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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

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

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