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Jetspeed skate preview

CCM JetSpeed Skates
CCM JetSpeed Skates

The next evolution of the CCM skate line has arrive. The CCM JetSpeed skates are on the Great Skate shelves today. The new skate places a focus on increased footspeed thanks to a brand new fit profile.

 While the JetSpeed features a similar graphics package and look to the RBZ skates line but that’s just about where the similarities end. The RBZ featured a very comfortable, wide boot design which actually ran a good size bigger than most other skates on the market. While the RBZ offered a number of impressive features, the overall fit wasn’t conducive to increased footspeed.

 The JetSpeed fixes that.

CCM JetSpeed Skate
CCM JetSpeed Skate

 The entire fit profile is different in the JetSpeed skate. The narrow boot features an improved heel lock and low volume design to ensure a contoured fit. CCM’s Rocketframe composite heel construction wraps fully around the heel and promotes a snug fit in the heel and up through the ankle.

 Along with Rocketframe, the Speedcore 2 heat moldable boot creates a truly unique fit for each and every player once the skates come out of the over. The contoured boot is promoted through the Speedcore 2 construction. The narrow toe and forefoot area continues the contoured, anatomic fit profile of the skate.

 All of this ensures that the JetSpeed skates are the most responsive skates on the market. With a more responsive skate, you can count on a quicker power transfer and more explosive starts and stops.

 CCM also developed a new tongue for the JetSpeed skates. The JetProtect tongue is a multi-layered feature that features a thick, pro-style felt backing with a hard shell on the outermost layer to provide additional protection.

 The Speedblade 4.0 holder and Hyperglide runner return as mainstays of the entire CCM skate line.

 Nothing is more drastic in difference or performance than the new contoured fit, however. The stiff carbon boot construction is built to react to each and every stride taken on the ice, giving players next level speed and responsiveness.

Great Skate Summer Sale 2015

Great Skate Summer Sale
Great Skate Summer Sale

The Great Skate Summer Sale is returning for the 32nd year and once again the deals offered during the sale can’t be beat.

Great Skate Tent Event
Great Skate Tent Event

Discounts from 30-to-80 percent off can be found under the tent in addition to 20% off in-store during the event that runs from August 12 to the 16. The sale runs from 10am to 9pm each day – both in-store and under the tent – so you won’t miss a single deal during the entire week. While the sale starts Wednesday, the tent opens Thursday, August 13th at 10:00 am.

Great Skate 20% off Hockey Gear
Great Skate 20% off Hockey Gear

Purchases of player and goalie gear will be discounted 20% in-store (with some restrictions), meaning that the prices on some of the best gear on the planet will be slashed for the week. Whether you’re in need of a new helmet, a pair of skates or perhaps a pair of elbow pads, the 20% off sale will ensure you’re getting the best deal.

Goalies won’t be excluded either as the 20% offer extends to the crease. So for goaltenders in need of a new stick or two before the season begins, a new blocker or even a mask, you can expect to find the best deals in Western New York – and online – during the Great Skate Summer Sale.

As always, Great Skate’s shooting range will be open to try out any stick on our shelves so you aren’t buying blind if you’re looking at the Warrior Covert QR1, the new Easton Stealth CX or the trusty Bauer Vapor 1X.

Other highlights from the sale include incredibly low prices on shoulder pads starting at $39.98, bags from $24.98 and even select skates starting at $49.98. The Great Skate Summer Sale will also be featuring sticks from Warrior, Easton, Bauer, CCM and more starting at $39.98! You won’t find a stick starting lower than that anywhere.

Brian Gionta - Buffalo Sabres
Brian Gionta – Buffalo Sabres

Meet Buffalo sabers captain Brian Gionta Thursday Aug 13th between 2-3:30 for a meet and greet and answer your questions.

Test you shot with the New Easton CX stick at the Easton shooting gallery Thursday and Friday 11am-6pm

For those stopping by the tent, be sure to grab a burrito from Buffalo’s first food truck, as Lloyd’s Taco

lloyds Taco Truck
lloyds Taco Truck

Truck will be on hand both Thursday and Friday afternoon. Sabretooth will be stopping by to take pictures and sign autographs from 1-2pm on Friday as well.

