In this episode, I’ll talk about
- Hockey Fantasy Camp age concerns and expenses
- Hockey Equipment Brands I Noticed
- Brands exclusive to Goalies
- The Four Most Popular Hockey Brands
Before I talk about today’s topic, I want to clarify something from the last episode where I talked about my experiences from the Hockey Fantasy Camp. Located at https://agelesshockey.com/7
I mentioned I was the second oldest camper; I was 47. The oldest camper was 49. Does this mean if you’re in your 50’s, 60’s or older, you should NOT attend a Fantasy Camp? I believe if you’re still able to skate pretty well and are in shape (very important) you will have fun.
The Fantasy Camp I attended was only an hour drive for me, so I didn’t think of how expensive this could be if you need to add travel and lodging expenses. Hiro lives in Japan and emailed me saying after seeing how expensive airfare to the US or Canada would be, he just gave up the thought of attending a camp. I’m sure travel and lodging would add thousands of dollars to his expenses.
I’ve been saying that I’m playing Drop in Hockey.
A listener, David “NYHockeyGuy” mentioned in an email that it’s called Pickup Hockey in New York. David is correct.
Drop in Hockey and Pickup Hockey mean the same thing.
With about 10 minutes left in the Drop-in Hockey game last Friday, it got ugly.
Now for today’s topic: Hockey Equipment Brands
In podcast episode 3 I talked about my experience Buying Hockey Equipment. This is located at agelesshockey.com/3
Earlier this year, when I went looking at different stores and websites for new hockey equipment, I noticed brands I’ve never heard of.
One day I stopped at Perani’s Hockey World and asked the store manager where the Cooper equipment was located. He laughed and said, “When was the last time you shopped for equipment”?
He said a lot has changed.
Hockey Equipment Brands I Noticed
Listed in Alphabetical Order: Except for the top 4 brands, which I’ll mention at the end of this list.
Combat = Sticks only? Jaromir Jagr has used their sticks
Eagle = Everything but skates
Graf: In August 2016, Vaughn Custom Sports was granted the manufacturing and distribution rights for GRAF hockey products in the United States and Canada. Summer 2017: New factory in London, Ontario. Skates only?
Hespeler – At one time was owned by Wayne Gretzky
Manufactured by The Hockey Company (parent company of CCM/Reebok)
– I still have one Koho wooden stick
– Especially known for their goaltending equipment
Lange Skates (1970’s) – Plastic boot, Phil Esposito endorsed and used.
Micron Skate Company = 1980s
– Inspired by the Lange design
– 1994 purchased by Bauer
Micron Mega 10-90 skates were used at various points by such NHL players as Mario Lemieux, Ray Bourque, Cam Neely and Pavel Bure
Mission Hockey: Merged with Itech in 2004. They used to produce ice hockey equipment. Now they only make roller hockey equipment.
– In September 2008, Bauer announced the purchase of rival Mission-Itech. In 2009 their gear was rebranded as Bauer.
Northland Hockey Sticks (Minnesota)
Their tagline was “Recognized wherever hockey is played as the world’s finest hockey stick”.
– When I was a kid it was really cool to have a Northland stick.
– In 1992 Christian Hockey Sticks (Brothers Bill and Roger Christian) purchased Northland Hockey Sticks.
A lawsuit forced them to stop using the Northland insignia on the sticks.
STX: They still carry hockey equipment, but are now one of the largest manufacturers of lacrosse equipment.
Titan sticks – 1980s and 1990s (Wayne Gretzky used the Titan 4020)
TPS-Lousiville: Sticks only?
TRUE – now have VH Custom Skates under their brand: TRUE Pro Custom Skate
– Hiro told me that his skates and most of his equipment are the True brand.
– TRUE is the only hockey company that makes 100% of their composite sticks in their own factory.
– With more than 25 years of experience in handcrafting performance-driven skates, Scott Van Horne delivers power, fit, and protection in the TRUE Pro Custom Skate.
– I mentioned before that I didn’t consider these Custom Skates when I was looking for new skates. This was because I wanted to play in a game in 5 days and these skates take 2-3 weeks to get. But the biggest reason was they start around $900. I may consider them next time if I have foot issues.
Video from Scott Van Horne on TRUE Pro Custom Skates
Warrior (my stick, but hadn’t heard of them)
Warrior Sports HQ: Warren, MI
Parent Organization: New Balance
Everything but skates
Everything but helmets. I only see one pair of skates online for $100
Brands exclusive to Goalies – Goaltenders
Vaughn, Brian’s (high-end gear used by many NHL Goaltenders) and SportMask (mask/helmet only?)
The Four Most Popular Hockey Brands
4. Sher-Wood: I still have 3 of their Wooden sticks.
Now they carry composite sticks.
– Carry other gear, but no Helmets.
– Since 2008, Sherwood has been the official supplier of game pucks to the NHL.
3. Easton: Sticks and all the other gear
2. CCM/Reebok: Sticks and all the other gear
1. Bauer: Acquired Cooper in 1990.
– I still have 2 Bauer wooden sticks
– In 1995 Nike acquired Bauer and signed Sergei Fedorov to a massive marketing deal. Sergei wore White Nike Zoom Air skates.
– 2008 – Nike sold the company to investors Roustan, Inc. and Kohlberg & Co. and the company is once again known as Bauer.
Most of my equipment is from these 4 brands.
I still use a wooden Sher-Wood stick as a backup for my composite Warrior stick.
In my opinion, the Best Hockey Equipment Brand Is…
– Skates, Helmet & Cage = Bauer
– Elbow Pads, Shin Guards, Pants = CCM
– Shoulder Pads = Easton
– Gloves = Hespeler
– Stick = Warrior
I hope you enjoyed this episode.
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Let me know if you have a brand you like that I didn’t mention.
Something you may not know about me: My dad wouldn’t let me…
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