Most of us remember a time where, as a kid, we saw something and wanted it. No... Not wanted... HAD TO HAVE. Maybe it was candy, or a trading card, a video game, or hockey stick. Everyone has experienced this moment. Mine, however, was a little different. Read More
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I was talking to a teammate this week about the Vapor XXX Lite post from last week when he reminded me of possibly the best replacement blade ever: The Montréal Euro Curve.
His story went on that he broke the toe of the Vapor XXX Lite so he flipped it over and found an old Montréal Euro blade. When he looked at the curve, he was shocked. He immediately put the blade in and that night had six points. He bought a bundle of these replacement blades but currently was on his last one. This made me take a look back at this epic curve pattern from Montréal.
In the US, College Club Hockey – ACHA or independent – is a rapidly growing level. Programs are popping up all over to accommodate the increasing number of interested players, with some larger schools even having multiple club level teams. As the number of programs has grown, so has the awareness among players. ACHA hockey has become a great option for college players to continue playing competitively even if they aren’t quite up to the level of NCAA varsity hockey.
I called up Greg Carr, current coach of the Boston University ACHA Club hockey team – who I happened to have played for when I was a BU student – to get us a coach’s perspective. Since I was his favorite player ever – he didn’t expressly say that, but I read between the lines – he was glad to help out.
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.