Brian’s Pad of the Week: Abbotsford Heat Goalie Danny Taylor
That may be true as far as the look of the plain white 35+2 Brian’s G-NETik pads that the Abbotsford Heat goaltender is sporting this season, but there are some subtle alterations.
Taylor, who is 3-1-1 with a 1.97 goals-against average and .928 save percentage while playing the most so far in a three-goalie rotation with Barry Brust and Leland Irving, did go with a stock break, which on the new G-Netiks is the softest option available (a 3-3-3 in Brian’s speak).
But as you can see from the outside of his left pad in the photo below, he did remove the outer calf wrap on his G-NETk pads, so the leather straps rest against his leg. (Goalie will also notice Taylor’s custom skate blades, which are the same Step Steel Extreme Blades that InGoal tested and reviewed in the last issue of the magazine, with the taller steel allowing goalies like Taylor to play even lower to the ice in a wider stance while still maintaining a strong push edge).
Removing the outer calf wrap also means that Taylor went with the leather strap option rather than the Smart Strap system that debuted on Brian’s Sub-Zero pads last season. The good news for the rest of us goalies is you no longer have to make the choice between the velcro based Smart Strap set up or a traditional leather strap. As InGoal Magazine detailed in the first-ever review of the G-NETik line, the pads come stock with both options, and switching back and forth between the two is a simple process.
As for the more customized option Taylor chose in removing the outer calf wrap entirely, when it comes to Brian’s nothing is off limits. In addition to the incredible custom logo graphics sported by Eddie Lack and Chris Mason, Brian’s can do pretty much any mod a goalie can imagine.
There’s a reason they are called Brian’s Custom Sports, and known as the Kings of Custom.