Everyone knows what it means when Labor Day rolls around – it’s almost hockey season.
Slowly but surely the temperature is dropping and NHL training camps are opening up. Early fall tournaments have already wrapped up and most teams have already been on the ice practicing for the upcoming season and Great Skate wants to make sure you’re ready for the 2017-18 season.
From September 15 through the 17, Great Skate will be hosting the Back to Hockey Sale. During the sale you can find the guaranteed best prices on gear for the upcoming season. Save up to 20% on everything from helmets to skates and from sticks to socks during the Back to Hockey Sale. Bauer, MAP & items ending in .98 are excluded from this offer
Beyond the big savings offered by the Back to Hockey Sale, Great Skate is opening the doors to our warehouse for even bigger savings on clearance gear in the warehouse.
Don’t miss your opportunity to grab major savings and outfit the hockey players in your home for the coming season at the 2017 Great Skate Back to Hockey Sale on September 15, 16 and 17.
A second generation family-run business, from GreatSkate’s memorable annual summer tent sales graced with NHL players the likes of Larry Robinson, Denis Savard, Ray Bourque, Mike Bossy, Brian Leetch and Eric Lindros to its trailblazing catalog and mail-order subscription service exceeding 200,000 members, the Buffalo-based hockey retailer has become the player’s choice supplier of hockey equipment.
“GreatSkate is an olde time family hockey service,” President Tom Farkas said. “We’re hands-on. We know hockey, we think hockey and we know what’s going on with the latest, greatest and hottest sticks on the market. Players come in and shop for our service, selection and knowledge of the game.”
GreatSkate’s flagship, 25,000 square-foot suburban location in Amherst, N.Y. features a custom-fit skate center, repair shop, and fully stocked stick and blade racks complete with a simulated indoor rink to fire off a few test shots.
“Back in the 90’s with the summer tent sales and autograph sessions, players would come in and shop,” Farkas said. “Now, they send in their parents and family members because they feel comfortable knowing they will be taken care of.”
In 1984, GreatSkate set the tone with one of the very first hockey catalogs on the market. During the dawn of the pre-expansion era, GreatSkate carried just two major lines of equipment: Cooper equipment and Victoriaville sticks. As the game expanded so did the hockey supply company becoming an official retailer for Bauer, CCM, Reebok, Grit, Mission, Mogo, Mylec, Shockdoctor, Stx, Tapout, Warrior and more.
As the game grew so did GreatSkate with its highly publicized and attended annual summer tent sale featuring NHL superstars.
“Back then you didn’t realize,” Vice President of Retail Operations Keith Farkas said. “We picked up guys like Larry Robinson from the airport and brought them in. We knew who he was but he didn’t know who we were. We’d spot them in the airport and ask, ‘Are you here for the GreatSkate event?‘
The annual, outdoor summer tent sale featured a number of different NHL All-Stars making celebrity appearances each season. Guys like Bryan Trottier, Pat LaFontaine, Alexander Mogilny, Curtis Joseph and Patrick Kane became regulars.
“Alexandre Daigle showed up by limousine one year,” Keith added with a laugh. “Later, guys started showing up themselves. It was a great time.”
While the game has changed from wood, aluminum and graphite to the kevlar and complex composite evolution, the trademark, individual attention and family atmosphere at GreatSkate has not. The next generation of players and fans of the game are in good hands with Internet, Online and Advertising General Manager Mike Farkas and his brother Jeff Farkas, a former standout for the Boston College Eagles and Toronto Maple Leafs.
“When a customer chooses us, it becomes our foremost obligation to make sure his or her hockey experience is flawless,” GreatSkate’s Company Philosophy states. “We would expect nothing less if we were on the other side of the counter.
“Our tradition of excellence has been a proud one — that’s our history. The future is yours.”
Main Image: From left — Tom Farkas, Keith Farkas and Michael Farkas — make the GreatSkate in-store hockey experience second to none. 2017 marks its 44th season since it first opened its doors in 1973.
Blog post was from https://hockeyclan.com/ September 6th, 2017
The biggest hockey event of the summer is almost here. In just a few short weeks you’ll be able to save big at the Great Skate Summer Sale.
From July 27 to the 30, the Summer Sale will provide huge savings on equipment from every major manufacturer. Gear from Bauer, CCM, Warrior and more will be marked down to the lowest prices of the year.
You’ll also have the ability to test out some of the newest gear on the market as the shooting range will be open and each manufacturer will be offering some special opportunities to preview and test gear. That includes a unique shooting room demo that you won’t want to miss.
Every major manufacturer will have reps on hand, including the CCM Fast Team. Have a question about the Bauer skate line? Chat with the Bauer reps who will be on hand. Thinking about placing a custom goal pad order? Vaughn will be at Great Skate throughout the week to assist with custom fitting, ordering and more. Warrior will have reps at the Summer Sale to preview the new Alpha QX stick line as well.
