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Guys, I feel obligated to share my personal Brian Heaton Story. I am currently the Director of Goaltender Development for a Private Hockey Training Center (9 years running, 3 locations), a boys V

My new set of Brians gear, mid to late 80's. Yeah, it's a hokey pose when compared to a hockey pose. 

Cool thread - I love Brian Heaton and so much of his gear. I never had much Heaton gear as a younger guy (aside from the sticks, which is all I used). Heaton gear - particularly Brodeur models - was s

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On 11/10/2019 at 1:43 PM, Naz said:

Yes, 4700 was the Senior version.  You can see the SR tag in one of your photos.

Also, as you alluded to, the H% logo is heat transferred.  As seen in the attached photo, the Pro version had the full H5 rubberized logo.

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It’s funny how in those days the lower end model had heat transfer logos while the pro had rubber and stitched logos. Today it would be sold as a weight reduction advantage to use heat transfer and they’d charge double. 

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8 hours ago, MTH said:

Man, I don't know. Zoom in on this picture on eBay. Looks like the Heaton logo for sure. Why can't I find a side shot of thse pads??

https://www.ebay.com/itm/GREG-STEFAN-1986-AUTOGRAPHED-DETROIT-RED-WINGS-LITTLE-CAESARS-POSTCARD-/351782699284

I think the logos may be attached to Aeroflex/Winlite pads. How about that? The top logo looks loose. Like it was glued on and peeling off.

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Heaton logo for sure:

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That’s the rub. I swore I saw a Heaton logo. I know Heaton never offered a Nylon-faced pad, but these had a few extra funky details, including what looks like Jenpro shin rolls. 

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Going waaaay back to ...early 80's maybe? Brian had a workshop in the back of Sonny's sport shop in Kingsville. He had a pair of pads he let someone use to try out. Maybe Windsor Spitfires? Not sure. Anyway he sold me those pads for 400$ . Back then it seemed like a lot of money.  They were plain brown...no colors..very plain looking, but wore extremely well. I think they were probably in the first few dozen pads he made for sale. Unfortunately,  they were stolen years later...even though they were quite old and tattered at that point.

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On 6/11/2019 at 1:59 AM, Chopski said:

Guys, I feel obligated to share my personal Brian Heaton Story.

I am currently the Director of Goaltender Development for a Private Hockey Training Center (9 years running, 3 locations), a boys Varsity Hockey Goalie Coach (also 9 years running with currently 1 NHL draft pick & 1 signed), & I also work for a major equipment manufacturer (not Brian's). In other words, when I heard about the man, myth & legend of Brian Heaton, that's what I always wanted to do. I'm blessed to have made a career out of this sport, without going any further than college hockey in a small town tending net.

I got to meet Brian at the Hockey Expo in St. Paul, MN in the early 2000's. He spent HOURS talking to me. Attached is the sticker that I proudly wear on my skull plate in his remembrance (see pic). Yes, my mask was made by Jerry Wright (but I have hidden Mr. Wright's contact info).

Brian literally changed the game for us goalies. Growing up in the late 80's & early 90's, seeing the custom creations of Sean Burke, Trevor Kidd, Jim Carey, Guy Hebert, Olaf Kolzig, etc. just to name a few. They looked SO COOL compared to the rest of them. Truly custom.

Yes, I wore Brian's/ & Heaton for my entire goalie career (head to toe). I LOVED my puckfoils in high school & college. He was truly a visionary & someone that even to this day I strive to become!!

Cheers!

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wish I still had mine it was on my Stacy mask that I sold

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