Drafted near the end of the sixth round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings, Pavel “The Magic Man” Datsyuk would become one of the greatest draft steals in NHL history. Undersized and often overlooked early in his career, Datsyuk would become a 2x Stanley Cup champion, 4x Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner, 3x Frank J. Selke Trophy winner and was selected as one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in 2017. Not bad for a player that was only seen by one NHL scout before being drafted!
In his 2001 rookie debut, Datsyuk was seen using an Innovative stick, Easton gloves, Tackla pants, Bauer Vapor skates & a Bauer helmet while skating on a line with Brett Hull and Boyd Devereaux. During his first three NHL seasons he would put up respectable point totals, but it wasn’t until after the 2004-05 NHL lockout season when Datsyuk truly broke out as an elite player in the NHL.
In 2006-07, Datsyuk would change his gear to Reebok – helping them debut the infamous “O-Stick” with a set of holes near the bottom of the shaft. While the “O-Stick” didn’t last very long, Datsyuk continued to use Reebok gear for several more years. When he notched his 700th point during the 2011-12 NHL season, he was using the following: Reebok Ai9 stick, Reebok 4-Roll Pro gloves, Reebok pants, Reebok 11K skates and a Reebok 8K helmet.
In 2015, the Reebok name would begin to be phased out in favor of CCM. As a result, Datsyuk played the final year of his NHL career with a CCM Ultra Tacks stick, CCM 4-Roll gloves, CCM pants, CCM Jetspeed skates and a CCM FitLite 80 helmet.