So it’s almost Olympic hockey time and we are preparing to watch one of the best tournaments in the game of hockey.
We decided to take a look at the games the only way we know how – through the lens of gear. We researched all the big name Olympic hockey rosters, including the USA, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic and Slovakia, breaking it down by what brand each player wears. We looked at the four main categories for players – skates, sticks, gloves and helmets.
USA, USA, USA
Our first installment focuses on the USA olympic hockey team. Bauer leads the way in all categories except for goalies, carrying 58% of the total gear worn. This isn’t too surprising with the recent release of the APX2 skates and stick, with the Vapor line perennially being among the most popular around the sport.
In skates, Bauer is the choice for an impressive 80% of American Olympians, while four other competitors are tied for second with only 5% each.
In sticks, Bauer tied with Easton with 8 players out of a possible 22 using their products, each doubling Warrior, the next closest brand.
In gloves, Bauer again takes a hefty lead with 54% of players wearing their mitts. Between the new Nexus, the TotalOne NXG and the Vapor models – APX and some early APX2’s, Bauer gloves are hugely popular. Warrior and Easton put up respectable numbers in gloves with 22% and 14%, respectively.
Helmets are another area where Bauer has created a stronghold, with 59% of the Americans wearing their lids. Easton was second with 18% of players. We were a little surprised that CCM came in so low among the Americans.
Gear by Position
We also decided to split it up by position. For forwards, Bauer again led the charge with 47% of all forwards gear, followed by Easton and Warrior at 18% each. Reebok, CCM, Sher-Wood, Graf and VH Footwear all finished with fewer than 5%. Among defenseman however, it was much less spread out. Bauer will be equipping 75% of the USA backend, followed by Easton at 19%, while CCM and Warrior tied with 3%.
Between the pipes, its all about Vaughn, with all three of the US goalies wearing their pads and helping Vaughn with 53% of the total gear in net. Bauer and Warrior were up next tied with 13% while Reebok, CCM, and VH Footwear with 7% each.
Keep an eye out for some more teams coming in the next couple weeks and click here to download this in full size format!