Additional prizes and promotions will run throughout the week, so don’t miss your chance to grab new gear from Bauer, CCM, Easton, Warrior and more at prices that won’t be beat during the Great Skate Summer Sale.

As always map restriction apply Bauer items excluded

CCM Ribcor Skates

CCM Ribcor Skates
CCM Ribcor Skates

The Pump will not be going away as CCM takes over the Reebok hockey brand. In fact, the new CCM Ribcor 50 skate features the newest version of the Pump technology.

The Ribcor 50 also features a new and improved tongue, a state-of-the-art quarter package and the new Speedblade Black runner.

CCM’s new black steel runner is designed to promote longer life with the steel no matter how many sharpenings you put the skates through. The new SB Black runner is not only featured on the Ribcor 50 skate but on the Ribcor 48 skate as well.

As with every elite model skate, the Ribcor features a fully heat modable core and a full carbon quarter package for a stiff, responsive, lightweight boot. A moldable boot like the Ribcor allows for a fully custom fit while also providing a stiff boot for an explosive first three steps. Of course, the added feature of the pump also provides for additional comfort customization for each player wearing the new Ribcor skates.

A brand new, felt tongue is featured on the skate for a classic look and feel while still featuring innovative lace bite technology without sacrificing comfort or looks.

Each price point Ribcor model shares many features of the elite model with minimal sacrifices in each model. The Ribcor 48 offers nearly every feature of the Ribcor 50, including the SB Black runner, SpeedBlade 4.0 holder and the fully heat moldable Flexcore.

The Ribcor 46, 44 and 42 skates are also heat moldable although each model features the traditional SpeedBlade runner (not black) and a more basic quarter package and tongue construction.

Each of the CCM Ribcor skate model can be found at Great Skate’s impressive inventory of skates, ensuring that you can find the right size and model of skate for your game. Stop by today to get fitted for the newest CCM Ribcor model.

Great Skate Summer Event

Great Skate Summer Event
Great Skate Summer event

GREAT SKATE SIZZLING SUMMER SAVINGS EVENT 25% off Hockey Gear – JULY 16 – 19, 2015.

Fill up your Hockey Bag July 16th – July 19th Great Skate will be having a Sizzling Summer Savings Event. The sale is available only at our Buffalo, NY store – 3395 Sheridan Drive / Amherst / NY 14226. Don’t be fooled by the competition, this sale is one you won’t want to miss. Great Service. Great Price. Great Selection. Great Skate Hockey – Game On. Store Hours will be Thursday – Friday 9am – 9pm, Saturday 9am – 6pm, & Sunday 10am – 5pm

25% off Hockey & Goalie Gear

SCORE 25% off your Hockey and Goalie Gear purchases during the Great Skate Sizzling Summer Savings Event from July 16th – July 19th, 2015. Some restrictions may apply. Please see store for details. Game ON!

Great Skate 30 Day Guarantee

We check our competitors’ prices often to make sure you get the best price possible. We will match all local U.S. competitors printed or website prices, sale prices within a 30 mile radius of Great Skate. All price match ads, web pages must be presented at time of purchase. All prior sales excluded from this offer. All items ending in .98 or quantity pricing are excluded from this price match offer and this cannot be combined with any other offers.

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Keep an eye out for our 32nd Annual Great Skate Summer Sale Coming Soon!

What They’re Wearing – Jack Eichel

What They’re Wearing - Jack Eichel
What They’re Wearing – Jack Eichel

The most eagerly anticipated arrival in Western New York this summer was that of Jack Eichel. He made his on-ice debut with the Sabres at their annual development camp and while his number hadn’t been decided when he took the ice, his decision on equipment was.

Eichel appears to be continuing to wear the same equipment he did at Boston University and through a photo on the Sabres Facebook page, we also know what he wears as protective equipment as well.

 CCM Ultra Tacks - Eichel sports CCM Ultra Tacks shoulder pads and elbow guards,
CCM Ultra Tacks – Eichel sports CCM Ultra Tacks shoulder pads and elbow guards,

Protective: CCM Ultra Tacks – Eichel sports CCM Ultra Tacks shoulder pads and elbow guards, which utilizes CCM’s new D3O technology which minimizes weight while maximizing protection. Floating spine and sternum protectors ensure additional protection in key areas on the shoulder pads. The elbow pads utilizes the same D3O technology and molded foam armor as the shoulder pads.

