Lacrosse equipment maker STX, which expanded earlier this year into hockey, is now selling ice hockey gloves and performance and recreational sticks in U.S. stores, the Baltimore company announced Monday.
"Our goal was to blur the lines between the player and equipment," said Matt Hoppe, STX senior global brand manager, of STX's efforts over the past three years to create new technologies for hockey equipment.
STX says its new "elite" gloves, the Stallion 500 and the Surgeon 500, are designed to increase performance and comfort. The Stallion 500 gives power players better mobility and protection, while the Surgeon 500 gives precision players better responsiveness, STX said.
National Hockey League player Matt Moulson, who has endorsed the STX line, is playing in the new gloves.
"This is exactly what NHL guys have been asking for," said Moulson, a Buffalo Sabres player, in a statement. "STX was able to take all of our feedback to design features like the flexible thumb and open stitching in the knuckle to make a glove that provides mobility like no other I've worn before."
STX's intermediate and beginner sticks also are in stores, in both the Stallion and Surgeon lines.
UPDATE: In the Baltimore area, the new STX lines can be found at Total Hockey and For Sports.
The 44-year-old brand and inventor of the modern lacrosse stick, which also makes equipment for field hockey and golf, had launched its elite level hockey sticks, the Stallion and Surgeon 500, in April.
In the spring, the company plans to introduce a line of protective hockey gear, including shoulder pads, elbow pads and shin guards.