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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

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CityTV BT: Canucks 2012 Equipment Sale Preview

Posted in Equipment Sales with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 7, 2012 by prostocknation

Dawn Chubai from CityTV’s Breakfast Television gave viewers a taste of what will be available at this weekend’s year end Vancouver Canucks Equipment Sale:

  • Skates – $275
  • Gloves – $125+
  • Goalie Pants – $200
  • Sticks – $40+

Edge Socks, Goalie Equipment (Pads, C/A, Catcher, Blocker, Sticks), Game Worn Jerseys, and Elbow Pads are all seen in the video as well but no prices have been given.

The Equipment Sale will take place at Rogers Arena on June 9 and 10 from 11am-5pm.  Season Ticket Holders will have early access at 9am, Blue Line /Sponsors at 10am.  Stock will be brought out each day.

You can watch the original video here: http://video.citytv.com/video/detail/1678675519001.000000/dawn-gets-to-check-out-the-canucks-dressing-room/

If you do attend the sale, be sure to share your purchases and findings with us!

– M

Less Than 12 Hours Away! Preview: Vancouver Canucks Equipment Sale 2011

Posted in Equipment Sales with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2011 by prostocknation

Welcome to ProStockNation.com’s exclusive preview of the Vancouver Canucks 2011 Equipment Sale.

Oh how things have changed.  If you have been to the Canucks’ sales in the past you might be thinking how different the pictures below look.  Sales went from being a huge annual 2-day excursion with loads of equipment scattered across the arena concourse to a single day event and now gear has been sold year round at the Canucks Outlet Store halfway across town.

The equipment sale this year will be housed in an area that’s about the same size as the average Downtown Vancouver studio suite.

You will find a wide variety of equipment from current and past seasons.  Contrary to our earlier reports, there will not be new stock brought out each day.  Stock is limited and everything will be on a first come first served basis.  There will be no limits on how much you can buy.  There are different price points for sticks.  These price points will be indicated by lists posted on the wall separated by tape.

Gloves will be scattered in several wire bins as well as on top of the sticks.

In the “goalie corner” you will find brand new and used gear from the likes of Roberto Luongo, Cory Schneider, Jason LaBarbera, Andrew Raycroft, and Michael Houser among others.

Skates are nicely laid out into two main sections… prehistoric (CCM Mustangs, Bauer Vapor 10, older CCM Tacks) and the present (more recent model skates.)

This is an equipment sale first!  Since this is a smaller sale the preparation was more precisely done than the previous ones.  Many of the skates will have a tag indicating the player, model name, and the size.  This will make finding your size much easier than the conventional methods of “guessing and checking” and looking underneath the insole/skate and praying for some sign of marking.

In the “premium corner” you will find game used equipment from the more popular players on the team such as the Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Ryan Kesler, and Alexandre Burrows.

If you go to the sale, please share with us what you picked up!

– M

ProStockNation.com Venturing Out To Goal Equipment

Posted in Goaltending with tags , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2010 by prostocknation

Finally we’ve secured the funds to buy some goalie equipment and give the position a try.  The only other time I’ve strapped on the pads was back in Bantam for a scrimmage.  ProStockNation.com will serve as a mini-blog to document my transition from player to goaltender.

When it comes to equipment, when Pro Stock is not available we still like to buy Canadian-made goods because the quality and craftsmanship is top notch; not to mention we enjoy supporting our local shops and manufacturers.

I’ve still got a long way to go to complete my entire set of goalie gear but here’s the list so far:

I purchased the Brian’s DX2 Pro Blocker and DX5 Catcher with a Hackva 2608 Mask on order right now.  2/3 of the items are made in Canada which made it even more appealing to buy.

What made the Brian’s set attractive was the fit and weight.  Since Brian’s uses nothing but foams instead of plastic in their products, the end result is amazingly lightweight.  The palm and gussets of the blocker are made with a mesh material for ultimate breathability and reinforced with a clarino overlay for durability.

The catcher is nothing spectacular as it is an entry level model made off-shore (in Thailand specifically) so we’re not going to bother to show it just yet.

The Hackva 2608 is currently on order and we will feature it as soon as it comes in.  I decided to go with the Hackva because simply there was no better mask in the $400 range.  They are the only company, not just in goalie equipment but for hockey in general, to offer a lifetime warranty on their product.  The 2608 is hand assembled in Canada with with Kevlar, Fibreglass and a touch of Carbon.

What initially got me interested in this mask were the amount of positive reviews and recommendations online.  I drove down to my local shop to take a look and to try it on; I was very impressed with the fit and quality of the mask.  It’s on par with it’s more expensive counterparts and at $400 it’s an absolute steal.  We exchanged a few emails with Cindy Hackman of Hackva before we went down to our local dealer and have had very quick and informative replies from her.

Check them out at www.Hackva.com.

Our mask should be here in 1-1.5 weeks.  I’ll post some pics when it comes in!

 

– M