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Inside The Equipment Room

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 23, 2010 by prostocknation

Check out the video at this link: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=51949#&navid=nhl-search and the rest of the series of “Inside The Equipment Room” on NHL.com: http://www.nhl.com/ice/search.htm?page=search&q=equipment&tab=videos&rows=10&start=0



They start talking about “alternative protection” at 1:34 into the video and the custom modifications Ilya Kovalchuk had on his skates during his time in Atlanta.

– M

Zetterberg: So Long Easton?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2010 by prostocknation

Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings is a poster boy for Easton Hockey.  He is endorsed by the brand and as a result his name is plastered on all P4 patterns Easton makes in the retail market (even though most players still call the P4 a Forsberg.)  Hockey players are very superstitious and they tend to stick with what works.

Zetterberg fell into a slump early this season and gradually made the switch away from Easton as the games progressed, beginning with the Easton SE16 and S19 sticks.  Zetterberg started using Warriors and the brand also ‘creeped’ to his gloves.  We’re not surprised if this move was influenced by fellow Swede, and former Easton user, Nick Lidstrom but it’s paid off for him as he also made the switch to Warrior last year and scored his first career NHL hat trick at age 40 this week.  Oh, I guess Warrior having their HQ in Michigan and Kris Draper’s involvement with the company has some persuasion in the locker room as well.

2 games ago Zetterberg has switched out practically every piece of Easton gear minus the pants (they are the NHL leader in pants after all.)  If his play starts to pick up don’t expect him to switch back to Easton any time soon.  Maybe it’s time to rename the P4 pattern once again?

Photos are property of Getty Images (www.GettyImages.com)

– M

Jonas Hiller – MLX Goalie Skates

Posted in Pro Stock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2010 by prostocknation

Jonas Hiller has been spotted wearing MLX skates as of late.  It’s the first and only goalie skate offering we’ve seen from this company with Mario Lemieux’s involvement.  We wonder if MLX is coming out with these skates or if they’re just a player’s boot wrapped in a cowling.

The player’s skates have been out for several months now and they’ve got guys like Sergei Gonchar, Daniel Alfredsson, Dustin Byfuglien and Paul Gaustad using their product right now.  But for a skate with a MSRP of $799 (currently on special for $599) we don’t know if we’d want to take the gamble and shell out top of the line money for a skate we can’t even try on before buying.  That being said, we did sign up to test a pair of these skates but unfortunately we were not picked.  So to the guys at MLX, if you’re interested in giving us a shot, drop us a line.

 

Photo is property of Getty Images (www.GettyImages.com)

 

 

– M

Columbus Blue Jackets Unveil 3rd Jersey

Posted in Pro Stock, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on November 29, 2010 by prostocknation

The Columbus Blue Jackets unveiled their brand new 3rd jerseys a few days ago.  As a jersey collector I have always been impressed with the designs of the Blue Jackets’ uniforms and I am really liking the new styling.  I like to see third jerseys standing out from the regular home and away jerseys and Columbus has done so by removing all traces of red, adding the tie downs at the front and utilizing a new logo.

Something that we didn’t like about the Vancouver Canucks’ 3rd jerseys was they simply looked like their home uniform with a tweaked logo on the front.  The stripes were also a bit different but to this day the casual fans are still confused as to which jersey is which.  It would be nice to have a third jersey mean more than just for the sake of having a third jersey.

Since the red has been removed from this color scheme, the Blue Jackets will be wearing Blue pants with a single vertical white stripe on the sides to match these beauties.

Sad to say, it doesn’t look like the Jackets have the same design team for jerseys and mascots because regardless of whatever uniforms you throw on them they still look outrageously horrible.  Who do you guys think is the worst looking of the two mascots?  Stinger or Boomer?

 

 

Photos screen captured from the Columbus Blue Jackets Website (http://bluejackets.nhl.com)

– M

RapidShot: Revisited

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 8, 2010 by prostocknation

The next time your team scrimmages and you’re short one goaltender, strap on a shooter tutor at the other end instead of shooting at an empty net.  I’ll explain later.

We were down at Rogers Arena for the Canucks/Red Wings game and I just couldn’t resist another showdown with the RapidShot.  For those unfamiliar with the RapidShot, please check out our post on it a little while back: https://prostocknation.wordpress.com/2010/10/24/rapidshot-hockey-training-system-rogers-arena-vancouver-bc-canada/

Professional players getting paid millions of dollars to play the game are getting scores of around 300; I’m not making as much as they are so I’m not expecting the same results either.  I shot a disappointing 49.1 at our first session.  My goal for this second time around was to improve on my original score.

I remember often times back in minor hockey we’d shoot on an empty net at one end during scrimmages because we didn’t have a second goaltender.  Of course it wouldn’t be fair if one team could score on an unmanned net so you were told to hit the posts or crossbar.  Ever since that day, shooting at an empty net didn’t feel right unless you heard the ‘ping’ of the iron.

