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03-13-2005, 06:35 PM
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Originally Posted by _Flyers_
sponsorship, if u see in that picture he wearing bauer/nike stuff, easton makes synergy and is in major competition with them
The only time a player is FORCED to wear a certain piece of gear is when he's ENDORSING a company. Most guys can call up any big hockey manufacturer and tell the company what they want and how they want it and they will get it. Companies give the players what they want as free publicity. However, when the companies start dishing out the cash to players to ENDORSE their gear, then the players are forced to use said gear.

And no, Datsyuk was never a B/N endorser.

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