June 04, 2020
What a season it was for NHL rookies throughout the league, with most of the spotlight and hype surrounding the first and second overall draft picks, Jack Hughes of the Devils and Kaapo Kakko of the Rangers. Both started to come into their own and show highlights of elite-level skill while both playing for underperforming teams.
May 28, 2020
On Tuesday afternoon, league commissioner Gary Bettman announced the NHL’s Return to Play Plan for the playoffs, thus effectively ending the regular season. This announcement was delivered via a 16-minute video, which was complicated regarding certain topics, so we’re here to break it down.
January 24, 2020
The newest iteration of True’s low-kick hockey stick line features the biggest update since the initial launch of the A-Series sticks back in late 2017. The True AX9 Hockey Stick has been completely redesigned from the ground up, starting with a new build. It is composed of what is now known as True’s FiberShield Technology. This interior carbon fiber uses nanoparticles to help improve consistency and impact strength.
January 24, 2020
Ice Hockey Girdles are an alternative to Ice Hockey Pants, with a few differences in sizing, fits, and overall appearance. Can’t decide if you want an ice hockey girdle? This guide will help explain the differences between the two, how a girdle should fit, and things to consider, so let's take a look!
December 27, 2019
This past decade of the National Hockey League is arguably one of the most exciting we have seen in years, making the case that, league-wide, is bigger, faster, and stronger, than the eras before it. We have witness dynasties rise and fall, the battle (literally and figuratively) between two of the best players the league has ever seen in Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, and a few rule changes to make the game faster, and more exciting, than it’s ever been.
December 04, 2019
The month of November was an exciting one in the NHL, with quite a few changes being made within the standings. We will go over a few teams who we think stood out and shot up in the rankings, as well as mention a few teams that are falling in the standings and performing below expectations. So, without further ado, lets jump right in.
November 27, 2019
New for late 2019 is CCM’s newest addition to their low-kick line of sticks with their introduction of the brand-new Trigger 4 Pro Stick! We decided to put it up against its predecessor, the Trigger 3D, and compare some of the stats and specs to see what helps take the Trigger 4 Pro to that next level. Let’s jump into it.
November 15, 2019
After getting drafted first overall by the Washington Capitals in the 2004 Draft, Alex Ovechkin essentially became the face of the franchise almost overnight. Everyone knew this kid was a big, physical left winger with a wicked shot. And Ovechkin’s impact was evident right from game one. He would finish his rookie season with an astonishing 106 points and 52 goals.
November 08, 2019
Since the beginning of the sports’ history, some form of an ice hockey puck has been used during gameplay. While it has made a few changes over the years, the ice hockey puck has always been an imperative part of the game. Even fans view the game pucks as a one of a kind souvenir if they are able to get their hands on one! Throughout this article, you can expect to learn the dimensions and weight of a standard hockey puck, their construction process and what they are made of, a brief history of an ice hockey puck, some of the different varieties of hockey pucks, as well as some frequently asked questions.
November 01, 2019
The month of October was an exciting start to the NHL, with quite a few changes being made within the standings. We will go over a few teams who we think stood out and shot up in the rankings, as well as mention a few teams that are falling in the standings and performing below expectations. So, without further ado, lets jump right in.
October 18, 2019
As the NHL season gets underway, a number of NHL rookies have made their impressions on the league, scoring their first goals and points as professionals. Check out these highlights from Kaapo Kakko, Quinn Hughes, Jack Hughes, and Nick Suzuki.
September 26, 2019
Over the past 10 or so years, we have seen a huge advancement when it comes to the technology of Ice Hockey gear. The ability to customize skates and sticks to your exact specs and needs, to machines that can read you’re your exact foot shape in the matter of seconds using just an iPad. For 2020, CCM Hockey has taken that a step further with the introduction of their brand-new Hockey Stick Fitter!
September 24, 2019
With the recent release of Warrior’s newest stick, the Alpha DX, we decided to take a look at some of the similarities and differences between it and the most recent stick within the Covert line, the Covert QRE SuperLight.
September 13, 2019
The last time we saw a Super Tacks stick from CCM was their release of the Super Tacks AS1 back in July of last year. Fast-Forward to September 2019 and we now have the CCM Super Tacks AS2 Pro Hockey Stick!
September 06, 2019
With most of the summer showcase tournaments out of the way, we can now get a better look at some exciting rookies to look forward to watching during this upcoming NHL season! It’s no secret that the past two draft classes have not had a shortage of talent, with guys getting drafted and almost immediately jumping into a starting role on an NHL roster. Let’s take a look at some NHL Rookies that we are excited to watch during the 2019-2020 season!
August 30, 2019
November 2017 is the last time we saw a new iteration of the Vapor stick line when Bauer released their ever-popular Vapor 1X Lite stick. Fast forward to almost two years later and Bauer has unveiled their latest addition to their low-kick stick line with the introduction of the Vapor FlyLite stick! While the FlyLite and the 1X Lite have the same general characteristics, the FlyLite has been tweaked a little bit to keep of with the speed of today’s game. Let’s take a look at some of those changes.
July 12, 2019
In 2017, Bauer Hockey unveiled what was then their latest and most advanced iteration of their Vapor skates with the release of the 2017 Vapor 1X’s. Featuring upgrades like the Lock-Fit Pro facing and liner, along with an improved asymmetrical quarter package, these skates were built with speed and agility in mind. Fast-forward to 2019 and Bauer has outdone themselves once again with the introduction of the brand new 2019 Vapor line, with the flagship model going by the name of the Vapor 2X Pro’s!
July 05, 2019
Last month, HockeyMonkey invited Donnie Drake from Bauer Hockey to our headquarters in Allen, Texas to discuss the release of their new Bauer Vapor Skate line! Talking with Donnie, he was able to explain the upgrades we can look forward to seeing within this new skate line from Bauer. It quickly became evident that these new features work together to provide players with the quickest and lightest skates possible.
June 18, 2019
In most NHL Drafts, there is almost always a clear-cut number one guy followed by a clear-cut number two guy, and so on. This draft is a little bit different, though. While Hughes is technically ranked as the projected #1 pick, the race for that top spot could not be closer. In fact, some scouts say this is the tightest race we have ever seen.
June 14, 2019
During this year’s Winter Classic game between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks, we got a chance to get our first glimpse at the latest upcoming stick from Warrior, the Alpha DX Hockey Stick! With this stick already being used by several pros, including Erik Karlsson and Zdeno Chara, we have gotten just a brief look at this upcoming release from Warrior Hockey. So, let’s take a deeper look into the new Alpha DX Hockey Stick.
May 31, 2019
With the release of the brand new RibCor 80K Hockey Skates from CCM Hockey, it’s likely that the first question to pop into your head is, “what makes the 80K’s better than last year’s iteration, the 70K’s?”
May 24, 2019
We first saw the Fantom QRE stick teased in this year’s Stadium Series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers with it being used by Wayne Simmonds and Brian Dumoulin. Fans and gear heads quickly noticed it, despite its sleek, “low-profile” look. More recently, Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers has been seen using the Fantom QRE as well.
May 16, 2019
Every spring since 1920, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) holds the premier international ice hockey tournament. Fifty national teams are broken up into four groups and battle for either gold, silver, or bronze medals. To start, teams are randomly placed into two groups, group A or group B, based on their world ranking. This ranking is based on their placing at the previous Winter Olympics, along with their four previous World Championship placements.