This doesn’t translate well to the world of the RapidShot because if you hit the posts you get a score of zero.  About 4-5 shots of mine rang off the iron and it reflected in my score.  You also get a zero if you hit the white areas on the net.  8/16 (50%) of my shots were zeroes so the next time around I’m going to try to get 80% or more of my shots on target to pull my average up.

It’s also interesting to see where I was the most accurate, the corners I never like shooting at.

November 6, 2010 - Rogers Arena RapidShot

(Click to enlarge image)

The upper-right corner, glove side on most goalies, is the go-to spot for most players to snipe but my mindset was still stuck in scrimmage mode and I was getting nothing but iron.  What even surprised me more was my hit percentage was the highest for the bottom right.  Going bottom glove side would probably be my least favorite corner to aim for but judging from these results I should shoot in that area more often.

If I were to hit the targets consistently I think I would be able to get in around the 140-150 point range.  We’ll see next time, shooting pucks in this contraption is way too addictive and if I’m not too careful I’ll be declaring bankruptcy pretty soon.  I’ve been shooting pucks in the backyard all summer long but there’s just something about the RapidShot that makes you want to keep shooting.

 

– M

Latest Player To Wear Cascade M11 Helmet

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on November 3, 2010 by prostocknation

Keith Ballard of the Vancouver Canucks recently returned to the lineup sporting a Cascade M11 helmet after he suffered a concussion.  Cascade has been the leader in helmets in the lacrosse world and have been trying to tap into the hockey market in recent years.  The brand is starting to pick up and Cascade could turn out to be the prescription for players returning from head injuries in the near future.

Ballard has gone back to his CCM Vector for games but perhaps he’s just sticking with what he’s used to that’s comfortable right now.

The one piece shell construction and the unique shaped foam inside the helmet will help disperse the impact compared to traditional two piece construction models.  Cascade claims it “performs better on successive impacts than EPP foam” (Ex.  Helmets like the Bauer 5000.)

Photo screenshot from Canucks.com

Willie Mitchell of the LA Kings also began wearing one this year after missing almost half of last season due to a concussion from an Evgeni Malkin hit.  Mark Messier has also traded in his signature Winnwell helmet and partnered up with Cascade for “The Messier Project.”

For more information on the Cascade M11, check them out at www.CascadeIceHockey.com

– M

RapidShot Hockey Training System – Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 24, 2010 by prostocknation

We had the privilege to use the RapidShot at Rogers Arena after hours.  The RapidShot system advertises themselves as “The Batting Cage of Hockey” and that is exactly what it is.

How does it work?  The shooter is fed a series of 16 pucks by the computer.  It’s important to keep your head up as you’re shooting because there are four amber colored lights that flash briefly at the corner you’re supposed to aim for.  If you’re not paying attention you can easily miss it.  The closer you are to the corner, the higher your score will be.  The computer measures the speed, accuracy and reaction time of your shot,  plugs all those numbers into an algorithm and dishes out a score based on those three factors.  Your final score is an average of all 16 shots.  You get no points for missing the net.  The speed of the passes and the interval between passes are adjustable to accommodate for different skill levels.

You begin by stepping into the cage and standing on a platform to emulate the height you would be at on skates.  As soon as you’re ready to start, white colored pucks start coming at you.  As the puck travels towards you, it passes by a laser and the clock starts ticking.  As you release the puck it runs by the laser again stopping the clock and that is how your reaction time is measured.    We didn’t notice any radar guns to measure the speed of the puck but we think the computer takes the distance between the shooter and the net and dividing it by the time it takes the puck to travel from the stick (when it travels across the laser the second time) to the moment of the puck hitting the net; your simple “Speed = Distance/Time” formula.

The Vancouver Canucks are using this as a valuable training tool but any fan attending home games at Rogers Arena will be able to use the RapidShot, $5 for 16 shots.


Here’s our PR Manager, Fanny, shooting in the RapidShot.

The top 10 scores are posted on the leaderboard.  Unfortunately we only had enough time to shoot 16 pucks each so our scores are relatively low compared to the more experienced shooters.  Harvey Jones, VP and GM of Building Operations for Rogers Arena, and Rod Brathwaite (yes, he is Fred’s brother) have been in there much more than us, hence the higher scores.  We’re told Ryan Kesler shoots at around 300.

Out of our own group I went first but got dethroned towards the end and finished at a respectable second place.  There were lots of bragging rights up for grabs.  At least I can say my reaction time was the fastest.

We can’t wait to go back and use the RapidShot again.  Currently, there are only three facilities in the Lower Mainland with this system installed and we’re hoping there will be more very soon.  If you haven’t tried it yet, you’re definitely missing out.  Until next time!

– M