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It’s hard to admit our faults sometimes. Be real with it! Some of us are guilty of being puckhogs, some are guilty of cherry picking; others are guilty of making sticks that explode when you take a slap shot after just a few weeks of use. It happens…
It’s no big deal. We all have our faults. That’s why we practice. We go back to the drawing board from time to time. The day we become content, that we stop working towards being better, that’s when we’re in trouble.
Easton’s not stupid. They know how brutally competitive the stick market is, and More >
Do you remember the Octogun series of sticks? Of course you don’t! How about the U+ Anatomy?!?! Bahahaaaaa! Not trying to trash talk, but man, I can remember a time (not so long ago) when CCM was borderline irrelevant in the stick world. Fast forward to today and CCM now boasts a three family stick arsenal currently contending for the number one spot in the stick market!
So how’d they do it? And in such a short amount of time? To be honest, if I knew how I’d probably be CEO of some fortune 500, More >
What do we always say? If there’s one sentence that can sum up all the advice we’ve ever given those looking to purchase new gear, it would be “It’s all about FIT!” Like the kid that swears his shot is garbage because he’s currently using a mid curve when he REALLY needs a mid/toe: all the while his stick is two feet too long for him! Splitting hairs over laces, runners, or even quarter packages makes zero sense if the boot doesn’t complement YOUR specific foot shape.
Last week, CCM released a first look at their new JetSpeed skate. While the More >
The concussion issue, and all the controversy that comes with it, seems to be here to stay. With new safety rating systems believed to be in the near future for hockey, manufactures are in a frenzy to create the safest, most concussion proof helmet possible.
While there’s still nothing set in stone, it’s apparent that Reebok is being put on the back burner while CCM is now the clear cut name of the future. CCM made waves a few months back with the release of the CCM Ribcor 40K; the long time Reebok flagship stick now bearing the CCM name.
The new More >
Rumors have been flying around for the past several months about Reebok’s passing of the torch to CCM, and even the possibility of leaving the hockey industry entirely. While these rumors still can’t exactly be confirmed, when we were told that this year’s Ribcor stick would be shedding its Reebok markings for a new CCM look, we weren’t exactly surprised.
The new CCM Ribcor 40K picks up right where its predecessor (the Reebok Ribcor) left off. The name of the game is still the same – to bring you a stick that’s easier to load and more efficient at generating power More >
After a decade without, CCM has brought the legendary Tacks skate line back! Personally, I haven’t skated in the old “Tackaberry” skates that everyone has come to know and love, but one thing that is for sure, CCM has made some huge improvements in its newest set of jets. So, what exactly do the Tacks skates have going for them? Skating in my very own pair of Tacks has given me insight on the technological advancements that CCM has implemented in its skate.
Let’s start with More >
There are many perks to working in the hockey equipment industry. We often get to see unreleased product months before the public, we benefit from awesome discounts on gear, and we roll hard with dual monitors here in the office, but most of us are in the industry simply because we love the game.
Passing the awesomeness of hockey onto the next generation (and the feeling of doing one’s part to grow the greatest game in the world) has always been the most rewarding part of this industry. Outfitting a youngster that may go on to love the game for the More >
We are happy to announce that HockeyMonkey is expanding to Colorado and New Hampshire! There are two new MonkeySports Superstore locations coming soon and they will be the first Superstore locations for both states, adding to our current locations in: California, New Jersey and Massachusetts. By adding these two great stores, we are making it even easier to get the best Hockey gear at the lowest prices!
The latest addition out West is set to open up in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Greenwood Village borders the city of Littleton and is only a 30 minute drive from the “Mile-High City” of Denver. More >
We got our hands on the new CCM Resistance Helmet today and wanted to give it the old sniff test… So here goes nothing.
First off, I’m a Bauer boy mostly and have been for a long time. I’ve been using essentially the same helmet for way too long now (Bauer 5000, 5500 and currently 7500). Upon opening this bad boy, I’m struck by the metallic packaging (I’m all about being flashy) and we’re off to a good start. Disclaimer: I didn’t at point in this process actually sniff the helmet—maybe tomorrow. Once I got it out, I’m struck by its simplicity. More >
We’ve all tried the golf ball, the weighted ball, the puck with balls in it, the real puck on a shooting board and even shooting off that patch of ice in the driveway when it gets cold enough. The one thing I can honestly say about all of those attempts at recreating that on-ice feel, is that they all fell a bit short. At the end of the day, in my mind at least, your off-ice training puck has to look like a puck, and it sure as heck needs to feel like one too… Oh, and don’t forget, it More >