology. The newly created Easton Speed Institute will combine MLX’s innovative skate insights with Easton’s design and engineering prowess, leading to a new skate concept expected to be in market for the 2013 hockey season.

“As a brand, Easton is at its best when it reinvents categories with game-changing innovation,” said Chris Zimmerman, president of Easton brands.  “We believe there is a unique opportunity to provide a new approach to the art and speed of skating.  I am excited that Easton is committing to the skate category in a way that parallels our leadership in hockey and lacrosse sticks, baseball and softball bats, and helmets.”

Dave Cruikshank, four-time Olympian speed skater and founder of MLX, has joined the Easton Speed Institute as Chief of Speed, bringing with him a lifetime of work, skate research and development, and a new approach to making hockey players faster.  As an international skater for 16 years, Cruikshank has achieved numerous skating accomplishments including:  Junior World Champion 500m; Olympic Trials Gold Medalist; World Cup Medalist; and four-time USA Olympic Team Member.

“The Easton Speed Institute is about innovating a fresh approach to hockey skate designs that speaks to optimizing speed and creating the ultimate skater’s skate.  The Easton Speed Institute will reinvent how a hockey skate performs, and I am thrilled to be a part of this new team that will create game-changing products,” said Cruikshank.

“Bringing Dave and MLX’s technology into the Easton family gives us the ability to reinvent skates in a way no one has before.  Dave’s remarkable insights into the world of power skating are an exceptional compliment to Easton’s expertise in performance engineering and design,” said Zimmerman.

Cruikshank founded MLX to optimize the potential of both National Hockey League players and grassroots athletes by designing superior equipment with the key elements of comfort, protection and performance.  The company’s roots are based in using a powerful new approach to skate performance that has been known to speed skaters for the past two decades.  With the development of Easton’s new skate, the MLX skate brand will no longer be marketed.

Cruikshank will be joined by Easton veteran Dmitry Rusakov, who will lead a team of designers, engineers, developers and biomechanical experts to drive innovation.  The Easton Speed Institute will be located at Easton’s headquarters in Van Nuys, California and in West Allis, Wisconsin.

About Easton Sports

Easton Sports is a developer, manufacturer, marketer and distributor of baseball, softball, hockey, and lacrosse equipment for both sports professionals and enthusiasts.  Easton Sports focuses on its ability to innovate and create products of unmatched quality and performance including the #1 bat in the College World Series®, Women’s College World Series®, Little League World Series®, and Slow-Pitch Softball, as well as the #1 stick and #1 glove in the National Hockey League.  Headquartered in Van Nuys, Calif., Easton Sports employs over 1,200 people worldwide and maintains facilities in Utah, California, Mexico, Canada and Sweden.  For further information, please visit the company online at www.eastonsports.com.

About Easton-Bell Sports, Inc.

Easton-Bell Sports, Inc. is a leading designer, developer and marketer of branded sports equipment, protective products and related accessories. The company markets and licenses products under such well-known brands as Easton, Bell, Giro, Riddell and Blackburn. Its products incorporate leading technology and designs and are used by professional athletes and enthusiasts alike. Headquartered in Van Nuys, California, the company has 31 facilities worldwide. More information is available at www.eastonbellsports.com.

SOURCE Easton-Bell Sports, Inc.

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– M

Jersey Numbers To Be Added To Front Of Helmets

Posted in Gear Sightings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2011 by prostocknation

Tony Da Costa, Head Equipment Manager of the Minnesota Wild posted these pictures on his Twitter account (@styleswild) yesterday.

Starting the first game of the regular season, all players (excluding goaltenders) will be required to display numbers on the front of their helmets.  This was confirmed by Schuyler Baehman, the NHL’s Senior Manager of Communications, on Twitter in which he stated:

Player numbers will be added to the front forehead (centered) location of all player helmets at the start of this season.

Front numbers are not required to be placed on goaltenders headgear.

Numbers on the front and back of helmets will measure no less than 1.25” and no more than 2” in height

The new number placement is designed to aid on-ice officials, broadcasters, et al. by providing an additional point of player identification

Also note, this year Easton is another brand that is changing from their familiar “E” logo in favor of the word mark on their helmets.  While many people don’t seem to like the changes at first, Bauer has done this for years.  They stopped using the “Flying B” and few people put up a fight about “BAUER” being written across the front of the helmet.

Are you in favor of these new changes?  Can you name another sport which requires both front and back numbers on helmets?

– M

Vancouver Canucks/Rona Jersey Sponsorship

Posted in Gear Sightings, Jerseys with tags , , , , , , , on September 18, 2011 by prostocknation

The Vancouver Canucks opened up main camp today with a couple of sessions open to the general public.  This was an excellent opportunity to catch a first glimpse of what equipment the players will be using during this upcoming season.  The most significant change however, similar to the Toronto Maple Leafs, is the club now bears a patch on the right chest of their practice jerseys with the logo of their sponsor, Rona.

Eddie Lack (pictured below) is still sporting his familiar set of Brian’s Focus with the Lack (obviously) graphics.  From what we can see it’s identical to the set he wore at last year’s training camp and pre-season.  His attire essentially summed up everyone else skating at Rogers Arena today fairly well, not much has changed at all.  With players being such superstitious creatures it’s not surprising the majority of guys at camp are also sticking to what they used last year after such a productive campaign.

Photo Credit: Canucks.com

– M

Ovechkin Signs With Nike, Bauer Next?

Posted in Gear Sightings with tags , , , , , , on September 3, 2011 by prostocknation

A few weeks ago it was confirmed Alexander Ovechkin and CCM were cutting ties.  Much speculation began as to which brands Ovi would endorse next.  He is no longer wear Reebok apparel off the ice after signing a long-term deal with sporting goods giant Nike.

According to reports from the Washington Post (source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capitals-insider/post/alex-ovechkin-returns-to-washington-sports-bauer-gear-during-workout/2011/09/01/gIQAHH6owJ_blog.html) Ovechkin took to the ice in all Bauer equipment today.

Coincidentally, Bauer Hockey also released a teaser video the same day on Facebook featuring one of their Vapor skates with yellow laces, a signature of Ovechkin’s.  (http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150300276390480)

While nothing has been confirmed from Bauer Hockey or Alexander Ovechkin, it doesn’t seem like a matter of if anymore but a matter of when?

Even though Alex is still under contract with the Washington Capitals he is without a doubt the hottest free agent available this off-season.

 

– M

Winnipeg Jets/Blake Wheelers New Warrior Hustlers

Posted in Gear Sightings with tags , , , , , on August 25, 2011 by prostocknation

 

As the Winnipeg Jets have still yet to release their jersey design, Blake Wheeler has uploaded a photo of his Navy Blue Warrior Hustler pants onto Twitter.  It features a slightly altered “Jets” secondary logo compared to the one released on July 22, 2011 embroidered onto the right leg.

(Photo credit: @BiggieFunke on Twitter)

 

– M