Of course, manufacturer reps rarely come empty handed, shoppers will have a chance to go home with some unique swag during the sale as a number of companies will be giving away swag bags and other cool merch over all four days of the sale.
Combine that free merch with the hottest deals of the year and you’re in store for a terrific event. The four-day sale will feature deep discounts on everything from skates to sticks with some items marked down lower than they have been anywhere else – whether that be online or in a store.
With all of the demo opportunities, equipment reps, giveaways and savings on tap for the 2017 Summer Sale, you won’t want to miss your chance to stop by Great Skate a suit up for the 2017-18 season. We’ll see you there.
Save big on nearly all of Bauer’s 2015 collection at the Great Skate Yellow Tag sale. With massive savings on a number of items, the 2016 Yellow Tag Sale provides some of the best prices on the best gear from 2015.
The MX3 skates are incredibly light and provide pro-level performance thanks to the anatomically designed CURV composite boot and the Free-Flex tendon guard which gives a customizable option for players to choose from.
Additional savings are available on the entire Vapor collection from 2015. That means you start saving on the APX2 pro gloves and other protective gear from the Vapor line. Thanks to the Yellow Tag Sale, you can find the cheapest prices on Bauer Vapor equipment from the past year.
Other sale items on price point models like the X 100 gloves and X80 pants surpass the 25% threshold, with the X80 pants currently available for only $64.99.
Bauer’s newest family member, Easton is also roped into the Yellow Tag Sale. In fact, some of Easton’s most impressive releases from the last year are 44% off or more. The sale on the Stealth CX stick cuts nearly 50% of the price off while the Synergy HTX stick is currently on sale for 50% off the original price.
As Easton is transitioned into Bauer’s collection, many of their products will either change to the Bauer name or disappear altogether. So for players who are passionate about Easton’s equipment, now is the time to buy. You can get Easton pro sticks on sale for incredible prices to ensure your stockpile doesn’t dwindle for some time.
One final piece of the Yellow Tag Sale is CCM’s RBZ protective line. As the company transitions to a new name under the Jetspeed and Quicklite lines, the RBZ collection will move away. That also means that the entire RBZ protective line will be priced to sell.
The RBZ line is a good looking line that has drawn from the former Crazy Light collection to create a blend of protection and performance. The entire RBZ protective line is highlighted by the use of Crazy Light U foam, which is designed for pro level protection without adding bulk.
You can find more gear in the Yellow Tag Sale in store or online at Great Skate.com
Have a hockey payer on your shopping list but have no idea what to get them? Look no further as Great Skate has a foolproof hockey gift guide to provide you with a stocking full of gifts for hockey players.
You can’t head to the rink without repping your favorite equipment manufacturer or perhaps your favorite hockey shop. So, if you’re looking for a gift that won’t just live in a smelly hockey bag – but probably still a smelly hockey player’s bedroom – check out our wide variety of hockey apparel. You can go with a small stocking suffer like the Bauer skate lace bracelet; grab an ultra popular Bauer New Era hat; or you could go big with a warm Bauer hoodie.
There are no better stocking stuffers than hockey accessories. A few rolls of tape, a new piece of wax or even a hockey puck bottle opener would make any hockey player’s holiday.
Of course, every player is hoping to unwrap a new piece of gear or two. If you’re going for a new addition to the bag, the Bauer Supreme 150 glove isn’t a bad choice. It’s an anatomically designed glove which is made to fit tighter against the hand to provide a more responsive fit. Another safe, but hard to wrap, option is a stick. Great Skate offers pretty much any stick you could think of and one of them could take the cake as the best present at the party.
There isn’t much to be said here. You can find a wide range of mini sticks at Great Skate including the super popular new composite models. Made with the same look and feel of their senior models, sticks like the CCM Tacks or Bauer Vapor 1X can be bought in mini versions for countless hours of fun played with pucks made of wrapping paper.
Hockey players can be picky, especially when it comes to equipment. So, if you’re unsure if you should be getting a pair of black Bauer Nexus gloves or a red, white and blue pair of Warrior Covert gloves, a gift card will do the picking for you! Great Skate gift cards come in any denomination you may need, from $25.00 right up to $300.00.
The Great Skate Summer Sale is returning for the 32nd year and once again the deals offered during the sale can’t be beat.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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!
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.
Spring is a time for flowers to bloom, the snow to melt and for new hockey equipment to hit the shelves.
While almost everyone in the northeast is ready for the thaw to come, hockey players have only one thing on their mind; what new products do we have to look forward to for next season? April is the time when many of these new products are released – or announced – for the next season.
This spring is not different as there will be many new, exciting products in stock and ready to ship out by mid-April. These products will be available in store and online by April 20, 2015.
Many players are eagerly anticipating the new Bauer Vapor equipment as the new Bauer 1X skates will be available soon. The new Vapor 1X skates feature a brand new Form Fit Lite felt tongue that gives a pro look while providing peak protection thanks to a CURV composite insert. The ankle and upper on the boot are fully composite as well, giving the boot a massive weight reduction while maintaining rigidity.
The 1X skates feature a new footbed designed to increase the amount of contact made between your foot and the skate, thus maximizing explosiveness compared to other skate models. When combined with the higher angle of attack from the Lightspeed Edge holder, the skate really promotes explosive traits. The Vapor 1X skates promise to be a hot item this spring as the new features have pushed the Vapor skate line to the next level.
Bauer has also redesigned the Bauer Supreme protective lineto include Bauer’s FlexOrb padding inserts in key protective areas. The line, which is designed to provide a snug, anatomical fit, features FleXorb inserts in key areas on the knee joint, elbow joint and sternum region.
The new Supreme equipment (and the 1X skates) also feature Bauer’s revolutionary 37.5 technology that represents a brand new type of moisture wicking material. The 37.5 material won’t just keep you cool and dry during a game, but it is specifically designed to dry itself, which means your gear will stay fresh longer and eliminate smelly rooms full of gear.
As the CCM transition hits high gear, the current Ribcor stick and skate line will become CCM products and there will be a new CCM Ribcor stick hitting the shelves this fall. CCM will also be introducing the new CCM Jetspeed skates as the successor to the very popular RBZ skate line. The Jetspeed skates won’t be on the shelves until July of this year and CCM will have a brand new RBZ stick this fall as well. The Speedburner won’t be available until August, however. We got a sneak peak at the new Speedburner stick and we’ll have a write up on that soon, so stay tuned for that.
One additional entry for 2015-16 will be the new CCM Tacks Protectiveline. The new protective line from CCM highlights the new D3O technology being used all over new CCM products. The D3O technology is featured in specific impact areas of each piece of the new CCM Tacks protective line. The new Ultra Tacks gloves are unique in look and next-level in terms of protection, much like the entire line.
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.
Easton has steadily ramped up their production away from their sticks and will continue that trend with a new line of protective gear for this season. Easton’s new gear will hit the shelves in May along with the new Easton Stealth which revives the old name with new technology.
The new Easton Stealth CX will feature the elliptical taper profile that debuted on the S17 stick line while introducing a stiffer, more durable blade construction. The commitment to the blade profile is evident as there are a number of new features built into the blade construction of the CX stick.
Easton will also utilize the Hyperlite Design feature to shave weight from the stick in order to increase performance. As a stick line that has long defined elite, lightweight stick design, the new Stealth CX will most certainly continue that tradition.
The new kid on the block, STX broke in with a strong first showing last year as the Stallion and Surgeon sticks and gloves won over fans of the lacrosse giant. Now, STX is ready to step up their game. There will be a new STX stick line that releases in September. Additionally, STX is ready to introduce the Stallion and Surgeon protective line in a few weeks.
The new line will carry on the Stallion and Surgeon names that adorn STX’s entry into the stick and glove market. With the Stallion line geared more towards a heavier, durable game, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Stallion protective equipment follow the same design standards. In a similar manner, I’d expect the Surgeon – which shared many traits with the Bauer Vapor line – to carry on in that vein as well.
The fun starts in just a couple of weeks as the newest toys to hit the market will be hitting the Great Skate shelves. We guarantee the lowest prices on any US Manufacturer authorized web site which means you can shop with confidence at www.greatskate.com.
A new study from the Virginia Tech Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics has shown that many hockey helmets are deemed unsafe with regard to concussion prevention. The study, highlighted by ESPN’s Outside the Lines this past weekend, indicated that many hockey helmets fall below the standard set by the Virginia Tech rating system.
Concussions and concussion prevention are already a very touchy subject these days as injury prevention is being taken at every level of the sport and manufacturers are researching new technologies in an attempt to make players safer on the ice. However, this new report shows that each manufacturer needs to keep pushing.
The STAR rating system works on a scale of one-to-five, with five being the highest. Of the 32 helmets Virginia Tech tested, only one met the standard for three star protection. The other 31 helmets were either rated at two, one or zero stars.
The Warrior Krown 360 helmet was the lone helmet to rate at three stars, showing that it offers the most protection from impacts that can result in a concussion. The CCM Resistance 300 and 100, Bauer 5100 and 2100, the Warrior Krown LTE and the CCM Fitlite (previously the Reebok 11K) each tested at two stars.
