Canucks Release 40th Anniversary Jersey

July 7, 2010 by Tyler  
Filed under Hockey Equipment

The Vancouver Canucks finally released their 40th Anniversary Jersey today.

The new jersey features a blend of the classic Blue and Green Canucks colors with vintage ‘stick in rink’ logo. Other features of the 40th Anniversary jersey include the main white color with blue and green accents and a large ‘V’ for Vancouver on each sleeve with only the player number on the back. The 40th Anniversary patch will adorn the upper right chest of the jersey.

The jersey will be worn several times throughout the season, including the home opener versus the Los Angeles Kings. The ‘Original’ jersey will not feature a name bar, but the classic horizontal lines on the bottom of the jersey and at the elbows on the sleeves will remain. Completing the look will be green and white horizontal stripes on the bottom of the pants, as well as one thick green and blue stripe on each sock.


Vancouver Canucks 40th Anniversary jersey

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Cleaning Hockey Equipment – A Challenging Task.

June 26, 2010 by Tyler  
Filed under Hockey Equipment

If you’ve played hockey for any reasonable length of time, you will no doubt be familiar with the ‘unique’ fragrance produced by well used hockey equipment. A quick wiff of a skate, glove, or heaven forbid a shinpad, can often be enough turn the stomach of even the most grizzled veteran.

And while most players and parents  make an effort to wash the equipment that can be washed in a regular washing machine, it still leaves a lot to be desired. The odor causing bacteria that resides in equipment that can’t be traditionally washed such as gloves, skates and elbow pads not only stinks, but can be dangerous.  In fact Joe Thornton and other NHL players have missed several games due to an elbow infection caused by bacteria from equipment. Some, including, Thornton have even required surgery for Staph infections.

Often we don’t think of the health consequences of having such bacteria lingering in our equipment, but are mostly concerned about the smell. The truth is that the bacteria are the cause of both the stench and the health concerns, so we we must get rid of the bacteria to solve both problems.

Over the past few years, I am sure you have noticed machines popping up at local rinks and pro-shops that promise to get the odor out of your equipment in just a few minutes.  Several of these machines use Ozone technology which kills the bacteria and helps to eliminate the odor. Ozone is powerful and effective, used in water treatment for years, and is proven to eliminate 97-99% of bacteria living on your equipment.

Which Equipment Sanitizing Machine To Use?

Sani Sport Hockey Equipment Sanitization MachineA good start when looking for a product to use is always is to find out what the professionals are using. In this case, 27 of 30 NHL teams use an equipment cleaning machine from Sani Sport.

When such an overwhelming majority of professional teams use the same technology, it says a lot about the effectiveness and quality of the product.  With that in mind, calls were made to local shops looking for a store that used Sani Sport. Finding none in Regina,  a quick search of the Sani Sport website revealed that the local Canadian Football League team uses the Sani Sport machine.

With training camp just completed and the regular season about to get underway, it was surprising to be able to get in touch with Roughriders Equipment Manager, Gordon Gilroy. Although Gilroy couldn’t arrange time to allow a test of the machine, he did offer some strong words of praise for Sani Sport.

In addition to routinely sanitizing the Roughriders football gear, Gilroy also mentioned that he used the machine during the World Junior Hockey Championship that was hosted in Regina this past winter.

Joking about how bad hockey equipment smells, Gilroy stated “I did hockey equipment in there during the World Juniors and it was unbelievable… even the gloves that went in there came out smelling just like new, it’s crazy.”

Final Thoughts On Cleaning Hockey Gear

Ultimately, it is important to get your hockey equipment sanitized at least a couple of times per season to avoid the health risks of infection. In addition, it will likely gain some brownie points with other members of your household by keeping the hockey smell out of the house.

*Tip – Use Febreze Antimicrobial (not regular Febreze) on your equipment following each use. This will help to keep the odor and bacteria in check between trips to the Sani-sport machine.

Have you used an equipment sanitization machine? What was your experience?

Bauer TotalOne Skates

June 7, 2010 by Tyler  
Filed under Hockey Equipment

Bauer Supreme TotalOne Skate reviewWith the new Total One skate, Bauer has developed, the envelope has been pushed with respect to lightweight performance at the high end of the skate market.

Using the standard  Size 8 weight test, the Total One skate tipped the scales at just 695 grams – one of the lightest skates ever manufactured.

Exterior

The Total One features the same heat moldable Alive composite upper that was used on the Bauer One95 , but has now added a  new ALIVE composite insole and a new texalium composite outsole. Both of these contribute to the lighter weight of the skate, along with the innovative Fusion runner.

The reflex tongue is another new feature that the TotalOne is promoting heavily. The tongue actually has a sleeve that holds an ALIVE flexible insert in one of three flexes – medium, stiff, xstiff.  The theory is that as you lean forward in your stride, the skate flexes and then springs you back.  It’s really hard to notice until you take the insert out completely, and then install the xstiff insert immediately after.

Interior

One of the lightest and best ventilated skates is the Easton S19 skate, but the new TotalOne features venting in the footbed that rivals Easton’s.  These vents in the footbed allow moisture to escape from the bottom and increase airflow when drying the skates.

