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Pro Hockey Life – Vaughan Mills

Posted in Shops with tags , , , , , , on January 3, 2013 by prostocknation

I visited Pro Hockey Life at the Vaughan Mills Outlet in Vaughn, Ontario a short while ago.  Being from the west coast this was one of the shops that I only read about and saw videos of online.  Even back home our so-called “Megastores” are only a fraction of the size of this giant.

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Upon walking into the store there are 4 mannequins fully decked out in the latest gear along with a very abstract hockey stick piece of art hanging from the ceiling.
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All of the equipment was carefully displayed and sized accordingly.  Finding what you needed was very easy even without the help of the sales associates, which there were lots of but nobody greeted us except for the girl at the cash register and the employee working at the Rapid Shot (more on this later.)

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The pants, which are one of the most difficult pieces of merchandise to sort through and organize, were stored on massive shelves in the middle of the store.

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After walking through “Stick Alley” it leads you directly to the Rapid Shot.  (Check out our previous posts and experiences with it: https://prostocknation.wordpress.com/tag/rapidshot/)  For those of you unfamiliar with Rapid Shot it is the batting cage of hockey.  You are given 16 pucks to shoot and are rated based on shot speed, accuracy and reaction time.

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The Rapid Shot here is set up exactly like the one we tested before at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC.  I really wish more stores had this installed as it will make the stick buying decision much quicker and easier.  I have had many dilemmas contemplating which stick I should buy only going by the in-store feel.  Some of the times I’ve purchased sticks that felt excellent in store but once it came time to using it on the ice I absolutely hated it.

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Pro Hockey Life in Vaughan, Ontario is a definite must visit if you are in the area.  While I did not find any pro stock hockey equipment at this location I was still in awe at the size and selection available at this store.  Make sure to give the Rapid Shot a try before you leave!

– M

Pro Hockey Life Vaughan Mills
1 Bass Pro Mills Drive Unit C3
Vaughan, ON L4K 5W4
Canada

(905) 669-9088
www.ProHockeyLife.com

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