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#987825 Hockey Furniture

Posted by Law Goalie on 19 December 2013 - 07:32 AM

Drill first; use machine screws rather than wood screws.  If you really need a solid hold, or can't put a nut on the opposite side, put a wood plug into the shaft and screw into that.  Epoxy is also your friend.

#987528 2013-2014 Goalie Gear Sightings

Posted by Law Goalie on 16 December 2013 - 06:43 AM

Snowmen: no five-holes...

#987439 'AAA' Hockey

Posted by Law Goalie on 15 December 2013 - 09:29 AM

Looking at the replies so far, I'd say they reflect the advantages of AAA pretty well.


If you're looking to move up the hockey ladder, it can be an effective promotional tool.  However, I'd suggest that it's only a really strong promoter in Bantam and Midget.  It's not that Peewees don't get noticed, but that there are so many years between that notice and any chance of actual higher-level success that it's basically irrelevant.



If your friends (or, from a different perspective, your kid's friends) all make the jump to AAA simultaneously, that can be a good reason as well, provided it's not a financial or temporal hardship.


If you want to do it for fun and cool tracksuits, and money's no problem, that's fine as well.  My only caution beyond money would be time: how much time are you going to fritter away in transit and in lobbies (of airports, arenas, hotels, whatever) that could have been better spent elsewhere?



The irony is that you'd probably have *more* time (and money) for skills coaching if you stayed local and played AA through Peewee, even though the institutional emphasis on it would be higher in AAA.


As others have said, some of it has to do with geography.  Playing AAA in a major metropolitan centre is a lot less taxing on your time than playing in a geographically distributed league.


Slipping into my red outfit for a moment, I played AAA from Atom up as a starting goalie, and it was by and large a gigantic waste of time.  Now, I was probably among the last goalies to go through the system with A) no goalie coach, and B) absolutely no consideration from the coaches, but even had they gone out and hired Mitch Korn away from Miami, I doubt it would have changed the situation.  The focus on 'performance' and 'competition' was simply too high too early.  Because I had no difficulty being a dominant goalie in those early years, and because I was told, over and over, that all I had to do was give my team a chance to win, I became the most lazy, complacent little shit you can imagine, and I wasn't the only one.  I would have been far, far better off *in hockey* (let alone in life) keeping my time and investing it elsewhere: goalie and skating coaching, other sports for a broader athletic base, more study both of the game and the moonbeams from the larger lunacies, etc., etc.


The great lie of AAA is that competition is development.  It's not.  *Some* competition is helpful and even necessary for *some* kinds of development, or rather development in some respects.  That said, I have yet to see anyone advance a plausible reason for the existence of AAA hockey in Atom and Peewee as a development tool, or any evidence that it works, or is even less harmful on the whole; conversely, I've seen a good deal to suggest that starting AAA in Bantam would be enormously positive on the whole.


I will also say that the general atmosphere of AAA hockey was, at that time in my life, rather poisonous.  As a parent, I would think long and hard about putting my kid into that circus before his/her character was well-formed, and be sure it was well-suited to that environment.  Now, having said that, I have seen some evidence at younger ages of Toronto's AAA scene becoming almost civilised (with the exception of the N54 message boards, which is where the spleens get vented), though that may be coming from a privileged perspective.

#987349 Hockey Furniture

Posted by Law Goalie on 14 December 2013 - 11:10 AM

Love the mirror, and it's given me an idea for reconstructing my on-ice mirror (for goalies to observe stance and movement immediately).


I'll have to post my other on-ice props when I have a minute at the rink.  I just finished a 'carwash' screen using broken shafts, and I'm about to do a 'Chara board' screener, although that's going to take a ton of cutting.

#987136 Show it Off

Posted by Law Goalie on 12 December 2013 - 09:56 AM

Love those colors.


You would!  :laugh:

#987132 switching back to wood

Posted by Law Goalie on 12 December 2013 - 09:42 AM

If you want to add weight to a shaft/blade *and* make it more durable, just fill it (or have it filled) with urethane foam.  That's what goalie companies do with foam-core paddles (both wood and composite), and it works just fine, though it will mess up the flex of the stick (read: stiffen it unpredictably).


Alternatively, for weight alone, just push a block of silly putty in to the point at which you want to add weight.


There's been a suggestion from someone who would know (makes masks, boats, and planes out of composites) that even two more layers of fibreglass on a shaft at key points would dramatically reduce breakage from shots and slashes, so you might be able to add a little sleeve or slash-guard yourself.

