KOHO was founded in Finland and grew to a globally recognized brand. A brand that originally started out making hockey sticks quickly grew into a leader in the goalie category in the late 70’s offering the first line of colored goalie pads in 1976. In the 1980’s KOHO landed some key goaltenders in Mike Vernon, Grant Fuhr and Billy Smith who helped grow the brand. By the 1990’s, KOHO was a world leader in the goaltender category, having some of the biggest names in the game wearing the KOHO brand. Goalies such as Felix Potvin, Arturs Irbe, Patrick Roy, Roberto Luongo and Marc Andre Fleury wore this brand proudly before being purchased by The Hockey Company by Reebok in 2004.