Every week the NHL posts its Three Stars of the Week. Here at Pure Hockey, we’re taking it a step further and showing you what these stars are sporting while on the ice.
The new CCM Ultra Tacks glove, in my own opinion represents a major improvement from CCM over its predecessor, the CL500. Not that the CL500 was a bad glove, but as soon as you slip the Ultra Tacks glove on your hand, its quality is evident. It is extremely comfortable right off the wall and feels broken in enough for immediate use.
That alone sold me, as I predict it will sell a lot of other players. Gloves are bought first and foremost off of feel–if it’s not comfortable or just doesn’t feel right, most players won’t care about the technology inside or even give it a second look. They will go try on the next glove.
I first met Dennis Chighisola (Coach Chic) several years ago thanks to social media hockey circles. After a few conversations, it quickly became apparent that Coach Chic was the real deal. His intelligence of the game, passion for teaching, and enthusiasm in helping youth hockey players hone their skills is well documented in his numerous blog posts and instructional videos and columns.
Coach Chic taught many former and current NHL players and hundreds of top collegiate athletes. A New England native, Coach Chic now resides in the Sunshine State, and we were recently able to chat with him about hockey and coaching.
The coolest and most impactful thing we’ve seen in 2015 so far isn’t a stick, a pair of skates or a new glove color combo. Hands down, the coolest thing we’ve seen this year is D3O, which is referred to as a ‘Smart Foam.’ CCM has exclusive rights to it in the hockey world, but D3O is globally patented and used in a huge variety of products and industries to help protect. D3O is found in products ranging from cell phone cases to military protective gear, industrial work wear, motorcycle rider protection and in a multitude of sports equipment.
So what makes CCM D3O so special? How does it take hockey protective to the next level? It is a soft and flexible material, but has extremely high impact management properties—combining great protection and freedom of movement. See how that might be a nice quality to have in a piece of hockey gear?