Alex Ovechkin’s CCM Skates for Winter Classic unveiled

CNBC’s Darren Rovell just posted a sneak preview of some special CCM hockey skates which Alexander Ovechkin will use in the upcoming NHL Winter Classic, and I have to say they look pretty darned sharp:

Alex Ovechkin Winter Classic hockey skate by CCM

He also said that CCM plans to put these on sale beginning in March. So what do you think? I remember when Sergei Fedorov started wearing all-white Nike skates back in the 1990′s, many fans thought they were too flashy. These takes the color and styling a bit further, but frankly, I think they look great.

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Man uses hockey stick to fight off robbers

The New Hampshire Union Leader brings us an interesting new use for a hockey stick; fending off criminals who are breaking into your car:

The homeowner ran outside and was confronted by a man believed to be about age 20, with curly dark hair, who had something in his hand and raised it toward the homeowner, [Police Lt. John] Frazier said.

The homeowner, who was not identified, told police that he picked up a hockey stick from on the ground and hit the man in the ribs, knocking him down.

Fearing the second man — described as heavy set — might try to attack him, the homeowner said he ran back into his house and called 911.

Frazier said the two burglars ran off and police did not find find them.

I actually had a similar situation like this once in college. As I stood in the doorway of my apartment late one night, I saw someone come up and try the handle on my car door a couple times (it was locked). I had my hockey stick near at hand, and while the would-be thief moved on his way for an easier target, I wonder just how surprised he would have been to see a BC Two-Hander coming his way out of the darkness!

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Hockey equipment for 100 children donated by NHLPA

A great story comes this morning out of Minnesota, courtesy of the Hockey Wilderness blog:

You have read several posts about Defending The Blue Line here in the past. We wanted to pass along some great news they have released today.

DTBL, with the help of Brent Burns and George Parros, have been granted 100 full sets of hockey gear, to be donated by the NHLPA’s Goals & Dreams fun to the children of military service members.

For many children of military families, the cost of hockey equipment puts the game out of reach, so this represents a nice step towards providing some normalcy to their lives.

To read more about this charity, head on over to Defending the Blue Line’s website.

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Where to buy hockey helmets online

Depending on where you live, your local hockey store may not have a wide enough selection, so when it comes to big-ticket items like a helmet, going online might be the best way to find the right piece of equipment. In terms of variety of youth and adult helmets from all the main suppliers (CCM, Bauer, Easton, Reebok, Mission, Cascade, etc.) you simply can’t beat the power of an online merchant.

But where are some of the best places to buy hockey helmets online? Let’s take a look…

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