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FIGHT THE FAKE: Canucks 40th Anniversary Jerseys

Posted in Counterfeit Jerseys with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2011 by prostocknation

Despite being a self proclaimed “Glove whore,” I am a jersey aficionado of more than 10 years and also having worked in a couple of jersey stores myself.  With a recent spike in counterfeit jerseys during the holiday shopping season and the Canucks starting their “Fight The Fake” initiative it sparked me to write a post on what to look out for if you’re planning to buy a 40th Anniversary Canucks jersey. You don’t want to get suckered into buying a fake do you?  Being familiar with what you’re buying is the best way to avoid counterfeit jerseys.  Knowledge is your best weapon against fakes.  Read on.

Above: Some photos we found after 5 minutes of searching on Craigslist offering 40th jerseys for sale.

First off let’s go over the three different types of Reebok jerseys available: (If you haven’t read our post on Edge 1.0 vs 2.0 it may help you better understand the materials used.)

Glossary:

Premier: Also known as “Replica” jerseys these are the fan’s equivalent of the ones the players wear on the ice. They are made overseas with a 100% polyester two-way stretch pique fabric. All the front crests will be glued onto the jersey, there are slits on both sides of the jersey and there is a Reebok vector logo on the left sleeve. The Men’s Premier jerseys come in Small to XX-Large (up to XXXX-Large in some cases.)

Retail Authentic: These are all made in Canada with Reebok’s X-trafil four-way stretch water repellent fabric (“Edge 1.0”) Everything, and I do mean everything on this jersey is stitched, it has a fight strap, and overall is a much heavier jersey than their Premier counterparts. The only sizes made for retail are 46, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58.) Please note Reebok DOES NOT make a size 48. If you see a size 48 it is 100% fake.

Game Issued/Game Worn: They are as they sound. Game Issued jerseys are done up for a player who may play for the team but never got around to and Game Worn jerseys are well, worn by the players in a game. There is an option for Edge 1.0 (X-trafil) or Edge 2.0 (Air Knit.) The smallest size we’ve ever seen was a 54 with the largest being 60.  These do not have the black Reebok tag inside the jersey above the size tag like the Retail Authentics.

Your 40th Jersey will either have the 40th Anniversary patch or it won’t. Many reputable sporting goods stores or specialty jersey shops will carry the 40th Jerseys without the patch but only the official Vancouver Canucks Team Store will sell it with such patch. All the counterfeits we have seen of this jersey include the patch so that’s what I’ll focus on.  Also keep in mind these only come in white.  If you see a blue jersey with the 40th patch it’s safe to say it’s fake.

THERE ARE NO RETAIL AUTHENTIC JERSEYS WITH THE 40TH PATCH. I REPEAT, THERE ARE NO RETAIL AUTHENTIC JERSEYS WITH THE 40TH PATCH!  Retail Authentics (made of Edge 1.0) do exist but they will not have the 40th Anniversary patch.

Since the patch is exclusive to the Canucks Team Store, they only sell the Premier jerseys, NO AUTHENTICS! If you are buying a 40th Anniversary jersey with a patch and fight strap it is most likely fake! Why do I say “most likely” and not “for sure”?

The only legitimate 40th Anniversary jerseys with the fight strap and patch are Game Issued/Game Worn jerseys. The 40th Jersey only came in Edge 2.0 so if yours isn’t Air Knit it’s fake. If you wanted one the only way to obtain one is to be one of the 24 lucky fans on December 18, 2010 when Vancouver played Toronto and won one off a player’s back OR buy a game worn directly from the Vancouver Canucks’ Director of Retail Operations. If you got one with a fight strap and 40th patch by any other means then I can assure you it is a fake.

Are you unsure about the authenticity of your jersey? Take some pictures and drop us a line and we can help you out. Stay away from buying your jerseys on eBay, Craigslist or anywhere online unless you absolutely know what you are doing.

What do you do if you happen to buy a fake?  In previous years the Montreal Canadiens offered a program where consumers can trade in their counterfeit jerseys for a discount on a legitimate jersey.  The Vancouver Canucks should be following suit soon.

