Kane, Toews to wear Bauer's new line

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews will be among six NHL players to wear Bauer’s new state-of-the-art equipment line.

Bauer unveiled the new line, which is named OD1N, at the Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago on Thursday. The equipment line includes a hockey skate, a personalized protective body suit and a customized goal pad.

Bauer claims its new body suit eliminates over four pounds of weight without compromising protection, its new goal pad will allow goaltenders to get from their post to the top of the crease an inch faster and the new skate is more than half a pound lighter than any other model. Bauer CEO and president Kevin Davis described the line as game-changing.

“Today’s hockey equipment is already so good, that it’s tough to imagine that there is still another leap to make as far as technology, but that’s exactly what Bauer did,” Toews said in a statement. “As a hockey player, the last thing you want to do on the ice is worry about your equipment. With this new equipment, it’s not even an after-thought because you feel like you’re not wearing anything.”

The equipment will also be worn by the Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin and Nic Backstrom, the Philadelphia Flyers’ Claude Giroux and the New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist.