Twitter Chat Transcript: John Tavares

John Tavares

On Monday, August 17th, New York Islanders forward, CCM Hockey athlete and perennial All-Star John Tavares took over the Pure Hockey Twitter feed and spent 30 minutes interacting with fans and answering questions. Here’s the transcript:

John Tavares: Hello everyone! John Tavares here, I’m looking forward to your questions – ask away!

@SunnyS81: who was your favorite player growing up?
John Tavares: Mike Modano, Steve Yzerman, Joe Sakic, Mario Lemieux, Mats Sundin. Modano for his speed, Yzerman his character and willing to do anything asked of him. Sakic – tremendous shot!

@hockeyvick: what do you think you would be doing if you weren’t playing hockey?
John Tavares: probably trying to be a lacrosse player! Always dreamed of both hockey and lacrosse. If not that, than maybe a teacher.

@shmalix: favorite song to listen to before hitting the ice?
John Tavares: dance or house music. favorite song changes – right now it’s Secrets by Tiesto

@swaggyb4895: What is the one part of your game you think you still need to improve on?
John Tavares: always trying to find the next level with my skating. Focus on it every summer because it’s so important in today’s game.

@4OrrEverALegend: what drills do you do to work on your shot release?
John Tavares: mostly try to work on my release while skating in stride or moving my feet.

@Islanders108: What was your most memorable moment in you hockey career ?
John Tavares: most memorable moment was probably our Game 6 win this year, last game at the Nassau Coliseum. favorite game was probably my Game 3 OT winner this year – emotion like I’ve never experienced before!

@zegrass23: Who is the toughest defensemen you’ve played against?
John Tavares: I think the toughest player for me to play against is Duncan Keith. His skating ability allows him to recover so well, when you think you have him beat, he is able to get back in the play

@PensArmy: Hardest player to play against (a forward)?
John Tavares: forward would be Toews or Backstrom. Both really great two way players, they compete so well and think the game at high level.

@DayZ489: what do you think of the new 3-on-3 OT rule?
John Tavares: I’ll know more when we get there but I think it’ll be some great hockey! Great players with a lot of space to work! can’t wait to see more games end in OT!

@maiasperling: what teams stadium is most intimidating to play in and why?
John Tavares: Hardest place to play is LA – the style team they are, they make you earn everything and they are very good at home.

@justincarp55: who would you say is your closest friend in the NHL outside of the guys on the team?
John Tavares: Matt Moulson is probably my closest non-NYI friend. It’s a little strange seeing him on the ice with another team.

@JMisercolaDBSF: Who’s a better lacrosse player, your uncle JT, or Matt Moulson?
John Tavares: my uncle by a mile!!

@Spencer___21: what is your favourite thing about CCM
John Tavares: I would say the gear and the way I am treated by the company.

@charlie_bee11: who do you find yourself rooting for in the AL East race between the Jays and the Yankees
John Tavares: definitely excited about the Blue Jays – always been a Blue Jays fan!

@kellyohara_: funniest moment from rooming with @strome18
John Tavares: not one moment in particular, but he really knows how to keep things light. Good compliment to me – more serious. We’ve become good friends.

@LilDemoo96: what’s your favorite line from CCM? And any thoughts on the new stick?
John Tavares: I really like the new Ribcor – similar dark graphic, too.

@DADvelzacha:  if you’re in a slump, do you change anything to break the bad mojo? New stick or skates?
John Tavares: not a whole lot. Just try to focus on the area that I’m not finding sharp. Focus in practice or on film. I try not to change the routine too often.

@Baechuk_: any advice for a young hockey player?
John Tavares: love the game, play as many sports as you can. Helps to become a better overall athlete. Also important to have a break.

John Tavares: Thanks everyone, enjoyed answering questions! – JT

Want to wear what Tavares wears? Good player to model your game after! John wears the CCM Resistance helmet, uses a Ribcor stick and wears Ribcor 50K skates.

This Old Hockey Bag: Nike Bauer XXX Lite Hockey Stick


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.


This Old Hockey Bag: Sherwood 5030 Feather-Lite

this-old-bagThink Old Faithful. Released over 60-years ago, the Sherwood 5030 Feather-Lite hockey stick is still going strong today. You most likely had one of these beauties and it would be a safe bet to say that almost every hockey player since 1965 has used this stick at one point or another. Personally, I used one as a Mite and Squirt, PP19. I loved it so much that in 2011, I bought one just to have in the arsenal.

Originally produced out of Sherwood-Drolet in Quebec, Canada, Sherwood moved its wooden hockey stick production overseas in 2007 to focus on Louisville TPS composite — now re-branded as Sherwood. They were one of the last standing wood hockey stick manufactures in Canada, so to say people were upset to see them leave would be an understatement.

Let’s take a look at just a handful of famous NHL players who have used one of these classics hockey sticks:


CCM JetSpeed Hockey Skates Preview & Features


In 2013, CCM reasserted themselves in the hockey skate world in a major way with the launch of the RBZ skate. The RBZ was a major statement to their competition and a huge step in reestablishing CCM as a premier skate maker. The RBZ was the beginning of what has become a revival for CCM skates. The continued growth in popularity and steady performance advancements of the CCM – and formerly Reebok – Ribcor line, followed by the re-introduction of the legendary CCM Tacks brand have build a huge amount of momentum.

Capitalizing on that ever-growing momentum, this summer CCM will release the long awaited evolution of the RBZ skate line. The CCM JetSpeed skate started with a simple idea, design a skate that performs as if it is the player’s foot sitting on the skate holder to minimize skate-caused performance limitations. Build it for players looking to maximize their speed, make sure it has unmatched fit and comfort and make it more durable than it’s predecessor.

CCM continues to offer multiple families of skates to meet the needs of various player types. JetSpeed slots into the line catering to players whose game is all about maximizing top-end speed. This makes JetSpeed a perfect complement to its ‘sibling’ skate lines; the RibCor built for outstanding agility and the Tacks designed for player’s who thrive on great acceleration and being the quickest top gear. With these three, there’s a CCM skate for every player. 

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