The Story Behind the RG Series – Camo Hockey Gear

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.

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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.

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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:

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This Old Hockey Bag: Cooperalls!

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This is a sore subject in hockey. A dark cloud that lasted only two NHL seasons. Maybe one of the worst times in hockey history. Thanks to Cooper Canada Ltd., the No. 1 hockey company at the time, the Philadelphia Flyers debuted Cooperalls in 1981. The long black pants with white and orange stripe will live in infamy forever.

But to make matters worse, in 1982, the Hartford Whalers wore the hideous long pants too — the CCM version, called Propac, in green. It was a one-piece protective snow pant that claimed to make you 40% lighter. Ooooo!! Ahhh! I need them. “Lighter means faster.” NO! lighter meant more broken knees, hips, and ankles from sliding into the boards every single time you fell. Lighter also meant sweating like the fat guy in the cake shop. Sorry for the visual.

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This Old Hockey Bag: The Elusive Jofa “Bubble” Cage

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Recently, I found myself digging through my parents’ garage, full of old hockey bags and  stumbled upon a true throwback. The elusive Jofa Bubble Cage. Jofa Model 51-270, made in Sweden. Wow. A true gem from the late 80′ to the early 90’s. If you didn’t wear a shield or fishbowl back then, you wore this, or wanted to. The “look” is just amazing. We still have people asking for them today. It had the best view from a cage, until the recent introduction of flat bars. It was white! Not black, grey or chrome… White! In theory or myth, it blended the bars with the ice creating a new, better view. Also, Jofa made the space between bars wider to increase vision as well.

These are so rare today- fetching over $100-$150 for one in good condition on Ebay. Many online are junior size or pretty banged up. Due to rarity, these have become highly sought after. Let’s look back at how this came to be one of the most popular and sought after hockey cages ever produced.

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