If you're like us, you're always torn when choosing between two catch gloves. On one hand, you want a glove with lots of "beef" so that you don't get stingers anymore. On the other hand, gloves with too much protection are often hard to close and you don't want to spend a month breaking in a new glove. What do you do? If you ask us (and you're here reading this, so we'll assume that you did), we'd recommend the new CCM Premier Pro catch glove.
What makes the Premier Pro glove so unique is the inclusion of D3O material that has been built into the finger and thumb sides of the palm. This unique gel-type material is soft and pliable in it's natural state, but it hardens immediately upon impact. In fact, we've seen folks squish and mold D30 like play-doh, lay a sheet of it over their fingers, and then smash their fingers with a hammer or mallet - with absolutely no damage or pain whatsoever! If D3O can protect a hand in this extreme application, imagine how it will protect your fingers inside your catch glove! Now you get the best of both worlds - a flexible shock absorbing material that won't hinder the "game ready" feel that goalie's want in their new gloves.
The rest of the glove features tried and true Lefevre designs. The thumb angle and finger plastics are designed to funnel pucks directly into a large, single t-web pocket (which seals perfectly to the ice when covereing pucks, by the way). A solid, injection molded one-piece cuff provides a solid blocking surface for those shots that you can't catch, and a detatched wrist cuff allows the goalie to move the glove freely in any direction necessary.
New for 2016, CCM has even redesigned the glove internals to work better with the goalie's hand for increased comfort and puck feel.
So.....now that we've solved your "protection vs. game ready feel" dilema, why haven't you purchased the glove yet? Perhaps you're looking for a different color? Don't worry. The Premier Pro catch glove is fully customizable so you can easily match your team, or your favorite NHL goalie's colors. And with so many NHL goalies using this glove, you'll have plenty of samples to inspire your design.
You can customize your own CCM Premier glove by visiting ccmhockey.com/en/product/goalie/customizers/premier-series