No More Practice Palm? New Glove Includes D3O
While much of the focus on the new CCM Premier line has been on the pads and scientific research used to get them to the ice faster, there is also a significant change in the new trapper.
For the first time, the Premier glove has D3O, a specially engineered impact-absorbing material exclusive to CCM in hockey, in the palm. Because D3O is so good at soaking up the force of a puck – by absorbing it, not kicking it away like a harder material might – it significantly increases the protection in each level of padding offered in the new CCM Premier trapper.
So what does that mean for goaltenders?
The company is already seeing NHL goalies change their orders since adding a three-millimeter layer of D3O to the face of the palm, one that may soon mean the end of “practice” gloves.
CCM will continue to offer three levels of protection and stiffness in the new Premier: The “Game Ready Palm” with 5/16-inch layer of felt; the “Pro Palm” with a 1/2-inch layer of felt; and the “Practice Palm” with two 5/16-inch layers.
Each model now also comes with a layer of D3O just under the surface of palm, however, which has led to NHL goalies abandoning the Practice Palms they used to use to eliminate stingers while facing hundreds of shots in practice, and replacing it with a D3O- reinfoced Pro Palm.
Some NHL goalies have even switched to a Game Ready Palm with D3O for games as a replacement for their old Pro Palm, and some retailers have followed suit, preferring the easy-to-close flex of a Game Ready Palm that includes a pre-shipping technique used to start the break-in process at the factory. Because D3O doesn’t break down or soften over time like other materials, the addition of it should make CCM’s gloves longer lasting and more protective.
Stock Premier gloves still come with a “590” break, which closes along the middle of the hand below the knuckles, with the fingers pulling in to the base of the thumb. But the Premier can also be custom ordered in a “580” break preferred by Luongo, with the fingers closing into the palm and the pocket folding over at the top, and the “600” break made popular by Price, with the fingers closing more towards the tip of the thumb, more like a baseball glove.
You can read more about the new CCM Premier glove, including how they made the pocket bigger, as part of the complete review of the Premier line in the current edition of InGoal Magazine. To learn more about D3O material, check out the video below that was also included as part of the review: