Four-time U.S. Olympic speedskater and former skating coach for the Chicago Blackhawks, Dave Cruikshank started MLX with the idea of creating a better hockey skate using technology that has been used in speed skates for years. Cruikshank enlisted the help of speedskating boot designer Scott Van Horne to create a lightweight, composite hockey skate that form-fits to the skater's foot while still providing superior comfort and protection. From there, MLX brought in Mario Lemieux as an investor and endorser (If you saw the Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby's first skate at Consol Engery Center in Pittsburgh, you may have noticed that Lemieux was rocking MLX skates.) Currently, NHLers Dustin Byfuglien, Sergei Gonchar, and Paul Gaustad are wearing MLX skates along with several minor leaguers including Colin Stuart (Mark Stuart's brother) and David Meckler of the Manchester Monarchs.
Naturally, the folks over at MLX wanted to expand their list of high profile endorsers... Well, I guess they could not find any high profile endorsers, so they settled for a lowly Bruins blogger. The good people at MLX sent me a free demo pair that I get to test out, review, and keep. The new MLX skates arrived today just in time for my game tonight. I "baked" them, I had them sharpened, and now I am ready to hit the ice for my rec league game with my new pair of MLX skates. I will skate on them a few times and let you know what I think of them.