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playing Squirt, it had the Vapor 20 and the Vapor 10,"
Santini noted. "Now it has different lines - the APX,
Total Ones, etc. I love the Vapor APX line. It's light, durable and it lasts me the full season. It's working, so why
Albany Devils right wing and former Brown University product Nick Lappin agrees.
"I've worn CCM since I was 11," Lappin said. "Then
the Reebok skate came out and I wore those. Then
CCM bought Reebok and it's basically the same skate.
I wear the 50K now; I've probably been wearing them
since it made the 7K. I've been wearing them since it
first made this type of skates. They're the most comfortable for me. Once you get to a certain age, you don't really switch skates again. I don't know too many people
who would go to a different skate."
The evolution of skates has come so far that players
now slip them on and have the confidence to wear them
in a game right away.
"I put on a new pair for the (2016 Calder Cup) playoffs," Lappin continued. "I practiced with them and
then wore them in a game the next day. I don't really
notice a difference when I put a brand new one on, either. You don't even have to bake these. I can just put
The longevity of skates made today is another point
of emphasis made by players.
"They used to break down fairly easily back then,"
Lappin said. "They're sturdier and don't break down as
much. That's the biggest difference."
Zach Bogosian (Massena, N.Y.)
of the Buffalo Sabres laces his
skates before a game in March.
Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images
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In addition, skates are also much lighter and tighter
"I remember when skates were made with two plies
of leather with an all-steel blade," Zwicker reminisced.
"They were nowhere near as stiff as they are today either. The old skates weren't really that heavy because
there was nothing to them material wise. All the weight
was from the blade. You add up all the weight of the
steel and you pick up weight very quickly."
Then in the 1970s Bauer introduced the Tuuk blade
holder. Combined with the nylon quarter package, the
skates became much lighter.
"Today's skate with the stiffness compared to the
weight has never been seen before," Zwicker observed.
"To get that combination of stiffness with lightness
and the way they are is constantly being developed.
Companies are talking about grams now. This year's
skate is so many grams lighter."
Another technological advancement is the quickrelease blade, which allows players to change a pair of
blades in, as Zwicker counts, "literally 10 seconds."
"It's been very well-received," Zwicker said. "People
love it, especially anybody who has played for a few
years and has gone out into a game and stripped an
edge or gotten out to the ice and found that their blades
aren't game ready. In the old days, if you were lucky
enough, you had an equipment manager. You would
take your skates off and have them redo them. Now it's
a case of just picking your foot up, click, click, and you
have a new set of runners ready to go."
The impact delivered by Bauer and CCM on the ice
game is immeasurable, and will continue as technology
continues to improve the skating experience.
And if there's any doubt, the next time you hear the
sound of metal piercing ice, take note of the skate company.
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NEHJ August 2016
Our Starting Lineup
Around the Region
Bruins Beat: Ryan Donato
NHL New England
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NEHJ Skate Guide: Brand Loyalty
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NEHJ Skate Guide: Buyer's Guide
Prep/High School Guide
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