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I'll start with the serious part. In light of articles from the likes of Robin Lehner and Corey Hirsch, as well as the increased awareness of mental health issues, I think it's important to talk about these things. I won't get super specific out of respect for the family, but they did encourage me to make this post when I brought up the idea.
In January of this year, my girlfriend's brother took his own life at the age of 50. He was a loving, compassionate person who left behind his son, sisters, mother, niece and nephews. He lead a good life, enlisted in the Canadian Navy, was a successful accountant and also a member of the goaltending brotherhood.
Due to the distance between us and her family (about 5 hour drive across Ontario), I only met him a handful of times over the last couple of years. We were both the largely introverted types, so we never really got to talk more in depth about goaltending. He didn't play anymore and I think we were both just too timid to get into it.
Last weekend we cleaned out a storage locker of possessions and his mother and my gf asked if I would take a look at his old gear. There are a few gems, he had good taste. If all it gets is a moment to shine on these forums and then go into a donation bin, then that's great. If anyone is interested in giving any of these pieces a good home, PM me and we can work something out. Or if you've got any interesting insight on anything, please share
To temper expectations, there were no pads, skates, mask or sticks in the locker, we're not entirely sure if he had already gotten rid of them or they got taken somewhere over the years.
Jock: still functional, brand mostly rubbed off, don't recognize it.
Breezers: Brown JB900's. Probably about the equivalent of a medium in today's sizes. I can put them on easily with no jock or knee pads on and I wear XL pants. Honestly, I would still feel comfortable wearing these on the ice.
C/A: Adam's brand. Safety pin holding one panel down on the one arm, lots of straps. Surprisingly sturdy, might be suitable for pond hockey or the new spec NHL Anyone have any insight on Adam's and where they fit into gear history?
Gloves: Ok, a couple of gems here. Heaton Helite III's, 2 different colourways. Blocker is pretty worn in, all finger protection has been detached from the actual glove. Trapper has a floating T. I feel like these might be candidates for a refurb.
He was a good man who is gone too soon, and I'd give him a stick tap for his taste in gear for sure.