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FloPoErich 02-10-2010 12:51 PM

Do any Pros use Graf skates?
 
I have seen alot of local players with Graf skates and have heard they are some of the best skates out there. However, it seems the majority of Pros use Eastons, Bauers, or Reebok skates. I was wondering why this is and if any use Grafs?

Rickety Cricket 02-10-2010 12:57 PM

I'm not sure about forwards but a lot of goalies do.

RaoulDuke2k 02-10-2010 12:58 PM

Stastny, Avery, Carcillo off the top of my head......

SouthpawTRK 02-10-2010 12:59 PM

There are a number of pros that do use Graf skates, here's a link on their website that has a comprehensive list (I'm not sure how current the list is):

http://www.grafcanada.com/hockey/pro_hockey_players.php

The following statement is on the same page of the above link:

"For a company that doesn't pay pros to use its equipment, our best endorsement is the growing list of talented hockey players who choose GRAF because they believe in our products. But you don't have to be an elite athlete to enjoy the comfort and advanced features found in every GRAF product. You just have to spend a few hours in ill-fitting, poorly made equipment to appreciate the difference science makes."

Hopefully this helps:)

Madvillain27* 02-10-2010 05:51 PM

Long list right there. But, how come Ovechkin is on that list? I'm pretty sure he uses CCM and no Graf.

Gunnar Stahl 30 02-10-2010 05:53 PM

bryce salvador from new jersey

alot of refs use them too, mostly because they are all black

most of the pros that use them use tuuk holders and not the graf cobra holders

carcillo uses them with the cobra holders though, the cobra holders arent great

leer2006 02-10-2010 06:07 PM

Spezza wears Graf's.

Hockeyfan68 02-10-2010 06:37 PM

Marco Sturm (Bruins) from Germany does and has for years and years.

One of the fastest Bruins too. As a side note i see a lot of officials in the NHL wearing Graf skates, not sure why.

http://www.shnock.com/wp-content/upl...arco-Sturm.jpg

Rob Brown 02-10-2010 06:50 PM

I use Graf's and I love them. I find that they are pretty big in minor hockey in the Greater Toronto Area and a lot of teenagers wear them. You don't see that many NHLers wearing them though, maybe it's because they aren't as big a brand as say Reebok or Bauer. They certainly don't focus the same amount on marketing.

trisgale 02-10-2010 06:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Madvillain27 (Post 23805085)
Long list right there. But, how come Ovechkin is on that list? I'm pretty sure he uses CCM and no Graf.

There is an * by his name which means he uses the Graf/Sidas footbed technology in his CCM's. Probably the Sidas custom molded footbeds.

Heat McManus 02-10-2010 08:44 PM

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Originally Posted by trisgale (Post 23807321)
There is an * by his name which means he uses the Graf/Sidas footbed technology in his CCM's. Probably the Sidas custom molded footbeds.

A LOT of the pros use the Graf footbeds. I was talking to the Graf pro-rep a year or so ago and he was telling me he was in Pittsburgh fitting one of the guys and Malkin and a few others thought the whole process was pretty cool and wanted in.

Graf does not endorse any players. They don't pay anybody to wear their skates which is a reason they're not as prevalent in the league.

timbitca 02-14-2010 06:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Gunnar Stahl 30 (Post 23805129)
bryce salvador from new jersey

alot of refs use them too, mostly because they are all black

most of the pros that use them use tuuk holders and not the graf cobra holders

carcillo uses them with the cobra holders though, the cobra holders arent great

The Cobra holders are not just bad, they're horrible... One guy on our varsity university team has Graf skates, with the Cobra holders, and they loosen up all the time, have to be tightened up every time our equipment guy sharpens them. Two weeks ago in a game he broke a blade while we were on the road, and we couldn't find a freaking replacement blade for it either, after trying both that weekends' opponents, two Jr A and one Major Junior team.

cptjeff 02-14-2010 10:51 PM

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Originally Posted by timbitca (Post 23913554)
The Cobra holders are not just bad, they're horrible... One guy on our varsity university team has Graf skates, with the Cobra holders, and they loosen up all the time, have to be tightened up every time our equipment guy sharpens them. Two weeks ago in a game he broke a blade while we were on the road, and we couldn't find a freaking replacement blade for it either, after trying both that weekends' opponents, two Jr A and one Major Junior team.

Well, the replacement blades are because most pro and semi pro teams only use one or two holder models at all- usually the Tuuk LS2 and Custom plus. It's to simplify finding replacement steel and such. Junior A and Major Junior wouldn't have any around. A well equipped hockey shop probably would.

As for loosening up, loctite fixes that with minimal effort.

Jarick 02-15-2010 12:24 AM

The footbeds look amazing...tons of guys in them. I just got sized up for a pair of Grafs and am putting money away for them...my boot is way too wide in the heel and mid-foot so it just rolls around. Between a smaller tighter boot and those footbeds, I really can't wait to feel what it's like to get a skate that truly fits.

evilstanley 02-23-2010 08:38 AM

took about 10-12 hours of breaking them in (did it the hard way)
lotta blisters---

best pair of skates ive ever had

Rob Brown 02-23-2010 08:58 AM

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Originally Posted by evilstanley (Post 24065535)
took about 10-12 hours of breaking them in (did it the hard way)
lotta blisters---

best pair of skates ive ever had

It really took you that long to break them in? Did you get them heated/molded to your feet? I did it and honestly the first time I used them they felt fine. And I agree with you, they are the best skates I've ever had. I've tried Eastons, Bauers, CCM Tacks and Graf, and my current Grafs are my favourites. I'm definitely going to get another pair once the need arises.

Landeskog 02-23-2010 10:31 AM

They seem like a very nice and good skate. i'll have to look for them at my local shop

trisgale 02-23-2010 10:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jarick (Post 23918951)
The footbeds look amazing...tons of guys in them. I just got sized up for a pair of Grafs and am putting money away for them...my boot is way too wide in the heel and mid-foot so it just rolls around. Between a smaller tighter boot and those footbeds, I really can't wait to feel what it's like to get a skate that truly fits.

I got a set of those foot beds, they are very nice makes your foot feel supported everywhere. The process is pretty brutal, I had to stand in a forward lean position with knees bent for a few minutes trying not to move much while holding some poles (like ski poles) to keep my balance, the tech told me not to use the poles to take the weight off my legs. My quadriceps were burning.

Jarick 02-23-2010 11:59 AM

I just got them on Sunday, it was a funny process, not that bad though. I do have some pretty bad pain across the forefoot, probably need to get them stretched out a bit. Otherwise they are really, really, really comfortable. Love the lower cut, love the eyelet curve, love the choice of fit to lock in the foot, love the forward pitch...just awesome.


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