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11-05-2009, 03:57 PM
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Whatever happened to Cooper?

I've been away from hockey for a while. Back when I played Cooper was a big manufacturer of hockey equipment. Now looking around this site and seeing the list of hockey manufacturers, I don't see Cooper anywhere. What happened?

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Bauer bought them out in the late 80s/early 90s.

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I've been away from hockey for a while. Back when I played Cooper was a big manufacturer of hockey equipment. Now looking around this site and seeing the list of hockey manufacturers, I don't see Cooper anywhere. What happened?
Cooper was bought by Bauer almost 20 years ago, and it wasn't too long after Nike acquired Bauer in '94 that the Cooper name was dropped. You can still occasionally find new Cooper equipment, but it's 15+ years old.

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Interesting. I never heard that. So did Bauer improve the quality of the equipment?

Did Nike really have a big influence? or were they mainly just for name?

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Used to get Cooper stuff at Canadian Tire, up till last year i think.

I still use Cooper shinners and shoulders.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooper_Canada_Ltd.

Found this on wikipedia.

Anyone who played in the 80's probably wore some kind of Cooper gear. The stitching on my Cooper shoulder pads from high school finally started to come apart two years ago. Those pads were so thin and allowed so much mobility. So I finally broke down and got all new equipment which included a pair of Bauer shoulder pads. I felt like I was playing football again. As a result, now I wear no shoulder pads in beer league. I swear I'm gonna get me a pair of Farrells one of these days. And I think Sherwood puts out a thin pair, but I'm not sure of the model.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooper_Canada_Ltd.

Found this on wikipedia.

Anyone who played in the 80's probably wore some kind of Cooper gear. The stitching on my Cooper shoulder pads from high school finally started to come apart two years ago. Those pads were so thin and allowed so much mobility. So I finally broke down and got all new equipment which included a pair of Bauer shoulder pads. I felt like I was playing football again. As a result, now I wear no shoulder pads in beer league. I swear I'm gonna get me a pair of Farrells one of these days. And I think Sherwood puts out a thin pair, but I'm not sure of the model.
Yah, thast why i love Cooper. Koho and Winnwell make really thin shoulders too. Both at Canadian tire for like 20 bucks.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooper_Canada_Ltd.

Found this on wikipedia.

Anyone who played in the 80's probably wore some kind of Cooper gear. The stitching on my Cooper shoulder pads from high school finally started to come apart two years ago. Those pads were so thin and allowed so much mobility. So I finally broke down and got all new equipment which included a pair of Bauer shoulder pads. I felt like I was playing football again. As a result, now I wear no shoulder pads in beer league. I swear I'm gonna get me a pair of Farrells one of these days. And I think Sherwood puts out a thin pair, but I'm not sure of the model.
Totally agree on the shoulder pads. I recently got a newer pair, Reebok I think, and they are way too bulky, they're light, but they're bulky and I don't like them. I have an old Cooper pair that I went back to but unfortunately they are about to fall apart. I noticed that Nike/Bauer of a pair of what they call Classic that look about the same. Does anyway know if they are thin and light?

This should be the link to them -
http://www.hockeygiant.com/nbhsupclscspsr.html

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You can still find Coopers on ebay and sometimes in great shape too.

Vtg Hockey Cooper SB 60D Shoulder Pads Large

vintage Cooper SB60D hockey shoulder pads senior mens

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Used to get Cooper stuff at Canadian Tire, up till last year i think.

I still use Cooper shinners and shoulders.
I bought the Cooper SP34 shoulder pads last year at Canadian Tire, and saw this week that they still have some in the store. I bought them to replace my old Cooper SB95 shoulder pads that were falling apart.

Cooper Classic Shoulder Pad at Canadian Tire

For some reason, they have a picture of similar Sherwood pads but the ones in the store still say Cooper.

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k so quick question, I always hear about "Canadian Tire"....thats a tire store right? Cause man, if yall can pickup hockey gear at a tire store thats just awesome and insane.

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k so quick question, I always hear about "Canadian Tire"....thats a tire store right? Cause man, if yall can pickup hockey gear at a tire store thats just awesome and insane.
LOL Canadian Tire is much more than a tire shop -> http://www.canadiantire.ca

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Crappy Tire started as a tire shop and expanded into a high priced K-mart with limited toys for kids and no clothing.

It's good for picking up low - mid range sporting goods quick in a pinch.

The funny thing about them is that they actually print there own money.

was it cooperalls that happened to cooper?



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I bought the Cooper SP34 shoulder pads last year at Canadian Tire, and saw this week that they still have some in the store. I bought them to replace my old Cooper SB95 shoulder pads that were falling apart.

Cooper Classic Shoulder Pad at Canadian Tire

For some reason, they have a picture of similar Sherwood pads but the ones in the store still say Cooper.
Yah thats what i have the SP34 love em.

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Yah thats what i have the SP34 love em.
I have the sherwood something like the cooper shoulders but I had to get jofa / RBK 3k because the sherwoods would get drenched with sweat, water and weigh a ton. the Jofa / RBK 3k are made out of modern foam and dose not load up with liquid.

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I have heard nothing but great things about the Koho and Winnwell (comp-xt) shoulders.

How much do those Jofa's run ya?

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I have heard nothing but great things about the Koho and Winnwell (comp-xt) shoulders.

How much do those Jofa's run ya?
$35 CAD at National sports in Pickering. I heard good things about the Winnwell too but after I got the Jofa. The price of the winnwell XT was twice what I paid for the jofa at the time.

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