Gear Reviews

Remembrance Day - History of Hockey and Those Lost to War
On November 11, Canada joins many other countries among the Commonwealth and others to celebrate our veterans and reflect on the many soldiers and people lost in conflict. For Remembrance Day, The Hockey Shop will also be taking the time to remember our fallen soldiers and the end of the Great Wars.
The Hockey Shop's Black Friday Buying Guide
The Hockey Shop has some big hockey sales this Black Friday for some of our highest-end gear. Here are just a few of our favourites that will be on sale.
Bauer AG5NT Stick Review
Bauer’s had a strong year with the release of the Mach, SYNC, and KONEKT equipment—but their mission is far from over. You’ll notice on the side of the new AG5NT hockey stick that it warns: “May Cause More Goals.” Let’s take a look at why that could be a concern for your adversary.
Labour Day - 4 Labour Movements that Shook the World of Hockey
On September 5th, Canada and the USA celebrate Labour Day, where we take the time to celebrate the many achievements of workers fighting for a better work environment. For Labour Day this year, we examine some of the biggest labour movements in hockey history.
CCM Ribcor Trigger 7 Pro Review
Hope that trigger finger is locked and loaded—the new Ribcor Trigger 7 is here to usher in the next generation of low kick hockey sticks from CCM. With improvements in the build and CCM's revamped design, Ribcor's renowned low kick and low profile have become even more prominent in this iteration.
Bauer Nexus SYNC Stick Review
Bauer's Nexus series has always been known for its incredible balance and ability to use creative tech efficiently. Successor to the highly renowned Nexus Geo, the upcoming Nexus SYNC hockey stick aims to offer you a fantastic connection between you and your stick.
TRUE Catalyst 9 Skate Review
TRUE has spent years studying skates through their previous TF series and custom skates—and now, they are in a position to provide one of the best and most highly anticipated stock skate lines for 2022. The Catalyst 9 offers TRUE’s best custom tech at an elite-level stock price and availability.
TRUE HZRDUS PX Hockey Stick Review
No stick in history has ever been this light—until now. TRUE takes “effortless” to the next level with their lightest stick yet, the HZRDUS PX. HZRDUS looks to build the legacy of both the AX line and Project X series further with incredible durability at an insanely low 345g weight.
Bauer Vapor Hyperlite Glove Review
If you were anything like me, you were likely wondering what Bauer’s Vapor Hyperlite series would look like in a glove—and how its features and focus could possibly top the highly successful 2X Pro glove series. The new Hyperlite gloves come in with everything you loved about the 2X Pro and more, with the integration of Shocklite foam, a new DuraCONNEKT palm, and brand new DCT foam.
Bauer Vapor Hyperlite Protectives Review
If your style is more evasion and less on power, then the Hyperlite gear is the perfect set for you. No longer is the Hyperlite limited to a few pieces of equipment—now, not only can you have elite-level performance with Bauer, but also that extra protection you need to breeze past the competition with confidence in their lightest, fastest, and strongest gear yet.
Bauer Supreme Mach Skate Review
Before, Ultrasonic and Hyperlite contended as Bauer’s top-of-the-line skates. Now, Bauer is ascending to their newest generation of power and speed: the Supreme Mach elite-level skate. The Mach is not just the next stepping stone—it’s the next regime.
National Indigenous Peoples Day - A History of Canadian Indigenous Peoples and Hockey
On June 21, Canada celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day—a day where we observe the summer solstice (a very important event in many aboriginal cultures) and spend some time learning about the experiences, cultures, and history of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples.
CCM Tacks AS-V Pro Gloves Review
CCM’s Tacks line is starting anew with sleek updated graphics and exceptional performance in their next A-series gloves. The new AS-V Pro player gloves combine many elite-level elements in their construction to keep your hands protected and ready to play.
CCM AS-V Pro Protectives Review
CCM’s newest chapter in the Tacks saga can be best described as refined, bold, and ambitious. With a brand new graphics palette coupled with an Anatomical Shield Design, the AS-V Pro looks to offer only the best in performance and protection.
TRUE Catalyst PX Stick Review
We said last time that TRUE is constantly raising the bar with every new stick release. Just a few months ago, they came out with their lightest stick to date, and now they’re back with an even lighter, more powerful stick than ever before. The Catalyst PX continues the legacy of both the 9X and Project X to offer better performance and increased durability.
Roller Wheel Maintenance: Swapping & Rotating Inline Skate Wheels
Inline hockey and roller skating can be great ways to keep up your training and play in the spring season. But like with all equipment, you are going to have to keep up a bit of maintenance on your skates, particularly in the wheels. Fortunately, there are strategies you can take to prolong the life of your wheels.
Flare Blades Review

There have been attempts in the past to craft new blades that would offer better glide, speed, feel, and ultimately performance. Despite possessing good potential and the right ideas, only a few of them were able to keep up with their hype and the value of traditional steel. Enter Flare Blades—over a decade of research at the University of Calgary led to the creation of revolutionary runners made with the finest Swedish steel that offer both amazing glide and bite.

Bauer Roller Hockey 2022 Skate Collection Review
The inline hockey and skating community varies greatly in terms of skill and ambition. Whether you have a passion for competitive, high-level inline hockey, are looking for some extra training, or just want to go out in the sun for some light exercise, Bauer has what you need in their newly updated Vapor roller hockey skate line.