Helmet: Bauer IMS 9.0Possibly the most comfortable helmet in Bauer’s line. A strong combination of the best features of the ever popular 4500 and the newest technology in the IMS helmets. Poron XRD foam reinforcements and a VN Foam liner ensure maximum comfort in addition to impressive protection.

Skates: Bauer Supreme TotalOne MX3The flagship skate of the Supreme line is a lightweight, powerful skate built on an anatomic fit profile that utilizes CURV composites for an unparalleled fit.

Stick: Bauer Supreme TotalOne MX3Like the MX3 skates, the TotalOne stick is a perfect combination of power and strength. Eichel’s game is often described as a smooth combo of those exact traits, as his heavy shot is one of the hallmarks of his game and was on display early during development camp.

Gloves: Warrior Covert QR1One of the only non-Bauer items Eichel wears is the responsive, anatomically designed QR1 gloves. The QR1 introduces new features such as the Axis Flex thumb for increased dexterity in addition to the previous features from the original DT1 gloves which provided a tapered, responsive fit.

NHL Free Agent Frenzy

NHL
NHL

Today marks the opening of free agency in the NHL and while the Draft has evolved into the far more interesting swap-meet, the opening of free agency still promises plenty of exciting deals and the opportunity for teams to revamp their rosters.

Here in Great Skate’s neck of the woods, the Buffalo Sabres are expected to remain active after pulling off a pair of big trades on draft day while coming away with Jack Eichel who ought to become the face of their franchise almost overnight.

The Sabres are still in need of help along the blueline and perhaps even up front. They’ll also need to secure some depth and help for their minor league team in Rochester, but the primary focus will be placed on the free agent market. Here are a few names the Sabres will (or should) be considering.

Paul Martin

He’s been on the lips of many Sabres fans recently as his time spent with Dan Bylsma isn’t being discounted one bit. He made $5m last year and still offers a quality two-way element that if deployed on Buffalo’s second pairing could be a fine addition to the team.

The challenges on Martin are two-fold. He’s creeping up on his late 30s which means he will likely want to go to an established competitor while also securing his established market rate. For the Sabres, offering him a longer deal to potentially buy him away from a contender could put them in cap jail in a few years if Martin sticks around. However, Martin has shown the ability to carry significant minutes the last few seasons with very little side effects. Bet on a two or three-year deal at $5m for the Sabres to be in the running for Martin.

Johnny Oduya

Oduya is going to be a very popular option on the free agent market as he’s collected a pair of Stanley Cups in the last three years and managed added minutes very well in the playoffs. While he’s starting to age a bit, he’s still shown the ability to be a quality contributor.

Oduya is a terrific skater who would slot in well on Buffalo’s second pair. He likely has a similar point of view as Martin as he may prefer an established contender. While his deal this year was below $4m annually, I would expect the Sabres need to push to that $4m floor to ensure they could grab him for three years.

Alec Martinez (trade)

This is more of a pie-in-the-sky idea, but it’s something I’m very keen on. At one point, some were discussing that Martinez could be moved in order to accommodate for cap concerns in Los Angeles. That’s not likely the case anymore and attempting to snag Martinez in a trade could be a challenge.

Martinez is a solid two-way threat who could not only fill a vital role for the Sabres next year but his age would keep him in the fold for the foreseeable future. I’d expect the Sabres would need to dangle a young forward like Marcus Foligno or Johan Larsson along with a mid-round draft pick to land the man who scored the Cup winning goal in 2014.

John Moore

The 2009 Columbus first rounder hasn’t really found his way in the NHL, but he’s carved out a role as a bottom pair contributor who can skate like the wind. Moore is more of an offensive threat than a stout defender, but in sheltered minutes he could offer the Sabres a fair bit of offense from the third pair.

