Tuukka Rask has no problem staring down the National Hockey League’s top shooters.
Choosing the colours and patterns for his new set of Vaughn pads and gloves for the Boston Bruins’ upcoming season, however, has proven a bit more difficult.
So Rask, whose new $56-million contract extension ensures he will top the NHL goaltending pay list when the season starts in less than two months, is turning to his fans for help.
Thanks to the magic of social media and the good folks at Vaughn Custom Sports, you can help choose the look of Rask’s next set. And while the differences, like the use of colour itself, in the five options, are subtle – Rask clearly wants to maintain the predominately (and dominant) mostly white trend of last season – the responsibility is still great.
So head on over to the Vaughn Facebook Page and vote for which of the five options you prefer by adding a “like” to the one you want Rask to wear, and piping up with the reasons why in the comment section below. But hurry, now that the NHL and NHL Players’ Association have finally agreed on the new pad height rules for next season, the big companies like Vaughn have already started cranking out new gear.
As for other gear preferences, Rask discusses how his gear plays into his style in the next issue of InGoal Magazine, but wears a VPG 7600 Velocity pad, the B 7600 blocker, and a T 8800 trapper. (For more on the various Velocity options, including how all the different glove models fit and catch differently, be sure to re-visit the InGoal Magazine review of the Vaughn V5 line from last summer’s edition). Only the colours change, and this year you can help decide them.
As a teaser, here are three of the five options. Remember to go to the Vaughn Facebook Page to cast your own vote for the upcoming season: