Jonathan 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):