Bauer continues to be the No. 1 brand of choice by players in the National Hockey League, according to a league-wide assessment report of active rosters conducted by the company.
In the five major player equipment categories of skates, sticks, helmets, gloves and pants, Bauer is overwhelmingly the top brand demanded and worn by the world's most elite players. Bauer's dominant position includes 71 percent of skates, 41 percent of helmets, 34 percent of sticks, 36 percent of gloves and 37 percent of pants.
Bauer sticks are also used by four of the top five goal scorers in the league, including Alex Ovechkin (above, 32 goals) and Steven Stamkos (29 goals).
"We're proud to continue to be the No. 1 brand of choice by players in the NHL in every product category, including the stick category which continues to be a growth area for us," said Kevin Davis, President and CEO of Bauer Performance Sports. "With a shortened season, every game matters that much more, and our No. 1 position is a testament to our high-performance products and the trust players have in our brand."
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NHL makes visors mandatory
for new players
The NHL competition committee decided this week to make visors mandatory for all players entering the league, starting next season. Five owners and five players reached a consensus to grandfather in mandatory visors, which gives all current players the choice of wearing them, but all incoming players have to keep wearing them as they currently do in junior, college and European hockey.
An eye injury suffered by New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (above) in March increased the visor debate. Mathieu Schneider, the special assistant to NHL Players Association executive Donald Fehr, said more players started wearing visors after Staal's injury. Schneider, who didn't wear a visor during his career as an NHL defenseman, said no consideration was given to making visors immediately mandatory for all current players.
"I think the biggest thing is that every player coming into the league has to have previously worn one," Schneider said to The Hockey News. "And we have 70-plus percent of the guys currently wearing them in the league. Overall, it's just been a change in attitude."
The competition committee also decided to form a subcommittee to look at shrinking some goaltending equipment and other equipment alterations, including gear worn by skaters. Schneider said that committee will get together as soon as possible.
Click here to read the full story regarding mandatory use of visors from The Hockey News.
Click here to read more about the potential changes to goaltenders' equipment from InGoal Magazine.
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