In last week’s blog, we covered the Atlantic Division and we praised all of the recent Vezina winners that the division has produced—being home of five out of the last seven winners. When we take another step back to look at the Vezina history, the Eastern Conference, as a whole, has dominated the Vezina Trophy voting. Nineteen out of the last 20 Vezina Trophy winners have come from Eastern Conference teams! Yes, that is a real fact. The Metropolitan Division itself has had its fair share of legendary goaltenders. Marty Broduer, Olaf Kolzig, Mike Richter, Ron Hextall, and Billy Smith are all NHL icons who thrived in what is now the Metropolitan Division.
If you love hockey, hockey gear, and the NHL as much as we do at Pure Goalie, you are always conscious of the gear that the pros are wearing out there. For the next few weeks we are going to be bringing you all sorts of information on what the NHL’s goaltenders, both starters and backups, are wearing. We will break it down to percentages, going division-by-division. We will also take a look at potential reasons for why some of these goalies prefer the equipment that they choose to wear, whether it be Brian’s, Vaughn, CCM, Reebok, Bauer, or even…Koho?
As a goalie, getting your skates sharpened is something that is very personal and your preferences play a main role. That said, in trying to determine the standard goalie cut, we’ve decided that there really isn’t one.
Goalie skates are specifically designed with the position in mind. There is a protective plastic cowling that is closer to the ice than a player’s holder, a lack of tendon guard and a flatter piece of steel that is usually (not always) thicker than the steel on a player skate.
I have personally changed the hollow on my skates a few times as I progressed at the position and changed my style. I am often asked by parents of goalies “what is the correct hollow to sharpen goalie skates at?” There is no right or wrong answer to this question because again, there is a lot of personal preference involved.
CCM continues to make tremendous strides in the quality of their goalie product and it shows when we look at the upcoming Extreme Flex Pro II pads, glove and blocker. These setups are already being worn in the NHL by Carey Price and Jonathan Bernier (no word on if Nelson Mandela also used these pads). Read on for a full preview of the pads and what to expect for new features this April when it hits stores.
CCM Extreme Flex Pro II Leg Pads
New for 2015, the CCM Extreme Flex Pro II goalie pads are built off the success of the original Extreme Flex Pro pad. The notable changes include a re-designed internal core and lightweight strap set-up. See below the picture for a full preview!
The EFlex Pro II pad features a pre-curved single break internal core, offers additional coverage and quicker five hole closure. The internal boot foam has been re-engineered to provide increased torsional flex allowing for maximum pad control/rotation and more explosive crease movement. CCM has also introduced a lightweight strap set-up which reduces the overall weight of the pad. This strap set-up features a single knee strap, two calf straps, and a removable boot strap. Combined with the new lightweight strap set-up, the updated tight fit leg channel offers superior pad control and optimal rotation in the leg/boot channel.
Unchanged for 2015, the Extreme Flex Pro II pad features a recessed foam knee cradle and 3D injection molded EPP foam knee block providing a large landing surface and helping to seal the pad to the ice in the butterfly.
The highlights above can be found on the stock CCM Extreme Flex Pro II pad. As always, the pad can be customized with various sizing, internal core, leg channel, knee cradle, and strapping configurations. It is also important to note the Extreme Flex Pro II pad graphic features nearly 20 color zones allowing for endless color combinations.
CCM Extreme Flex Pro II Glove
New for 2015, the CCM EFlex Pro II glove is built off the overwhelming popularity of the original Extreme Flex Pro glove. This year CCM incorporated D3O Technology into the palm of the glove. The D3O foam offers greater protection and superior shock absorption without the additional bulk typically found with beefed up palm protection. We got to sample this technology up in Montreal last fall and were amazed at how strong and protective this material is! At one point, we had a half-inch layer of D30 draped over our hands and we were hitting it with a hammer – and felt nothing!
Also new for 2015, the one piece cuff/thumb protector features and injected resin providing greater protection and durability. The backhand of the glove has been slightly modified for increased comfort and feel.
Unchanged for 2015, the Extreme Flex Pro II glove features the popular 600 break (mid-hand closure), single straight T, Suregrip finger stalls, and raised foam finger guard.
The highlights above can be found on the stock CCM Extreme Flex Pro II glove. As always, the glove can be customized with various break angle, cuff/thumb, palm thickness, and pocket configurations. It is also important to note the Extreme Flex Pro II glove graphic features nearly 20 color zones allowing for endless color combinations.
CCM Extreme Flex Pro II Blocker
New for 2015, the CCM EFlex Pro II blocker is built off the success of the original Extreme Flex Pro blocker. Adhering to the age-old adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” CCM did not stray too far from the original design. The one notable change includes the additional of D3O Technology in the blocker palm. The addition of the D3O reduces vibration offering superior shock absorption without sacrificing the soft and flexible feel synonymous with CCM’s Suregrip palm.
Unchanged for 2015, the Extreme Flex Pro II features a bindingless design for a maximum blocking surface, center palm position allowing for optimal balance, and adjustable cuff offering greater stick control.
The highlights above can be found on the stock CCM Extreme Flex Pro II blocker. As always, the blocker can be customized with various palm position and palm material configurations. It is also important to note the Extreme Flex Pro II blocker graphic features nearly 20 color zones allowing for endless color combinations.
For a “live” look at the EFlex Pro II set, check out the video we shot with CCM’s head of goalie product up in Montreal:
The CCM Extreme Flex Pro II leg pads, glove and blocker are available NOW for pre-order and will ship on April 10, 2015! Just click the buttons below!
The goalie is the unsung hero of the hockey world. Other teammates travel to and fro across the ice, valiantly piercing enemy territory to score goals and likewise defending their home turf from intruders. Fans more openly and loudly cheer for them, as they carry most of the action.
All of the pressure, however, lies on the goalie. Whatever his team’s defense or the opposing team’s offense does, if the puck gets near the net, the goalie has to block it. And while fans always remember a goal that slips by; they don’t always remember a successful one. Goalies, through nature of the game, tend to boast unique personalities with play strategies to match. Check out our list of three personalities and imagine which one your favorite goalie has.