While constantly watching NHL games, I look for hockey brand logos on all of the players gear. I wonder what stick Giroux is using or seeing if anyone in the league still rocks Graf skates (0.4% by the way). The NHL is full of top level athletes who are incredibly picky when it comes to equipment. Everyone knows the four major gear companies like Bauer, CCM, Warrior, Easton, but what about those other brands that not everyone is accustomed to seeing such as STX and True Hockey? Being someone who notices every single piece of equipment on every single player once the camera gets close enough, I always wondered who the true heavyweight in the NHL was when it came to gear sales/sponsorships. By no means did I ever dream of finding out the actual statistics but I thought I knew. Bauer dominates everything right? Not so fast, the good ol’ boys over at GearGeek have something to say about that.
The wonderful fellas at GearGeek have answered the prayers of self-proclaimed gurus like myself. They have done the unthinkable and mapped out almost seven hundred active players in the NHL and can tell you almost head to toe the brands of gear they use. They specialize in the knowledge of sticks, gloves, pants, skates, and helmets. But it doesn’t stop there, these beauties at GearGeek even pinpoint the exact models of each piece of equipment. They even have pie charts that are easy enough for a fourth line grinder to read.
Not only do they tell you what brands hold which percent of the market, but they also give you a top three segment of the most popular model used in that particular gear classification. For example, they show you that the most worn skate in the NHL is the ever popular Bauer Vapor 1X. Shockingly, the Warrior Alpha QX is the most popular stick according to GearGeek at 15.8% of the active NHL players they have data for. Here is a little peak at what these guys have to offer on their extremely clean looking and easy to navigate website.
This website not only shows you everything you need to know about your favorite gear brands and the players that wear them, but it breaks it down in a very understandable fashion for anyone to interpret. Foe example, I was blown away due to the fact that I had no idea how much of the NHL market has been taken over by the studs at CCM. For the longest time I thought there was no competition with Bauer but thankfully the guys at GearGeek have done an A+ job of digging for data and information to accurately inform people of who holds the crown for most popular gear. Also, you can see how much Easton has fallen off from the so called, “big four”. Now a days it is more like Three’s Company.
Lastly, the most exciting thing that I have found on their website is the stat leaders tab. This can truly show you what the absolute studs are using to find the twine. It is an up to date portion of the website that has multiple statistical categories such as goals, assists, and points. It shows you league leaders and then shows you the different brands and models of equipment they wear, ultimately leading you to find out what the best of the best compete on a nightly basis with.
This website has completely blown me away. Not only do they have an abundance of accurate information on hundreds of active NHL guys, but they organize it in the most user friendly fashion. I would say stick tap for the people working over at GearGeek but I don’t feel like that would do them justice. More like a front row, glass smashing, Molson chugging, celebration for the one and only NHL Player Equipment Database. Go check out the folks over at GearGeek and see what NHL player you are most like. I apparently am Nick Leddy to a T. Never would have known it without GearGeek!
You can check out the boys of GearGeek at http://www.geargeek.com !