It’s been a while since I’ve had to shell out for any kind of hockey equipment, so I was fairly surprised when I looked at prices of skates in the catalogue of Vancouver-based Cyclone Taylor Sports and saw $699.99 for a pair of C.C.M. UCrazyLight’s. and $549.99 for the Easton EB50.
I had no idea that skates can cost $700.00. I’ll bet they’re nice, though. Even nicer than those C.C.M. Tacks I bought when I was a teenager and which was one of the big reasons I was a reasonably speedy and shifty right winger for Byers Bulldozers Bantams and Midgets.
Sticks aren’t as much as skates of course, but it’s still $259.99 for an Easton EQ50 Grip Sr. Composite stick, and from what I see on a regular basis through my TV screen, these composite sticks break often, and at crucial times. Like blasts from the point where part of the stick travels further and faster than the puck. Maybe sticks are designed now at NASA, I don’t know, but they still seem to shatter much more than a good old Hespeler Green Flash.
Helmets aren’t cheap either. An Easton 519Z Shock can set you back $149.99 and a Reebok 7K just $129.99. But players seem to get concussions no matter what they have on their head.
Shoulder pads, those big honkin get-ups that hurt when bounced off a head and which Don Cherry holds up as a major injury culprit, should be done away with and replaced by the smaller, less-hard variety. I don’t see why not. Why would a player want to carry around so much weight anyway?
Today’s suits of armor on the shoulders can cost upwards of $150.00, like the Bauer Pro Series do and I don’t really understand it. If I was a player, I wouldn’t want to wear so much padding that I look like a member of a prison riot squad.
Shin pads are $119.99 for the Bauer Pro Series Sr, and elbow pads, again from the Bauer Pro Series Sr., sell for $89.99. Elbow pads also should be toned down too. They’re for protecting the elbow, not for making a guy see stars.
It’s all around $1500 if you want to do it up like the pros, but you’re not a pro so why bother? I’m sure you can get by with something just a little less ridiculous. The pros should be able to too.
No wonder soccer is the globe’s biggest sport. All you need is a ball.