Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy has introduced a new line of hockey equipment, designed purposely to make younger players have a better understanding of the game.
The new line is named Phantom Edge and is produced by Bauer. The key piece in the collection is a goalie stick that features a stick length of 56”-63” (142.2-160 cm), blade length of 15”-15.5” (38.1-39.4 cm), blade height between 3.5”-4” (88.9-101.6 mm), and shaft depth of . 88”-1.13” (22.4-28.7 mm). The defining characteristic is that the blade has a 6″ wide and 3″ high hole in it.
“That’s big enough for all kinds of pucks to pass right through it”, said Vasilevskiy. “It’s almost impossible to stop any shots whatsoever with it.”
Chance Clasters, a goalie with the Clearwater Ice Storm Banta AA team used the stick recently during a scrimmage and was frustrated with the results.
“This thing sucks. Everything was going in”, he said. “What am I supposed to learn from this?”
Vasilevskiy skated over to him, put his hand on his shoulder, leaned down and said, “You’re supposed to learn that playing goalie is hard and that I’m better than you will ever hope to be, bitch.”
The Phantom Edge stick is available at all Tampa Bay Area sporting goods stores and retails for around $875 each.