Neil Wilkinson, Easton Air and California Cool

1991-92 Score - Neil Wilkinson
1991-92 Score – Neil Wilkinson

I’m not here to talk about Neil Wilkinson’s 460 career games in the NHL, nor am I here to talk about his induction to the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame – in the same class as Theo Fleury, no less.  I’m also not here to talk about his key role in the Minnesota North Stars’ run to the Stanley Cup Final in 1991.

I’m here to talk about the gloves he’s wearing in this picture from the San Jose Sharks inaugural season, 1991-92 (the year they went 17-58-5, not the next year when they went 11-71-2).  Those teal, black and silver Easton Airs.

If you were ten years old then, trust me, you wanted those gloves.  If you were lucky enough to have these gloves and an Easton Aluminum stick, holy shit, were you ever cool.  Look good, play good, so they say.