Hockey Equipment Guides & Pro Tips
New to hit the ice for the 2019-2020 season is CCM’s latest addition to their low-kick stick line with the introduction of the Trigger 4 Pro Stick! Featuring an improved shaft geometry and blade, it’s no question that the Trigger 4 Pro Stick is CCM’s most advanced to date. Let’s take a quick look at some of the details.
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!
A few months back we invited Carolyn Steele, the Senior Brand Manager of Head Safety for Bauer Hockey, to our headquarters in North Texas. With Carolyn, we were excited to discuss some of the features found within Bauer’s new Re-Akt 150 Ice Hockey Helmet! With that said, lets take a look at some of those features that make this helmet Bauer’s most advanced to date.
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.
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?”
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.
With the release of the CCM JetSpeed FT2 Hockey Stick coming on July 26th, CCM aimed to include a few key improvements for this iteration over its’ predecessor. The JetSpeed line was initially designed to give players the optimum balance between a quick shot release and power, and this new generation is no different! Thanks to CCM, I was able to use the JetSpeed FT2 on the ice to take a look at the upgrades.
Ice hockey is a fast and physical game, and players need to do what they can to slow the other team down. Sometimes, however, players get too physical or do too much to try and gain the upper hand. When this happens, they can get themselves in trouble with the officials, who can hand out any number of penalties based on how serious the offense is. Let’s break down what these penalties are, how they're enforced and how you can learn to spot them.
Ice hockey is one of the most unique and exciting sports to play or watch, but some hockey rules can be confusing to players who are new to the game. We're going to provide a quick hockey for dummies guidebook to get you completely caught up on hockey basics and the major rules of hockey.
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.
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.
As their name suggests, ice hockey shin guards are meant to guard a player's shins and lower leg from fast-flying pucks and sticks. In order to achieve the ultimate protection and comfort, it's important to know how to size shin guards properly. Here, we'll give you everything you need to know about shin guards – sizes, comfort and finding the right fit.
Back in July of 2018, CCM unveiled their Hybrid kick point on their first-generation JetSpeed stick. This year’s iteration, aptly named the JetSpeed FT2, is headlined by that same ever-popular hybrid kick point! Additionally, it has been redesigned for the speed of today’s game making it CCM’s most advanced hockey stick to date!
Brand new for the 2020 season is the Super Tacks AS1 Protective line from CCM Hockey! The Super Tacks line is one of the most easily-recognizable lines in hockey, with everything from sticks to skates. CCM looks to build upon this widely popular line with the release of their brand new AS1 Protective Equipment that incorporates their most advanced features to date!
Warrior’s all-new protective line, known as Alpha DX, is an overhaul on their ever-popular Alpha QX line from 2017. Previous iterations were designed to optimize fit, feel, and protection. Continuing this, a few tweaks were introduced to key areas within the Alpha DX gloves, shoulder pads, elbow pads, and shin guards, helping create Warrior Hockey’s most advanced protective line to date!
The all-new RibCor 80K Skates from CCM Hockey feature a revamped and modernized design, as well as the new SpeedBlade XS Holder! With a unique combination of superior comfort, fit, and performance, it is no wonder guys like Nathan MacKinnon, John Tavares, and Matt Duchene prefer them!
It is no secret that over the years the price of ice hockey skates has steadily risen. Now they are investments, meant to last for years. So, as a new skate buyer, what can you do to ensure you get the most life out of your skates as possible? This article will go over the process, from start to finish, on how to achieve just that!
In 2018, CCM released their first one-piece boot within the JetSpeed line, the JetSpeed FT1 Hockey Skates. Brand new for 2019, CCM introduces their evolution of that one-piece boot with the unveiling of their new JetSpeed FT2 Hockey Skates! With the new LITEFRAME 360 EVO Technology, and the new SpeedBlade XS holder, there is only one word for these new JetSpeed FT2 skates….ELITE.
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.