As a lefty who was just allowed to walk by the Coyotes, Moore could combine with the likes of Mike Weber and perhaps Mark Pysyk on the third pair to form a quality pairing that could offer a bit more offense when Moore was dressed or a bit more grit if Weber was dressed. A two-year deal at $1m would be a significant raise for Moore and would give the Sabres a smart, third pair signing.

Justin Williams

Much in the mold of Paul Martin, Williams would be a terrific signing but it may be tough to lure the aging, three-time Cup winner away from a contender. Williams will likely need a contract north of $4.5m and at least three years from the Sabres to come east. If they landed him, Williams would offer the Sabres’ top six a terrific veteran presence as the group begins to mature.

Williams is a terrific option who may be tough to land simply because he’s coming off two Cups with the Kings and may prefer to stay in the Stanley Cup hunt. As improved as the Sabres have become they still need to go a little further to start really becoming a free agent destination.

Michael Frolik

A personal favorite, Frolik is an impressive middle-six winger who could flip to the left or right side (in a pinch). His possession numbers are terrific and he’s coming off of a playoff run with the Jets. He’s a terrific penalty killer and would be a nice addition for the Sabres.

Frolik also happens to be the most attractive free agent option this year. He’s likely going to get a long, lucrative deal and while the Sabres have the space to grab him, I’m unsure if they want to devote a five year deal to any free agents.

Also, take a look at what these guys wear on the ice, you can find every piece of equipment worn by the pros at Great Skate.

Cup Captains rely on Bauer

Stanley Cup Finals 2015
Stanley Cup Finals 2015

Both Bauer athletes, Jonathan Toews and Steven Stamkos utilize similar pieces of Bauer gear, although they’re hardly uniform in the choices they make.

Jonathan Toews

Bauer 4500 helmetA favorite amongst many NHLers, the 4500 is short on frills but long on comfort. The VN foam liner is the type used by nearly every player in the NHL and the 4500’s classic look means it passes the mirror test 10 out of 10 times.

Bauer Supreme TotalOne NXG glovesAn elite faceoff man and sublime offensive threat, Toews relies on the snug, tapered fit of the TotalOne line. While he hasn’t graduated to the new TotalOne MX3 gloves just yet, the TotalOne NXG isn’t short on features. The anatomically designed fit gives a tight fit on the back of the hand that is reinforced with Bauer’s Poron XRD foam. The three-piece index finger and pro segmented cuff are ideal for mobility and responsiveness and perfect for a player whose puck handling, shooting and passing are the highlights of his skillset.

Bauer Vapor APX2 skatesBauer’s elite skate line, the APX2 is ultra-lightweight and the preferred skate of countless pros and elite players. The X-Rib design stabilizes the boot with additional stiffness and structure while the Curv composite boot construction ensures massive weight savigns. The APX2 also introduced Bauer’s new Lightspeed Edge TUUK that features a quick change trigger for easy steel replacement.

Bauer Nexus 8000The Nexus line is designed for a balanced look and feel compared to the durable, power of the Supreme line and the lightweight agility of the Vapor line. The Nexus remains incredibly light and utilizes a mid-kick profile that is not unlike that of the TotalOne stick. The Pure Shot blade profile promotes a stiffer blade profile to prevent twisting on passes or shots, creating a more accurate release time after time.

Steven Stamkos

Bauer 4500 helmetLike Toews, Stamkos uses the classic 4500 helmet. The classic design is low key and the helmet’s profile is narrow. You can’t go wrong in the looks department with the 4500.

Bauer Supreme TotalOne NXG glovesLike his fellow captain, Stamkos chooses the TotalOne NXG gloves on a nightly basis. One of the league’s elite pure scorers, Stamkos likely favors the snug, responsive fit that the TotalOne’s anatomic design offers. These are a perfect glove for snipers who prefer their glove and hand to move as one while they pick corners on the powerplay.

Bauer Vapor 1X skatesGraduating to the newest release from Bauer, Stamkos certainly sees benefits from the lightest skate that Bauer offers at this time. The Vapor 1X skates utilizes Bauer’s revolutionary new 37.5 material in the liner to assist in moisture absorption and evaporation. Bauer has improved on the X-rib design from the APX line while still utilizing super light Curv composite through the entire boot. The Lightspeed Edge remains as the holder but a new blade provides a better angle of attack than previous offerings.

