Cooperalls are a type of discontinued ice hockey equipment, which were made by hockey manufacturer Cooper. Cooperalls were invented by the late Senior Designer, Brian Heaton, who worked for Cooper Canada from 1972 to 1975.
Over the girdle is a shell, which came in two sizes: a traditional looking hockey pant (down to the knee) or a long pant (down to the ankle).
Cooperalls were worn by Philadelphia Flyers or Hartford Whalers of the National Hockey League. Both clubs wore long pant shells made by CCM called CCM Pro Paks. Following considerable criticism and concern for player safety, as they provided less friction with the ice during a fall causing players to slide more violently into the boards, the NHL banned the use of long pants in 1983. However, they remained popular in amateur hockey throughout the 1980s and the girdle and short shell design is still available from some hockey manufacturers.
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