Inside the skate, the hydrophobic grip-light liner replaces the clarino liner from the One95. Alexei Ponikarovsky is on record as saying that he prefers the new liner, but others still prefer the clarino liner.  Frankly, I think the new liner will take some getting used to for anyone moving from a clarino lined boot.

Blades

The Tuuk LS Fusion runner is the most significant change in technology on the TotalOne.  By merging aluminum with the standard stainless steel, the runner becomes nearly 30% lighter than traditional models.  The new Fusion runner is matched with the familiar Tuuk LS2 holder that is common among Bauer skates.

All in all the TotalOne skate deserves recognition at the top end of the skate market.  It’s light, responsive and comfortable out of the box. The ALIVE material molds very well when heated and they look good too!  I’m not sold on the reflex tongue – seems gimmicky, but I’ll keep trying it and comparing to other skates.

Buy The TotalOne Skates

Right now you can get the best price and Free shipping for the Bauer TotalOne skates from Total Hockey.com

World’s Largest Hockey Stick And Puck

March 17, 2010 by Tyler  
Filed under Hockey Equipment

The World’s largest hockey stick was found during a quick search on Flickr. At first we thought we would find Zdeno Chara’s stick, but we were mistaken.

Zdeno Chara shoots Left and this giant stick at the Cowichan Community Centre in Duncan, British Columbia is a Right-Hand shot!
World's Largest Hockey Stick
Thanks to bcanna for the image!

Facts on the World’s Biggest Hockey Stick & Puck:

  • The World’s Largest Hockey Stick & Puck is 40 times life size.
  • The shaft and blade of the stick are made in sections with steel-reinforced Douglas Fir beams measuring 3 foot by 4 foot (91.44 cm by 1.2192 m) for a total length of 205 feet (62.48 metres).
  • The stick weighs 28,118 kg (61,000 pounds) and was built in Penticton BC. The final product was trucked to Vancouver in two pieces, spliced together on the ground, then lifted into position on August 21, 1985.
  • After the fair in Vancouver, the hockey stick was transported to Vancouver Island by barge and 3 flat bed trucks exactly two years later, on August 21, 1987.
  • The World’s Largest Hockey Stick & Puck was dedicated at the Cowichan Community Centre in Duncan on May 21, 1988, two years to the day after Expo ’86 opened.

The Guinness Book of World Records officially granteded the title of World’s Largest Hockey Stick on July 14, 2008 after a 20-year battle for recognition. At one third the length of Duncan’s stick, residents of Eveleth, Minnesota can no longer claim their 21-metre wooden hockey stick to be the biggest.

Source: BC Attractions.

Easton S19 Z-Shock Helmet

March 5, 2010 by Tyler  
Filed under Hockey Equipment

Easton S19 Z-Shock Hockey HelmetWhen Easton released the S19 hockey stick, the addressed the concerns that players had with the S17 stick.  So, when I heard about the release of the S19 helmet, I was hoping they addressed a couple of issues from the old Easton S17 Helmet as well. In particular, the fit of the helmet to the contour of the head in order to avoid pressure points. Well, the S19 helmet did that and quite a bit more!

The new S19 Helmet combines a better fit along with improved venting, all while reducing the weight of the helmet.  A fantastic combination of fit and functionality, that even includes removable ear guards for those of us who despise them!  The major improvement in the fit of the S19 is the low-density foam comfort pads that have been inserted at strategic places within the helmet. These pads really reduce the pressure points that were common with the S17.

The ventilation of the S17 Helmet was not bad, but Easton has improved that as well with the development of the S19 helmet. One thing that is common among most helmets, including the new Easton S19, is the tendency of sweat to make the inside foam of the helmet slippery.  While this doesn’t really affect the performance or fit of the helmet, it can be an annoyance at times. In addition, the acu-snap fitting system is slightly awkward to use. I believe there is potential for improvement in it’s design.

Easton S19 Features

Of course, we would be remiss not to talk about the extremely light construction of the S19 Z-shock (325 g). The helmet is noticeably lighter than any other helmet I have ever worn, while still exceeding the impact requirements for certification by a wide margin.  This is a great advance in technology, but Easton has not made any claims of increased concussion protection.  Easton has, however, manufactured the S19 helmet using a one-piece polycarbonate shell which increases stiffness. This feature is similar to science behind the Cascade M11′s one piece construction.

Overall, the Easton S19 helmet is a marked improvement from the S17, lighter than the Bauer 9500 and more stylish and less bulky than the Reebok 8K and Cascade M11 helmet.  If you are in the market for a top of the line helmet, then the Easton S19 should be on your list.

Buy The Easton S19 Helmet

The S19 is set to be available in retail stores by May 2010 and should retail in the $170.00 range. Or, you can pre-order your Easton S19 helmet from Total Hockey.com right now!

Fur Hockey Gloves…Yes I Said Fur!

February 27, 2010 by Tyler  
Filed under Hockey Equipment

Fur Hockey Gloves As part of our worst hockey equipment ever made series, we present to you a pair of fur hockey gloves!

We are not sure what inspired these gloves, manufactured by a company called Rinky, but they certainly deserve recognition as part of our worst hockey equipment series.

They apparently retail for about $39.99 and are geared toward female hockey players.

Coming in as a close second to the fur gloves are these “Golden Hockey gloves”  made by TPS.

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