CCM Ultra Tacks Hockey Stick Review

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Last year, an old CCM legend relaunched with a point to make… and it made it loud and clear. The Tacks stick was a huge hit on all levels — from the NHL to house leagues. So, not content sitting back with the success, CCM is launching their Ultra Tacks hockey stick for the 2015-16 season.

If you’ve been living under a rock for over a year, you may not know about the original CCM Tacks stick from 2014, so here’s a quick refresher. The Tacks line was built to fill a gap in the CCM line-up. They had no mid kick-point stick and their NHL players were clamoring for one. Generally speaking, when NHL players start asking for something, it’s not long before the retail market is asking for it too — and this case was no exception. CCM introduced the Tacks stick as their mid kick-point model, designed with a stiff blade for players seeking accuracy and the smooth, effortless release of a mid kick-point stick.

Now with the Ultra Tacks stick release, CCM doesn’t seem to be trying to fix what’s not broken, but they certainly seem intent on improving things. With the Ultra Tacks, CCM makes an upgrade to one major feature and introduces another.

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New Easton Stealth CX Hockey Stick Review

 

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The latest stick release from Easton Hockey is one that has been highly anticipated by me personally. When I found out they would be bringing back the Stealth name, I knew that they had to have a pretty special hockey stick on the way. It wouldn’t make sense to risk the loyal following the line has had by releasing a stick that wouldn’t live up to the name.

I was, for a long time, one of those loyal followers — at least since Easton introduced their elliptical taper sticks with the S-17. I can still remember how much different, and better, the release felt on that stick the first time I used it. From there I continued on to the S19, RS and finally the RSII. So as you can guess, I was pretty excited to get the new Easton Stealth CX hockey stick in my hands.

Easton is debuting some pretty serious technology in the CX. This isn’t one of those models where a company simply tweaks the previous version a little; there is new technology in every part of this stick. Their goal was to create a hockey stick that would be a top-level performance stick with great durability and have a lightweight but still solid feel.

The Stealth CX marks the first time Easton has released a true-one piece stick with an elliptical taper. This was accomplished using a new design to roll the layers of carbon fiber into the taper, creating a seamless construction. What is the significance of this? Read on to find out…

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Hockey Checklist: Affordable Ways to Get Back Into the Game

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I took a three-year hockey hiatus before recently joining a men’s league and, like you, was in need of buying some new gear. The task of finding new equipment was somewhat daunting. I had some of the basics like skates, helmet and stick, but needed to fill in the rest. There are plenty of different options out there to choose from, but saving money and getting the best bang for your buck is what I was looking for.

Although once a B-level player, the many years away from the rink had me almost back to basics. I am now a C level player, but initially started back in a C/D level — so coming to that reality was first and foremost. Second was to get the necessities, get signed up for a league, and get back on the ice asap.

From speaking to many upper-echelon players, I think the A/B player is all about gloves, sticks and skates. The style, the look, the improved technology and overall performance. Players in those upper-levels can really feel the updates in those pieces of equipment and really distinguish the subtle difference — and ultimately improve his/her game.

While fun to shop for the top-of-the-line pieces of hockey gear and trying to emulate your favorite NHL player, the C/D player won’t necessarily need these expensive items just yet. Sure the newest technologies may help some, but overall, spending the money elsewhere in more a more frugal fashion is what we’re after. Here’s a few tips that I did on two occasions: once about four years ago, and the other just a few months ago. These tips helped save me hundreds.

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2015 NHL Conference Finals Ticket Prices

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The road to Lord Stanley’s Cup is almost complete. Just four teams remain in the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the Conference Finals are set to kickoff on Saturday afternoon. The New York Rangers will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals, while the Anaheim Ducks will face the Chicago Blackhawks in the West. As the puck is set to drop first in New York, that’s also where the highest ticket prices are on the secondary market.

(Over 30% of Pure Hockey staff picked NYR to win it all in the company’s NHL playoff bracket challenge – coincidence?)

According to TiqIQ, the average price for Rangers playoff tickets on the secondary market is $1,233.02 across their four potential home games. The first game will be the least expensive, though, with an average price of $481.96. The prices go up at Madison Square Garden for each home game. Lightning playoff tickets in Tampa Bay will be less than half the price, on average. Over three potential games at Amalie Arena, the average secondary market price is $458.12, bringing the overall series average to $892.09.

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