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Bernier Debuts Retro Leafs Gear at Goalie Summit

Bernier Debuts Retro Leafs Gear at Goalie Summit

Jonathan Bernier Toronto Maple Leafs MAsk and Gear-7Jonathan Bernier now has a new look to go with his new team.

The new Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender debuted a freshly painted mask and retro-themed pads at the Reebok CCM Goalie Summit on Tuesday in Montreal. Bernier’s new CCM Retro-Flex Pro pads feature the vertical stitching goalies have been waiting for since the new CCM line debuted last season – only his have been done in Maple Leafs blue.

“Obviously it’s the first time I’ve seen my gear with the original-six blue, and with the retro look it looks pretty good,” said Bernier, who placed an order for a tan retro set for this season’s Winter Classic shortly after arriving. “I haven’t worn blue pants since junior. It’s going to be a great challenge for me this year, I’m going in there and hopefully taking the No.1 job.”

Bernier, who lives close – and is a regular summer visitor – to the famed factory of Reebok and CCM equipment designers Michel and Patrick Lefevre, has tweaked his pad slightly with one of the new, tighter leg channel options CCM will offer in the new line for 2014. Look more on that, and other exciting new products from Tuesday’s Goalie Summit in future editions of InGoal Magazine.

InGoal enjoyed exclusive behind-the-scenes access at the Reebok CCM Goalie Summit, which also included brand new CCM masks for all four participants: Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Colorado Avalanche, defending Stanley Cup champion Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks, and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The one-day, invitation-only event also marked the debut of Reebok’s new pad – no, goalies, it is not the P5; we’ll give you the new name and reason for it later today – as well as new looks and options for the CCM Extreme-Flex equipment line.

The Reebok CCM Goalie Summit was also the first time all four NHL goalies saw their new, smaller pads. All four sets came straight from the NHL offices in Toronto, where Kay Whitmore had measured them to make sure they met the new guidelines, which InGoal was the first to report in mid-July: a 10 per cent reduction in the height of the pad above the knee, or about two inches for the average goalie.

Look for more photos of Bernier’s new CCM mask, which was painted once again by Swedish artist David Gunnarsson of DaveArt, later today, as well as more information on some of the new equipment throughout the day. In the meantime, enjoy these sneak peaks (and please note the pad graphics are changing, with “Retro-Flex” moved to the side of the pad, and only “CCM” on the knee rolls):

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About The Author

Kevin Woodley is a rec-league target and former contributing editor of the Goalie News magazine. He has written about the Vancouver Canucks and NHL for The Associated Press, USA Today, Sports Illustrated and The Hockey News for the last decade, and covered the 2010 Olympics for The AP.

20 Comments

  1. I’m torn on the vertical stitching for vertical stitching’s sake. It looks nice from far away but close up, it never looks particularly great when you can see the Jenpro floating off the foam face independently of the stitching.

    I also wish that CCM used their old block logo on the RetroFlex pads. That would have sealed the deal for a lot of people I think.

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    • i agree with JC how badass would it have been if they put the retro ccm logo honestly im dying to see what it would look like and im hoping that someone sees this and tells someone who tells someone who tells another person and eventually it is added to the pad, then ill buy them!

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    • The retro CCM logo, would make this set a million times better. Also, I dislike the upside down logo on the trapper. Looks ridiculous. I hope they rectify that.

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  2. If that mask doesn’t name him the lion i don’t kow what will

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  3. Personally, I prefer this graphic over the E-Flex graphic.

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  4. Does anyone have any idea if CCM / Reebok will release a normal cats eye cage for the pro mask?

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    • Go to a local Hockey Shop and I and ask for them to make you a custom cage, I got one done for $35

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  5. As someone who first played hockey in 1961 , seeing the CCM brand is so sweet! It just so happens my son will probably outgrow his current pads sometime this season. Can’t wait to go pad shopping. Need to see more mask images ASAP.

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  6. The only complaint I have is the Retro Flex Pro logo on the face of the pad.

    Other than that, I love the look.

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    • “(and please note the pad graphics are changing, with “Retro-Flex” moved to the side of the pad, and only “CCM” on the knee rolls)”

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  7. Agree with James, I like the look just get rid of the Pro Flex logos

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  8. Bernier’s gear looks great! Hope he does well for the Leafs. GO KINGS!

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  9. ProBably another bUst,,,,

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  10. The vertical (for some of us who are old enough to remember) stitching is to represent the old style pads . Take a look at the pads from the 70’s and such. Thats why they call them “retro”. Hope the two youngsters can push each other in good competition. It would be great for the leafs. One only knows they need it.

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  11. i agree with JC how badass would it have been if they put the retro ccm logo honestly im dying to see what it would look like and im hoping that someone sees this and tells someone who tells someone who tells another person and eventually it is added to the pad, then ill buy them!

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  12. I really think goalies want old and new so what I thing is you can have a choice for the older Style or the newer one

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  13. When will these be released to the public? Wanna custom set so bad

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  14. These become available to the public in April, a local store called the goalie crease where I live has a set of these Bernier pads game used and lemme tell you they are SWEET, cant wait to hopefully get a pair

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  15. I love these pads but I cant seem to find them any where I would love to buy the same ones. Does anyone know where I could find these pads?

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    • They won’t be available until the Spring Chris – stay tuned!

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