A new feature for the blog, we will be sitting down with professional hockey players and industry professionals for a series of Q&As. For our first Q&A we were granted an exclusive opportunity to as Mike Mountain of Easton Hockey a few questions about their newest stick line, the VSeries.
Great Skate: Easton has always managed to raise the bar with each stick they release. What about the new stick line, that you can share, will raise the bar again?
Mike Mountain: The VSeries is really a product of a couple years working with premier shooting instructors and getting a better understanding of shooting mechanics. We wanted to understand what makes the best goal scorers and then build a product that works with that technique better than anything out there. We learned that the best players are loading the blade and shooting the puck off the toe. Our engineers then created the patent pending Hypertoe construction. It is a series of tapered ribs in the toe of the blade to create additional stiffness and response.
GS: The Art of Speed is the tagline Easton has been using on the new gear coming out, including the new Mako Skates. Is it safe to say the new stick line will build on the Art of Speed legacy?
MM: Speed is at the core of everything we do. In sticks we are focused on velocity. How you achieve it is to create load and release in both the shaft and blade. Everything that went into the line from patterns and flex’s to coatings and stick lengths are done to create load and release for a maximum velocity.
GS: Is it correct that the V9E will be the flagship of the new stick line or will there be another model to accompany it?
MM: The V9E and V9 will headline the VSeries. Both sticks will have the Hypertoe construction in the blade while the V9E will have the elliptical profile and the V9 will have a tapered profile.
GS: It has been cool to see various NHLers using prototype sticks this season without any logos. What can we expect with the V9E color and logo scheme?
MM: You will see those same players transition to the new look in the first round of the playoffs. We wanted them to truly feel the difference of the new construction and not be swayed by graphics. The response we got was great in terms of a noticeable performance advantage.
GS: Will the VSeries carry the matte look that the Stealth line has popularized?
MM: They will, we have also added a textured shaft coating that goes along with it.
GS: In addition to the elliptical profile on the V9E will there also be a model with a traditional taper too?
MM: The VSeries will include a V9E, V5E and V1E with an elliptical profile as well as a V9, V7 and V3 with a tapered profile.
GS: What’s your favorite feature or addition about the new line?
MM: We have added a new pattern to our line, the E36. It is a lie 5 mid curve with a dual lie and slightly open face. Like the E28, this pattern forces your hands in the correct position in front of the puck while positioning the heel slightly off the ice in order to load the blade. The junior version has been engineered specifically for younger players with the curve slightly towards the toe to provide better control. So far the reception to this pattern has been phenomenal with players.