Coyotes’ Ekman Larsson tries out 80’s hockey gear

Oh man… that stick and those skates! Thumbs up if you used to rock this gear back in the day!

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Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman Larsson is known as one of the most efficient, smooth skating blue liners in hockey. His long skating stride and laser accurate point shot are two of the biggest strengths in his arsenal and are a big part of why he’s considered one of the best in the world. But… how much of it is the gear? The lightweight, space age skates and the composite sticks… how big of a factor do they play? Let’s find out…

The 26 year old Swede was born in 1991, making him much too young to remember some of the most iconic brands in 1980’s hockey gear including Sweden’s JOFA, Finland’s Koho and Canada’s Cooper. Being a good sport, the man they call OEL put his physical tools to the test by taking to the ice in FULL 1980’s attire from helmet to skates.

Cooper helmet, JOFA shoulder pads, Koho stick, CCM Tacks skates… it’s truly a thing of beauty. Check it out:

Man… I’d kill to know just a bit of Swedish…

Regardless, it’s clear that OEL is having a blast trying out this ancient gear. He gets going at a pretty good clip too, doesn’t seem to fear heading into the corner at top speed. And he’s picking those top corners pretty good with the old Koho! I think we can all feel his pain though when he shatters the shaft off a hard slap shot… we’ve all been there.

As fun a trip down memory lane as this is, I don’t think many of us would trade in our lighter, better performing modern gear for the old clunky stuff. No word yet on whether OEL plans on making a change for 2018-19 either…

The 6’2, 200 pound Ekman Larsson put up another stellar campaign with the Coyotes in 2017-18, scoring 14 goals and 42 points in 82 games. Of course, the Coyotes themselves had another difficult season going 29-41-12 and finishing dead last in the NHL’s Pacific Division. With his contract expiring at the end of the 2018-19 season there’s been some serious discussion about whether or not Ekman Larsson will re-sign with the club or whether he’ll test the free agency. This season will be a critical one not only for OEL himself, but for the entire Coyotes franchise.