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  1. 2017-2018 NHL Gear Sitings

    Maybe it's a custom Maltese? I see a stripe of lime green, and I've traditionally associated that with Maltese.
  2. Protechsport Mask Thread

    Mmmyeah, I would like to see those! And thanks for the nice wishes, everyone.
  3. Protechsport Mask Thread

    Well, I met Michel this Monday on our way out of Montréal -- what a treat. Aside from being quite excited to commission a mask, I was eager to meet Michel, ask him a few questions about his experience making masks for goalies I admired growing up, hear some stories, and just check out his working space. He was a lovely guy, someone I felt very good about working with. His measurements were all eyeballed -- he just held the shell I chose over my head a few different times, eyed some spacing, and took some notes on the fit. I went with the following setup: Mold: Brodeur Materials: Kevlar + Fiberglass Color: Glossy black, with white window under the cage Cage: White cat-eye Holes: Circular Straps: Off-white Back-plate Straps: Visible Inner padding: Black Low and behold, I was tooling around the old GSBB Protechsport thread after I arrived back in Boston, and saw that someone had the *exact* same mask... I can't remember what the username was, and I don't know if they migrated over here, but hey, I love the free preview! Michel had a lot of orders on his hands (and an enormous stack of molds that people sent him as proof), and he said I might have my mask around January. Being a realist/cynic, I'm expecting to have it by March or so -- but the wait is no problem. I'm just very happy to know that I'll have a Protechsport of my own. That's a big item for me to check off my lifetime goalie wishlist.
  4. Protechsport Mask Thread

    Looks like I'm all set to stop by his shop on Sunday for a fitting! I'm pretty excited. I've been drooling over Protechsport masks since I was a kid (whether I knew it or not). I wanted to spring for one back in 2011, but my old mask (an Olie) got absolutely demolished, and I couldn't wait for a Protechsport. So I bought a Hackva instead. But I always wanted a Protechsport, and since I started visiting goalie boards like this one and the GSBB, I've become all too aware that a craftsman like Michel won't go on making masks for ever, and that his masks are (relatively) custom to each buyer, based on the shape/sizing. So I feel like this is my chance to make an investment in my own long-term gear happiness.
  5. Best Goalie Shop in Montreal?

    Excellent, I'll write him now! Thank you, Big2 Also kind of glad that I wouldn't need to make a face mold. Sounded kind of fun, but I'm also a bit of a claustrophobe...
  6. Best Goalie Shop in Montreal?

    I posted this in the Protechsport thread, and I'll delete this whole thread once it's done, but in case someone sees it here instead/first: I was debating stopping by Michel's shop to get fitted molded for a Protechsport. I've always wanted one, and who knows how long Michel will be making them. It's one of those things that I would absolutely kick myself over if I were to lose my chance to have one. I was just in the middle of emailing him about stopping by, but I wanted to come here first and see what the protocol was. Does he work weekends? Does he create molds for customers, or is that something you're supposed to handle yourself? I just don't want to be inconsiderate and write him an email asking if I can come by and have him do a mold if that's not how things work, etc. Please let me know, thanks!
  7. Protechsport Mask Thread

    I'm going to be in Montréal this weekend, and I was debating stopping by Michel's shop to get fitted molded for a Protechsport. I've always wanted one, and who knows how long Michel will be making them. It's one of those things that I would absolutely kick myself over if I were to lose my chance to have one. I was just in the middle of emailing him about stopping by, but I wanted to come here first and see what the protocol was. Does he work weekends? Does he create molds for customers, or is that something you're supposed to handle yourself? I just don't want to be inconsiderate and write him an email asking if I can come by and have him do a mold if that's not how things work, etc. Please let me know, thanks!
  8. 2017-2018 NHL Gear Sitings

    Yeah, that's why I don't mind the 'wedge' design too much. It's nothing great, but it works. I'll take simple and boring over the overly-intricate tribal designs any day. I see your point about Bauer wanting to preserve their brand recognizability, but I might counter that potential customers would value better coloring options. While there are certainly plenty of goalies who can't recognize every brand and model in their sleep like most of us, I still think most goalies have at least some eye for detail, to the point that they could easily spot that these are Bauer pads, regardless of how uniform the graphic was. If Bauer were more concerned with brand recognition than making a great looking, highly-customizable pad, I doubt they'd put Bauer Posterboy Henry Lundqvist in a super-customized individual graphic.
  9. 2017-2018 NHL Gear Sitings

    Bauer has never been my favorite when it comes to graphics, but I think the new 2S graphic missed the mark on a whole new level. The minimalist 'wedge' design is not even the big issue -- it's not perfect, but not that bad either. But the balance of the color zones? Pretty pathetic. I mean, is there even a point to including the yellow in this set? As if the yellow streaks weren't paltry enough, they're completely obscured by the gradient/pointillist grey border. Bauer should have made the size of those color accents much bigger. They would have filled out more of the bad, and they'd allow the second color to be more visible. Now that I think of it, can one even order a dark based 2S graphic? Or is it always a white base? I'm not a big fan of the latest CCM graphics, but you have to hand it to them - the amount of possibilities with the color zones is pretty impressive, and you can get some really colorful and unique looks. Can't say they same for Bauer, very limited.
  10. Best Goalie Shop in Montreal?

    My wife may or may not have 5 different poutine locations scouted and itinerized.
  11. Best Goalie Shop in Montreal?

    Thanks Big2, that's perfect!
  12. Best Goalie Shop in Montreal?

    My wife and I are driving up to Montreal for the long weekend, and I was hoping some of you might be able to point me in the direction of a good goalie store in the area. I'm hoping to have a little down time to poke around, and since I'll have my car, I wouldn't have to worry about shipping any purchases back, etc. I know there's a Goalie Monkey in Montreal, but we have one a bit south of Boston that I've been to plenty of times. I was imaging something a little more "mom and pop", an old faithful with some cool gear. Am I just dreaming up some naive American fantasy of what a hockey store around Montreal might be like? Quite possibly... but let me know if there's a store that's worth checking out. Thanks!
  13. 2017-2018 NHL Gear Sitings

    Just for the sake of argument (this IS an internet forum), Luongo's P2 set here has a blue base, with overlaying green swooshes and white accents. But one could certainly argue that they are predominately green ;] Nicest set of Canucks pads since they started to return to this color scheme. Nicest all-time is still Kirk McLean, imho. I do agree with the others who said a small white outline would really improve Nilsson's setup.
  14. 2017-2018 NHL Gear Sitings

    I'm in the minority in thinking that they're not so bad. Don't get me wrong, they could be much better, and I think maybe they flew a little too close to the Minimalist Sun... but I'll take that over Reebok piping any day. I'm still furious the Devils messed with their perfect jerseys. The new ones aren't horrible, but they're certainly inferior. Some of the biggest losers with the new Adidas jerseys are the teams with the ties on their jerseys - which are now floating somewhere on the breastplate, completely sealed off at the top, making them truly pointless.
  15. 2017-2018 NHL Gear Sitings

    I really like plain masks and simple designs, but like, why even bother with the design on that mask? Might as well just be plain yellow.
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