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10 Awesome New Equipment Setups For 2015-2016

10 Awesome New Equipment Setups For 2015-2016

With the 2015-2016 NHL preseason well under way, it feels almost like Christmas morning for fans of goaltenders and the equipment that they use.

Not only is regular season NHL action close to returning, but pictures and highlights of preseason games have been pouring in. All eyes have been glued on the multitude of new masks, gloves, blockers, and pads that goaltenders are wearing. Some of the changes have been for the better, some have been worse, and others have been flat out weird.

It’s always fun and exciting to see what designs that goaltenders have chosen to begin the season with, and which brands they have chosen for each piece of gear. Let’s take a look at ten of the coolest-looking setups of the preseason so far.

#10 – Frederik Andersen – Anaheim Ducks

Frederik Andersen has always worn Reebok pads as long as he has been a professional goaltender, dating back to his days with Frolunda in Sweden. With Reebok’s phasing-out, it seems that Andersen has decided to switch to a sleek new Bauer OD1N set of equipment. A lot of goalies like to test new sets during the offseason, but it looks like Andersen will indeed begin the season with a brand new look.

#9 – Jonathan Bernier – Toronto Maple Leafs

After experimenting with a CCM E-Flex 2 design last season, Jonathan Bernier has returned to a classic CCM Retro Flex look. He wore a similar design two years ago when Retro Flex was launched, and it simply suits him better. For a mostly-white design with some blue accents, it’s a surprisingly catchy look that works especially well with the Leafs’ retro third jerseys. It’s simple, but a clean design like this is a refreshing break from some of the more overused stock graphics.

#8 – Michael Hutchinson – Winnipeg Jets

Another goaltender that has made a switch of brands is Michael Hutchinson of the Winnipeg Jets. His silver and navy blue set of CCM E-Flex 2’s were pretty unique last season, but he was spotted wearing a new set of Brian’s gear at the end of last season. Those suspicions were solidified when some pictures of him training with McGuire Goaltending showed him in a brand new set of Brian’s SubZero Pro 3’s. Early preseason shots have concluded that he’s sticking with this new set. It’s a good thing, because it works extremely well with his new mask design.

#7 – Corey Crawford – Chicago Blackhawks

For fans of black sets of gear and the brand new CCM Premier line, there is no better setup out there right now than what Corey Crawford will be wearing at home games this year. He’ll be sticking with a white set on the road, but the black home set is a sure fire crowd pleaser.

#6 – Matt O’Connor – Ottawa Senators

These aren’t the bright red pads that Matt O’Connor used with Boston University, but they’re just as neat. He’s looking to burst onto the scene after leaving school and signing with the Ottawa Senators, and this custom graphic Brian’s SubZero Pro 3 set is a great start. The traditional sock graphic combined with colour on the inside of the pad recalls memories of Scott Darling’s set at the end of the year with the Chicago Blackhawks last season. O’Connor easily earns an A+ for this design.

#5 – Scott Darling – Chicago Blackhawks

It was going to be hard to top Scott Darling’s previous set at the end of last season, but it looks like he has done it. The new Brian’s SubZero 3 stock graphic is one of the best in recent years, and Darling has taken it to the next level. Not many goaltenders use black as the base colour, for a variety of reasons, but Darling has decided to stray from the norm on this set.

#4 – Eddie Lack – Carolina Hurricanes

Eddie Lack is known for his custom designs, including even letting a fan design a set for him last season with the Vancouver Canucks. After the shock wore off when he was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes, attention immediately turned to what his new equipment would look like. Well, people shouldn’t be disappointed by this set of truly unique Brian’s G-Netik Pro II gear. After years of simple designs from their goaltenders, this will be a big change for fans in Carolina.

#3 – Malcolm Subban – Boston Bruins

Although he was recently assigned to Providence of the AHL and will begin the season there, it’s impossible to keep Malcolm Subban off this list with a setup as nice as this. Fans of Scott Darling’s Brian’s SubZero Pro 3 setup will most certainly be a fan of this one as well. There’s something to be said about the yellow-and-black look, though. It fits perfectly with the Boston Bruins colour scheme, and Subban gets bonus points because he has been rocking similar designs for a few years when he was wearing Brian’s G-Netik pads.

#2 – Ben Scrivens – Edmonton Oilers

Ben Scrivens is looking for a rebound season, and he is off to a great start with his new custom Vaughn V6 setup. He actually took the design from “The Goalie Customizer” who we ran a story about earlier in the year. He tweaked the design to his liking, and gave full props on Twitter. It’s a great thing that somebody noticed those awesome custom designs. It’s unique, and Vaughn’s execution of the design could not have been any better.

#1 – Jonas Hiller – Calgary Flames

As the only goalie in the league wearing Koho equipment, the expectations are always high for a new Jonas Hiller set. He is meticulous about technical aspect of his setup, but more importantly, about the way he looks. The Anaheim Ducks colour scheme didn’t allow him to be very creative, but ever since he has joined the Calgary Flames, it has been a colour explosion. Love it or hate it, it’s such a different look compared to anything else out there right now, and he deserves credit for that. Plus, anything that brings back memories of Roman Turek is a good thing.

About The Author

Greg Balloch

Greg Balloch is a Vancouver-based writer for InGoal Magazine, broadcaster for Sportsnet 650, and goaltending coach. His career began in Hamilton, Ontario with the Junior 'A' Hamilton Red Wings, before moving to Vancouver to cover the Canucks on the radio and work with the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL. A lifelong goaltender, he has been teaching the position for over a decade.

10 Comments

  1. Paul Ipolito

    Bernier wins the fashion show by going with “less is more” and ‘form follows function”. Everybody else goes with “butt-ugly”

  2. Larry Nearing

    I’m sick and tired of white, white, and more white. I like some colour with maybe a bit of white in the pads and gloves. I prefer Hiller’s pads from last year to this year’s pads. As for masks, I’ve always felt that simple is best. Brodeur’s mask was great, but all these masks with things painted on them that you can’t identify until you’re a few feet away look terrible IMHO.

  3. RP

    I can’t help but think that the black setups may be advantageous for goalies. Will they mask the puck when a rebound is given like players using black tape on their sticks? What about when the puck is loose against the pads when in butterfly? Time will tell, but we likely will see plays in the NHL this year where players couldn’t find the puck against the black pads.

    • Charles Pierce

      Yes wearing black pads do seem to get a whistle a little quicker when the puck is tucked under the edge. I wore black pads for almost 5 years and during a game the refs did seem to blow the play dead a little faster.

    • Lisa Huckins

      I agree on masking the puck. I wonder if it will hinder the goalie as well though.

      Time will tell

  4. matt

    Glad to see that Color is coming back into the NHL.

  5. Alex

    The pads are way to dark. Needs more white pads. Also were is Carey Prices set up.

    • Paul Ipolito

      In the locker room, getting ready for another multi-trophy season.

  6. Steve

    Black may mask the puck but it will show against the backdrop of net and boards. It helps the forwards see what is available to shoot at. Red posts, white net, black pads. Nope. Not a good idea. White pads blend in better, fool the shooter on a quick look. Don’t get me wrong, I think they look great but I say less is more. White with accents is best. And look who is thriving in the top ten….BRIANS! Love those guys. Love my SubZero Lack Editions. Best pads EVER! LOL

  7. Derek

    What about Garret Sparks pads?

    Takes you back to the Trevor Kidd days.