Interview With Rob Howland, Pure Hockey General Merchandise Manager

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We’ve now been around for 20 years and for a niche retail company like us, that’s pretty darn good, if we may say so ourselves. There is only one person who has been employed here for all twenty of the years we’ve been in operation and his name is Rob Howland. We thought it would be fun to ask him a few questions about the days of Pure Hockey yore and how the company has changed. Here we go…

You were basically one of Pure Hockey’s first employees. Tell us about that first store, and what it was like?

The first store was in Worcester, MA 20 years ago and the original name of the company was KC Sports. The store was no bigger than 800 sq. feet and the only place we could put sticks was on the ceiling!  There was something hanging down from the ceiling that we were able to lay the sticks on, so we did it!  We moved the store across the street onto Gold Star Blvd in Worcester, to a 1700 sq foot store and that is when the name changed to Pure Hockey.  (Ed. Note: we tried desperately to find pictures but were unsuccessful)

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Buyers Guide: Top 5 Hockey Skate Brands

Best Hockey Skate Brands

Buyers Guide: Top 5 Hockey Skate Brands

When it comes to equipment, there’s arguably no piece more crucial than your hockey skates. A multitude of hockey skate brands from various companies have made purchasing decisions even more difficult for the hockey player, but the variety of skates clearly for the better.

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The Top Selling NCAA Hockey Jerseys of 2014

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The Top Selling NCAA Hockey Jerseys of 2014

2014 proved to be a banner year for NCAA hockey, with thrilling storylines like Minnesota’s last-second goal to get them into the championship game. Plenty of heroes and villains, depending on which side you root for, wear some of the most beautiful and intimidating jerseys you’ll find in all of sports. What were the best-selling NCAA hockey jerseys for 2014?

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3 Key Hockey Tips for Beginner Centers

Jonathan Toews is widely regarded as one of the NHL's top centers

Jonathan Toews is widely regarded as one of the NHL’s top centers

3 Key Hockey Tips for Beginner Centers

The centerman in hockey is often considered to be one of the most important players on the ice. Their job is to control the center of the ice, win face offs, lead fast breaks, skate back for defense and generally offer support to wing players when they are in trouble. In short, a little bit of everything.

If you were to compare hockey to football, the center would be a quarterback and a linebacker rolled into one. New players can take some time to learn all the roles they need to play. Below are some hockey tips for beginner centers so they can focus on a few of the fundamentals and begin to build upon these with more playing time.

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