Bauer Supreme TotalOne MX3 stickAs one of the league’s best scorers, Stamkos often capitalizes on off wing slap shots on the powerplay. His heavy, lethal shot is enhanced by the TotalOne MX3 stick thanks to the mid-kick and double concave construction. The double concave taper is designed to minimize torsion during shots to not only increase accuracy but to create improved power transfer through the shaft.

Great Skate Stanley Cup Preview

Stanley Cup Finals 2015
Stanley Cup Finals 2015

After over 1100 games, we have finally reached the peak of the NHL season. The Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning survived seven-game series in their respective Conference Finals in order to advance to the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.

It’s a tale of two teams as the Blackhawks return to the final for the third time since 2010 while the Lightning return for their second ever Stanley Cup appearance. Chicago has carved out a true dynasty – or as close to a dynasty that you can come to – in the salary cap era. The Blackhawks three Cup appearances include an addition to two Conference Final defeats (2009 & 2014) to pair with seven-straight playoff berths.

Tampa Bay came within one game of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, losing out to Boston at the TD Garden but have not seen such success since. Their first round exit last year at the hands of Montreal ended a two-year playoff drought. However, Tampa’s skilled core is similar to that of the Blackhawks as both teams have built through the top and middle of the draft effectively while supplementing their rosters via the trade market.

Why Tampa Will Win

Tampa Bay boasts the most lethal line in this year’s playoffs and Steven Stamkos isn’t even part of the trio. The Triplets – comprised of Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat – have driven the Bolts through the first three rounds as Johnson appears to be a strong favorite for the Conn Smythe. Stamkos, along with Alex Killorn and Valteri Flippula gives Tampa an impressive one-two punch that has been very difficult to defend.

Victor Hedman has been a handful in each round as he’s played a 200-foot game and has been in on a number of vital scoring plays thus far. He’s been eating minutes for the Lightning but hasn’t been overloaded thanks to John Cooper’s penchant for dressing seven defensemen.

The seven defensemen, 12 forwards line up has allowed Cooper to limit matchups and stay in control of who his players are on the ice against and when. It has also given the Lightning an extra option on the back end in case of injury or poor play. While the decision is certainly unique, it has paid off in spades for the Bolts thus far.

Ben Bishop would probably be given the edge by most in the goaltending matchup this series and he’ll need to come through in the clutch to push Tampa Bay to their second Cup championship. He has had his struggles this postseason but has also shut things down when necessary. He may be the most important piece for Tampa as they enter the series.

Why Chicago Will Win

The Blackhawks are a well read book at this point. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Marian Hossa, Brent Seabrook and company have all walked this path before. Nearly this exact roster was one goal from playing in the Cup Final last year and nothing should be expected to shake this group at this point.

Like Tampa Bay, Chicago’s depth makes them difficult to defend. When you can pick from a group of Toews, Kane, Hossa, Patrick Sharp, Andrew Shaw, Brandon Saad, Teuvo Teravainen, Antoine Vermette and Brad Richards, things are going well. The Hawks sport more than their fair share of 200-foot players and don’t be surprised to see one of Tampa’s two big lines shutout for most of this series.

The only potential hiccup for the Hawks could come on the backend. Keith, Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya have seen big minutes through the first three rounds and that isn’t about to change. While the Hawks have rotated others through, they’ve played four defensemen for a majority of their series. Should that fatigue factor catch up to them, it could be a problem. However, Duncan Keith may or may not be a hockey cyborg who does not tire, so don’t bet against that group just yet.

Corey Crawford’s play this postseason has been erratic. He was pulled from the Nashville series only to retake the net and lead a comeback in the first round. He has been solid but not spectacular through the second and third rounds and now faces another strong offensive group. Should he continue his strong play, he’ll tip the scales in Chicago’s favor. If he struggles, there may not be enough runway left for the Blackhawks to recover.

The Verdict

This ought to be an incredibly fun series. The Lightning have shown the ability to adapt to their opponents and play a very entertaining game. Chicago has been here and done that, but their impressive skillset makes them an easy favorite. While many will be quick to point to the goaltending as the biggest showdown, how Tampa handles Chicago’s depth is what will set this series apart for me.

