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Jersey Numbers To Be Added To Front Of Helmets

Posted in Gear Sightings with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2011 by prostocknation

Tony Da Costa, Head Equipment Manager of the Minnesota Wild posted these pictures on his Twitter account (@styleswild) yesterday.

Starting the first game of the regular season, all players (excluding goaltenders) will be required to display numbers on the front of their helmets.  This was confirmed by Schuyler Baehman, the NHL’s Senior Manager of Communications, on Twitter in which he stated:

Player numbers will be added to the front forehead (centered) location of all player helmets at the start of this season.

Front numbers are not required to be placed on goaltenders headgear.

Numbers on the front and back of helmets will measure no less than 1.25” and no more than 2” in height

The new number placement is designed to aid on-ice officials, broadcasters, et al. by providing an additional point of player identification

Also note, this year Easton is another brand that is changing from their familiar “E” logo in favor of the word mark on their helmets.  While many people don’t seem to like the changes at first, Bauer has done this for years.  They stopped using the “Flying B” and few people put up a fight about “BAUER” being written across the front of the helmet.

Are you in favor of these new changes?  Can you name another sport which requires both front and back numbers on helmets?

– M

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Easton EQ50 Skates

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 17, 2011 by prostocknation

We are 14 days away from the release of this skate and last week we had a question through Twitter (@ProStockNation for those of you not already following us) as to what skate Matt Cullen of the Minnesota Wild was wearing.

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@prostocknation Is Matt Cullen wearing the new APX’s? Someone said he was in something new but couldn’t decipher the brand…

With the previous flop, if you can even call it that, of the EQ5 skate (for those who are unfamiliar this skate was worn by a few pros, stores started taking pre-orders but it never went into retail production) Easton has gone back to the drawing board and has come out with a completely new skate.

At $529.99US it makes it a very affordable top end skate and many manufacturers are really making a push towards composite materials.

With Cullen being a Bauer Vapor X:60 user prior to this we’ll also be keeping an eye on him to see whether or not he will be making the switch back to his old skates or even the APX (being released in April.)

Matt Cullen has Tuuk LS2 holders installed on his skates and obviously the retail ones will come with Easton’s own Razor Bladz II.  Tuuks are by far the most popular holder in the NHL right now but the Razor Bladz is one of the most underrated.  It’s a terrific product and it isn’t too prone to torquing on heavier skaters like others.  It has been the go-to holder for Easton’s skates in the last couple lines of skates so you know it’s not a dud they’re going to dump after one skate (see: Tuuk LS Power.)

Many online websites are already taking pre-orders for this skate which ships March 31 (Pavel Bure’s 40th birthday just in case you wanted to know) and we haven’t been so excited about an Easton skate since they released the Z-Air (the silver one with the white Razor Bladz holder, not the black with composite holder and parabolic stainless steel runners.

– M

 

* Both photos in this post are property of GettyImages.com