Bauer RE-AKT 100
Warrior Krown 360
Bauer IMS 7.0
Bauer IMS 11.0
CCM/Reebok Fitlite (11K)
Bauer IMS 9.0
CCM Resistance 300
CCM Resistance 100
Warrior Krown LTE
Now, it’s important to remember that no helmet can prevent concussions altogether. Collisions or impacts that cause concussions seem to vary on a case-by-case and player-to-player basis. A fairly innocent bump along the board may not concuss me but it will concuss you. Conversely, a monster hit in open ice may not be as concussive as the impact caused when you fall to the ice after the hit.
The variables and differences in each of these cases make the marketing (from manufacturers) and the results of this test difficult to process. For example, the test itself was studying the results from direct impact to the head. This can be caused from everything from a tumble into the boards or net, an errant stick or puck to the head or even an opponent’s body part. What’s hard to identify is if (or how) Virginia Tech studies the results of hits that don’t impact the head. For example, a heavy open ice hit may not cause any direct impact to a player’s head, but the g-force caused by the check itself could still result in a concussive impact to the brain. This is why it is so important to consider both linear and rotational impacts (as the testing did).
Of course, the latter scenario is also a perfect example of how no helmet could truly prevent a concussion.
The other side of the coin here is how helmets are being marketed by manufacturers. The highest price point models consistently introduce new shell construction and interior upgrades. Yet, the study didn’t rate any elite model at higher than two stars – except for the Krown 360. Further, the test showed that different helmet models, which all share the same shell mold, performed at drastically different levels. The best example is the Bauer 5100 and 2100 garnering two stars while the 7500 was given one star and the 9900 was not recommended. Each of these helmets share a similar, if not identical shell design yet each performed at a different level in the testing environment. It’s an odd conundrum without taking the liner materials into consideration.
There are a few things that need to be taken away from these results. First, the HECC stickers that adorn all of the hockey helmets sold at Great Skate are not irrelevant. The HECC ratings are primarily focused on preventing injuries such as skull fractures. While a HECC sticker doesn’t ensure a helmet is concussion-proof, it doesn’t mean a helmet is unsafe either. Second, these ratings help to identify which helmets prevent against both linear and rotational impacts. This means that the tests identify more than just what happens if your head is struck by a stick or the boards. It works to identify the various types of events can potentially cause concussions. Lastly, no helmet can prevent concussions. The helmet industry as a whole is nowhere near finding the answer for this, so bear in mind that there isn’t a magical helmet on the horizon that will keep you safe in all scenarios.
What is important is for the industry to adjust to this study. Companies like Bauer, Warrior and CCM/Reebok need to step forward and do more than offer spin on the results. Each company should not only begin to take steps to make their helmets safe, but they should be displaying their STAR ratings in catalogs and on the boxes for each helmet.
If you’re looking to upgrade your helmet from what you’re currently wearing, Great Skate sells nearly every helmet utilized in the study, including the Warrior Krown 360, which received the highest rating of three stars.
Hockey apparel wasn’t always as prevalent or as readily available for purchase as it is today as there was a time not too long ago that branded apparel was very hard to come by. Now every manufacturer has a bevvy of hats, t-shirts and sweatshirts adorned with their logo and products. The same goes for hockey lifestyle brands like Gongshow which cater exclusively to hockey players.
In the event that you haven’t found the right gift for the hockey player you’re shopping for, take a look at the hockey apparel at Great Skate. Great Skate’s hockey apparel includes products from CCM, Bauer, Easton, Gongshow, Reebok, Warrior and many others.
Whether sporting it at the rink or just when they’re hanging out, products like Bauer hoodies and CCM hats are always a go-to for hockey players of all ages. What’s even better is that these great gifts can be found without worrying about breaking the bank.
The Bauer New Era 3930 hat might be the hottest item of the year as it’s nearly impossible to walk into a rink without seeing one or two of the great looking hats. CCM’s national pride inspired hats are also popular with every age group and they have a very cool set of knit winter caps out for this holiday season. Another great hat for the cold winter months is the Great Skate Bauer winter hat. It’s warm, attractive and sports the very cool Great Skate logo on the front.
In the event that the player you’re shopping for isn’t a hat guy (or girl), there are plenty of other apparel options available with Great Skate. For example, Warrior’s hockey t-shirts are expressive and unique. They also happen to share many similarities with other popular athletic apparel shirts that are popular on the market today. Given that so many hockey players have to trudge through sub-30 degree temperatures and snowy sidewalks, a hoody is always a great option for a gift around the holiday. You can find Bauer hockey hoodies along with many other outerwear options from nearly every manufacturer at Great Skate
These products represent a small portion of the terrific hockey apparel at Great Skate that could check off the gift needs of any hockey player on your shopping list no matter how young or old they happen to be. Whether shopping online or at our store you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for.