If the Bolts manage to keep The Triplets and the Stamkos line clicking, they might just run away with the Cup. But if Chicago silences even one of those two groups, it will be an easy win for the Windy City. I’m not betting against the Blackhawks depth, Chicago in 7.

Bauer Supreme MX3 Shoulder Pads

Bauer Supreme MX3 Shoulder Pads
Bauer Supreme MX3 Shoulder Pads

The new Bauer Supreme TotalOne MX3 shoulder pads integrate Bauer’s newest protective technology to the company’s anatomically designed protective line.

Bauer’s Flexorb technology isn’t left out of the Supreme MX3 shoulder pads as strategic sternum  reinforcement utilized the same Flexorb pad construction as the TotalOne gloves and protective line. Additional protection throughout the unit features Vent Armor padding for a lightweight, breathable protective layer.

Bauer Supreme MX3 Shoulder Pads
Bauer Supreme MX3 Shoulder Pads

Vent Armor is featured prominently on the shoulder pad unit as the padding is utilized throughout the chest, shoulder caps and ribs. The reinforced rib and kidney areas are particularly protective as the pads wrap around in prominent areas thanks to the anatomic design.

Bauer has also built their new 37.5 technology into the unit to ensure maximum comfort and a quick drying, odor control system. 37.5 technology enhances moisture evaporation to not only keep players cool, but to keep equipment from gaining weight due to wetness from sweat.

With the anatomic design of the MX3 equipment, the shoulder pads move as one with the player wearing them with little excess movement or sliding. This is enhanced by Bauer’s new strap lock system and integrated sleeve lock. This is a new feature that combines strategic, traditional strap placement with a sleeve insert that is attached directly to the padding. The sleeve lock on the shoulder pads is built into the bicep guard to ensure the arms of the pads move in unison at all times.

Maximizing range of motion while maintaining superior protection is the hallmark of the Supreme MX3 protective line. The MX3 shoulder pads achieve this in a number of ways, making them a tremendous choice for players of any level.

CCM Tacks protective

CCM Tacks protective — UltraTacks gloves, shoulders shins and elbows

Ultra Tacks Protective and Gloves
Ultra Tacks Protective and Gloves

Among the many innovative features being introduced to the hockey world by CCM this year, few are more impressive than their new D3O technology.

Almost a direct answer to Bauer’s Poron XRD foam that’s featured in the company’s helmets and protective equipment, the D3O technology is featured in specific impact areas of each piece of the new CCM Tacks protective line.

The D3O foam is designed to absorb high impact collisions while remaining soft and flexible. Upon impact, the foam contracts and then redirects the energy away from your body. Ultimately the foam is made to reduce the direct force felt by each hit.

CCM features the D3O foam in each shoulder cap of the Tacks shoulder pads, the kneecap of the shin guards and the elbow cap of the elbow pads, the hip section of the pants and the backhand and fingers of the gloves.

The Tacks protective line also features a new ventilated armor system that is easily noticeable on the chest portion of the shoulder pads, the bicep guards on the elbow pads and the interior portions of the pants. The molded foam armor is included in the 6052, 4052 and 2052 models while the 6052 shoulder pads also utilizes the new D3O lined shoulder caps.

In fact, the 6052 line is one of the best value buys in all of hockey as each model not only features the D3O foam but also nearly every other feature of the Ultra Tacks models.

The Ultra Tacks shin pads are built with an anatomical calf wrap reinforced with HD foam while both the 6052 and Ultra Tacks shin guards have a new neoprence lock strap which differs from any used in previous years. Ideally, the neoprene wrapped strap won’t lose elasticity nearly as fast as the moisture-repellent reinforcement will keep the elastic strap dry and fresh.

While the pants don’t differ much from the RBZ line with the +1” adjustment feature and the floating HD back protector. The new Ultra Tacks gloves, however, feature pro-level protection with the D3O reinforced back hand and fingers and the snug backhand fit opens to a mobile cuff for improved mobility.

The entire Tacks line brings a new set of options for CCM fans while pulling from some of the newest technology in the entire industry. Great Skate carries the entire CCM Tacks protective line both in store and online.