Gear Choices Help Keep Sabres Sharp
Buffalo’s NHL entry might have struggled on the ice this year — the Sabres recently finished their seventh straight season of missing the playoffs — but their fans continue to demonstrate top-tier support. The Sabres were a fixture in the top half of the league in home attendance.
Fans that devoted want to know what equipment their favorite players use. GearGeek.com is the place to find out how all the Sabres roll.
Who Used What?
Granted, the Sabres were a team in flux. While their fans spent much of February wondering whether Evander Kane would make it through the Feb. 26 trade deadline, or if Jack Eichel could recover from his ankle sprain by the end of the season, GearGeek kept track of the sticks, skates, gloves, helmets and more that were moving through the dressing room.
Here’s the gear the Sabres favored:
Sticks: Buffalo loved Bauer. Nearly half the team (52.4 percent) used a Bauer blade, with four — Benoit Pouliot, Josh Gorges, Scott Wilson and Viktor Antipin — using the Bauer Vapor 1X Lite. It must be fairly versatile, as that group included a winger, two defensemen and a center. This, by the way, is the only equipment category in which a company other than Bauer, CCM or Warrior shows up; Easton’s Stealth CX was wielded by Jacob Josefson and Kyle Okposo.
Gloves: Four players wore CCM’s CL Pro, making it the most popular glove on the team. Warrior, too, made a good showing, with three models — the Dynasty AX1, Alpha QX and Covert QR1 — combining to account for nearly 29 percent of the roster’s hand wear. Still, Bauer again had a robust 38.1 percent of the squad, with three players each wearing the Supreme 1S and the Vapor 1X.
Skates: The Bauer Supreme 1S may not have been the most popular skate in the league — according to GearGeek, it’s No. 2 — but it was tied for the most popular skate among the Sabres, five of whom wear it. Five also wore the Bauer Vapor 1X 2.0, which is the league’s most popular skate, and three wore the NHL’s No. 3 boot, the Bauer Vapor 1X.
Helmets: CCM had the most popular brain bucket in the Vector VO8, worn by 10 players on the team. Bauer had the rest of the squad, split between the Re-Akt, the Re-Akt 100, and the 4500.
Pants: Bauer checked in with 61.9 percent of the team’s bloomer business, CCM had 28.6 percent, and Warrior 9.5 percent.
Author bio: AJ Lee is Marketing Coordinator for Pro Stock Hockey, an online resource for authentic pro stock hockey equipment. He was born and raised in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, and has been a huge Blackhawks fan his entire life. AJ picked up his first hockey stick at age 3, and hasn’t put it down yet.
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