Once I got injured I tried to play with the KOHO one-piece stick (pictured).
I practiced with it and really liked it, but I didn't feel like I knew
where I was shooting the puck. Now I've gone back to wood, but I'm not
ruling out going to the one-piece again because it's a good stick. It's
just a matter of getting used to it a little more. With the few games
left, I want to go back to something I'm used to.
This has been the first time I've used a one-piece in games.
It worked really well, actually. I scored three goals in five games. But
I missed a couple of shots I normally wouldn't, so that's why I went back
to wood for these last six games.
It's a black KOHO Torpedo stick. It's basically the same
stick, but it's wood instead of composite. I've always used that stick.
I've been using KOHO for the last 12-13 years, so that's why it's tough
to switch for me. I used the composite in practice and for all of my rehab
(from back surgery) because it's really light, but I need more time this
summer to get a feel for it.
With wood there is always a big difference with every stick.
It's never the same. With the one-piece, it's basically close to perfect
I switched this year to the Vector skates. They are really good
really stiff, almost perfect. I've always used CCM, but I wore an old
model from 7 or 8 years ago that were really heavy. These are really light.
They come out with good stuff every year, so if it's CCM, I'll wear it.
Shin Pads & Pants
I've worn the D&R Centurian since I was probably 12 or 13 years old.
I've had different sets, but always the same model. I really feel comfortable
with those on. I've worn the Jofa pants for the ten years I've been in
Chicago. They changed the cover, but they're basically the same pants
from my first game. So those two are really special.
I used to wear an older version CCM helmet, and I basically like it better.
I think I might switch back, actually.
I've been wearing KOHO or CCM as long as I can remember. I'm used to those
and I don't think I'll switch to anyone else.