This week we are rewinding about only 10 years. It’s 2005 and Nike Bauer releases the lightest stick to date on the market: the XXX Lite, weighing in at a feathery 420 grams.
The graphics alone screamed at me the minute I laid eyes on it. The double concave shaft with a neon and chrome graphics package that was unreal. The look was seen from outside the boards of the arena. Everyone now had a reason to move away from his or her Easton S17 into the XXX Lite. Not black and dark like most composites on the market, white and neon. Instant Pop. You could watch NHL games and see it even better than the light up laser puck that FOX displayed at the time. It was truly revolutionary.
by: Jeff Copetas -
July 27th, 2015
Filed under: General
By Rob Howland, Senior Buyer at Pure Hockey
My father-in-law, a Vietnam Air Force Veteran, was lying in a hospital bed dying. For the 17 years that I knew him, I saw Richard Grenier suffer from what he believed was over-exposure to Agent Orange. His circulation system was failing him and both of his legs were amputated. He had multiple surgeries to try to sustain blood flow to his extremities, but ultimately there was nothing left to do. What would crush the spirit of many men didn’t crush him, though. He always had a smile on his face and was SO good to my kids. It was sad to see this man decline from being an avid golfer so someone who couldn’t do much at all.
As cliché as it sounds, this idea to honor him with Easton Camo gear came to me in a dream in the fall of last year. Just a few days after that, I was meeting with Easton Hockey’s new leadership team and that’s when I pitched my idea of the Camo Gear. They were all on board. Over several months, we looked at several renditions, colors and designs of how it would look and we ended up with what you see here. Even though he had served in the Air Force, we decided to go with more of the Army look as we felt it was more recognizable.
So, RG Series – what does it mean? Simple – when you put on the gear you are honoring him – his name – Richard Grenier, as well as all those who have served and are serving our great country.
Richard Grenier unfortunately passed away on September 28th, 2014 and never got the chance to see this product. It is an honor for me to be able to create something with so much meaning and an honor for his family to see him live on.
Honoring RG was one of my goals, but I also wanted to give back to those who are still suffering now. We at Pure Hockey will be donating 10% of our total sales from this product to Defending The Blue Line®, an organization which is helping children of armed service members stick with hockey programs. We like that.
Thanks for taking the time to read this – and God Bless America. Click the button below to shop the RG series Camo Hockey Gear.
I find myself searching for hours on end looking for old hockey equipment that I loved. It’s usually a waste of time, but from time to time I find a dandy. This week I wanted to throw it back to a true innovator in hockey. A company so innovative they had to name their company Innovative Hockey Inc. (IHI)
Founded in 1993, IHI was the first composite hockey stick manufacturer in North America. They designed one of the greatest hockey shafts to ever hit the game of hockey. The Pro PF 1100 shaft. It was used by some great names in the NHL: Sergei Federov, Joel Otto, Alexei Kovalev to name a few. They are now memorabilia, pulling in big bucks for game used sticks.
In this week’s This Old Hockey Bag, I want to throw it back to the 1980’s. One of the best hockey skates ever made were produced by a company called Micron; they were famous for the pro laser and other plastic molded skates. But things were about to change.
The Micron 10-90’s were a high-end performance skate that is still popular today. They were a 2D leather boot with a plastic toe support system. When produced in 1992-93, they were the most expensive skate on the market at $400 USD — in 1992!! They became known for their comfort, pitch or foot bed angle, and quality construction.
To put the icing on the cake, the 10-90 was one of the first skates to use a Tuuk holder with V2 steel. The steel was pitched to give bigger, heavier players more power in their stride. Although this never really took off in the pros, it did lead to significant data for future steel. Since most people didn’t trust the Tuuk holder yet, ICM runners were also available.