Also check out the Canucks’ Fight The Fake page: http://canucks.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=66864

– M

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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

ProStockNation.com Contests

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2010 by prostocknation

Congratulations to the winner of our first pair of Row 6 Canucks Open Practice tickets on Twitter, Ken L. (hockeyfan1992)!  The next draw will be on Wednesday, September 29, 2010.  Remember to follow @ProStockNation on Twitter and RT to win!

We’d also like to thank our friends at BASE Hockey (www.MyBaseHockey.com) for supplying us with a few prizes for our readers and watchers.  Stay tuned to our blog and on Twitter to see how you can win an Al Iafrate and Cliff Ronning signed BASE Hockey poster or hat!

– M

Pro Stock Review: Warrior Franchise 14″ Glove – Rob Davison/Vancouver Canucks

Posted in Equipment Reviews, Pro Stock with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2010 by prostocknation

Warrior Franchise 14” Rob Davison Vancouver Canucks Pro Stock

As a glove enthusiast the main criteria I look for in a glove includes the outer shell being constructed of Tufftek and plastic inserts.  After switching over from leather gloves I’ve had no complaints about Tufftek.  It’s lightweight, breathable and not to mention it won’t crack over time like leather tends to do; and personally I prefer the look of Tufftek (Nylon.)  There are plastic inserts all over this glove which offer extra protection while minimizing added weight.  Oh, and I’m also a sucker for traditional 4-roll  style gloves.

Since these gloves are pro stock there are a few variations compared to their retail cousins:

  • Cuff graphic package is different (larger ‘Warrior’ font vs Stripes)
  • Mesh Gussets
  • Digital Palms
  • Silver Shield in the fingers

First off you’ll notice these gloves have the larger Warrior font package, there is an extra charge for this ‘option’ when customizing.  I prefer very plain gloves so this solid blue color with white graphics looks really appealing to my eyes.  Aesthetically there’s not much else to say other than the graphics are still screened on like the retail models.

Mesh gussets are my new found love.  I prefer mesh over any material on most retail hockey gloves like Nash or MSH2 because it allows for much more airflow.  One of the least desirable feelings in hockey is to have your hands soaked in sweat inside your gloves while you’re playing.  The mesh gussets really help with keeping your hands cool and to an extent, dry.

But what really sold me on these gloves were the digital palms.  This being my second experience with digital (first was on a pair of Eagle CP94), I had to have them.  For those who have not heard of digital, it’s the thinnest performance palm available on the market, similar to the palm you’d find on a pair of golf gloves.  Digital palms are a performance palm and is not warrantied and that’s probably why retail model gloves don’t come with them.  If you want to give digital a try you can always re-palm your existing pair or go the custom route.  All other palms, including the oh so popular MSH2, will feel thick after using digital.  As with all good things there are a few cons as well.  To extend the life of your investment you must be extra careful compared to other palms.  If you’re particularly hard on your gear or frequently forget to air out your equipment then digital is not for you.  Since the palm is very thin it rips easier than other materials.  I’m really easy on my gear and I’ve used these gloves for about a year and they are holding up fine.  Avoid sharp edges on the knob of your stick and NEVER wipe your skate blades with these gloves (This is a given with ANY palm.)  My previous pair of digital palms lasted a year and I purchased them used.  Make sure you dry them out as soon as possible otherwise the palms get rather crusty, a rather unpleasant feeling the next time you put them on.

The Silver Shield lining is a fantastic feature to have, especially in the fingers (next paragraph will explain why.)  It wicks away moisture and prevents bacteria from growing.  I played outside in 30°C weather and my hands were amazingly dry.  I played later in the week in similar weather with my Eagle CP94 and my hands were soaked.  The lining dries much faster than most gloves so it’s ideal if you have more than one ice time in a day.

The Franchise is one of the more expensive gloves on the market but it’s worth it.  If you’re interested in a pair I’d skip the retail route and go custom.  I’ve tried on some retail versions of this glove (without Silver Shield in the fingers) and the glove feels very abrasive against my knuckles.  I’m sure with a bit of breaking in the gloves will feel fine but mine felt comfortable the first time I used them.  Customizing a pair of gloves will also give you the opportunity to choose palms and gussets not available on a glove off the store shelf.  I would suggest mesh gussets like I have with this pair but the palm should be chosen according to the level and frequency of hockey you play.  If you can afford to buy these gloves, go for it.  Few gloves can rival the Franchise especially when so many gloves are being made overseas now.