NHL 3 Stars of the Week - ending Oct 6/19 - Gear Review


Brandon at IW Hockey
Staff member
It is a brand new season and players are hungry to start off strong heading into the 2019-2020 NHL season. Congratulations to the Blues for their franchises first Stanley Cup! We have seen a number of new products come out over the summer, so I'm interested in seeing what gear players are rocking right now.

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It was a busy first week and a few teams were on fire and tallied up win after win; Edmonton, Carolina, Buffalo, Colorado, and Boston. With the week ending, however, none of the first 3 stars came from those teams. Mika Zibanejad, New York Ranger's centermen, Detroit Red Wings right wing Anthony Mantha, and Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs center, were named the NHL's first "Three Stars", respectively.


Taking the very first NHL Star of the new campaign is Mika Zibanejad, who came out of the week with an NHL high of 4 goals, 4 assists, racking in 4 points in both of his only two games. The last player to have 4 or more points in their first two games was John Cullen with the Pittsburgh Penguins back in the 1990-91 season. A true Bauer guy from head to toe, we can see him use the Re-Akt 95 helmet, which is packed with Bauer's elite level protective foams and offers amazing comfort and adjustability. His mitts are the Supreme 1S, providing that contoured fit profile for a ton of responsiveness and stick control. Scoring his 4 goals using the 1X Lite Stick, I'm curious if he will be switching over the new Vapor Flylite anytime soon, which is now the lightest and quickest releasing Vapor stick Bauer has ever released. Finishing off Mika's kit are the Supreme 2S Pro hockey skates, offering one of the most efficient and effective strides on the market.


Helping to guide the Wings to a 2-0-0 start was Anthony Mantha, who was tied in the league with five goals and came behind Zibanejad with 7 points (5g, 2a). Mantha sniped 4 goals to help seal their victory against the Dallas Stars on Oct 6. The last Red Wing to score 4 or more goals in the team's home opener was John Sorrell, way back in the 1933-34 season, and Mantha is also the first Red Wing to score 4 goals since Franzen back in Feb of 2011. Mantha's kit consists mainly of Warrior, who is making a big step into the NHL locker room. The Warrior Covert PX+ Helmet, which Mantha uses, features an extremely lightweight construction that boasts some excellent protection to heavy impacts. Around his hands are Warrior's Covert QR Edge Glove's which boast the Axyflex cuff that allows the wrists to obtain a full range of motion while maintaining proper coverage. He's also rocking shot blockers on the backhand for better protection against pucks and slashes. His weapon of choice is the Warrior Covert QR Edge Stick, continuing his loyalty to the Covert line. It features a tapered design that increases shot release and improves accuracy for sniping water bottles. Branching away from both CCM and Bauer, Anthony can be seen rocking True Hockey Skates.

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Matthews has consistently scored at least one goal in his first four season openers since joining the league in 2016. He joined Mantha this week with 5 goals and is the NHL's third star of the week. He is a natural-born scorer and is third amongst NHL players for most goals scored since 2016. Once the face of Bauer, Auston has made the transition over to CCM Hockey. Up top, CCM's Tacks 710 Helmet provides him with elite protection by the use of nine D30 Lite temple foam pads. Paired with liquid-filled bladders, the Tacks 710 offers protection to hits coming in from every angle that players might receive. Matthews seems to be enjoying the comfort and mobility found in CCM's Jetspeed FT1 hockey gloves and versatile shooting power from the Jetspeed FT2 stick. CCM's newest stick offers players a hybrid kick-point, adjusting to hand placement and being able to fire off a deadly accurate shot in any situation. Powering his strides and cross-overs are CCM's Jetspeed FT2 skates, boasting a true one-piece boot that excels energy transfer, reduces weight, and provides a better fit right out of the box.

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