Blake Wheeler loves him some CCM skates
|09.21.10 at 3:20 pm ET|
There’s been a lot of hockey equipment talk coming from the Bruins over the last few days. The Joe Colborne neck guard post was supposed to be the lone tune of its genre played at this dance, but Blake Wheeler spoke at length Tuesday about switching up his skate of choice as he enters the 2010-11 season. After feeling that his second season in Boston featured more trouble turning and getting out of stops than usual, he’s sporting a new pair of CCMs this training camp.
“I had worn CCM skates my entire life,” Wheeler said Tuesday. “I gave Bauers a shot last year, and I don’t know, they didn’t really work out as well as I would have liked. It’s a great product, a great skate, and for me, I guess the best fit was [CCM].
“I feel different,” he added. “I feel a lot better out there and just a lot quicker and a lot more like myself. I’m able to make a little bit more one-on-one moves, be a little more effective.”
Wheeler said that he didn’t consider a change back to CCM during his sophomore season, nothing that “nothing felt wrong” for the most part during games, but that he did feel hindered in “crucial spots” when needing a burst in attempt to chase a puck or create a turnover.
“It was very frustrating for me,” Wheeler said. “I couldn’t really pinpoint it and once I threw these on this summer, I felt it right away. It was good to get that behind me.”
Though he’s glad to be back with CCM, Wheeler didn’t knock the Bauer product, likening the preference to one’s choice of shoe.
“It’s like anything else,” he said. “Some guys like Nike shoes, some like Adidas. It is what it is.”