#987021 Hockey Science fair project

Posted by Law Goalie on 11 December 2013 - 06:37 AM


Edit: I just talked to my mom. Apparently we need something cheaper. So Back To The Drawing Board;)


If you want to go *really* cheap, you could do a 'What does hockey tape do?' experiment.  To most hockey players the answer is obvious, but to the laity, less so.  While I doubt there's a way to measure the RPM on the puck, the theory wouldn't be hard to illustrate.

#986951 Supplemental Discpline 2013-14

Posted by Law Goalie on 10 December 2013 - 10:01 AM

Wait, you mean a correctional facility isn't just a rape zoo?

#986943 Supplemental Discpline 2013-14

Posted by Law Goalie on 10 December 2013 - 08:40 AM

Agreed on Fraser, both generally and in this.  His comments on supplemental discipline are generally better than his live playcalling reviews, which tend to be pretty unrealistic, from my perspective.


After seeing the different angles, I have to agree with Shanahan that Neal deliberately chose a path to take him into Marchand. I see his legs tilt right, to take him right, which would miss Marchand, then tilt back left, to take him into Marchand. This would have been a good opportunity for Shanahan to abandon his silly policy of not handing out tougher penalties when there's no apparent injury.



Indeed. It really reminds me of Ference's assassination of Halpern a few years ago in the playoffs: the same 'I'm deliberately looking away, casually extending a massive plastic cap on a well-supported joint into your unsuspecting head, ho-hum' approach.  Neal was very, very lucky to only get 5.


What worries me is that Thornton will probably get more than 5, despite having a cleaner record than Neal, and Neal's play being far, far more dangerous.  I'd way rather take a few short straight jabs to the face with a gloved hand than an armour-plated knee in-stride to the temple, both in terms of total force and the axonal effects inside the skull.  But because Orpik shows immediate symptoms and Marchand's are either luckily absent or merely delayed, watch what happens... That's ultimately why the 'injury on the play' criterion Shanahan has embraced is so silly: it flies in the face of everything we know (the known-knowns and the known-unknowns) of TBI.  Guys will sometimes finish games or fights only to succumb much later to career-ending, life-altering problems; some will drop like flies and be fine in a few days.  We know we can't predict concussion effects or recoveries; we do know exactly how they happen, which makes punishing the act instead of the effect of paramount import.

#986941 2013-2014 Goalie Gear Sightings

Posted by Law Goalie on 10 December 2013 - 08:25 AM

Awesome G2s: love the look of that extended landing area.  It's like a perfected 'Lehtonen knee'.


And, of course, MORE TIMMY:




Why yes, Virginia, that is a Maltese gel collar with a 1/2" scoop in the neckline; looks to have a full clavicle pad too...

#985922 Ex-players sue NHL over concussions

Posted by Law Goalie on 27 November 2013 - 03:25 PM

Yeah, in an ideal world, I think it would have been nice to see the league and the PA come forward to do something for these guys voluntarily, or at least for the PA to have made it part of the bargaining.  On the other hand, maybe they were advised not to tip that particular hand too early; the league was pretty intractable, and asking for even a little, totally reasonable, more or less morally imperative concession might have put everything in jeopardy.

#985798 Warrior Ritual G2 extensive write up in InGoal Magazine

Posted by Law Goalie on 26 November 2013 - 02:02 PM

It's fantastic stuff, but IG, as usual, misses some of the most important aspects of the gear...


On the blocker, the Velcro 'mechanically separable fastener' palm means that relative hand position on the blocker board is now fully selectable.  Hand position relative to the board has been, historically, one of the major brand and model differentiators on the blocker, a piece of equipment that many goalies claim cannot possibly be improved: 'a blocker's a blocker' and so on.  It's bloody genius.  (There is an issue with the implementation, but I suspect it'll be remedied in the production models.)


Thin sidewalls are, I think, a hangover of the period when they were introduced, when thin blocker boards were increasingly common-- for no bloody reason, being neither lighter nor more useful.  The G2 sidewall looks *exactly* like a sensibly thickened version of the Brian Heaton-designed CCM Gatekeeper, which is one of my favourite blockers of all time. (I still use one from time to time.)  I also like that this design is reflected in the refined lateral wedge on the pads.


On the glove, I'm not sure exactly how "the InGoal testers didn't know about the clean construction" (that is, the bindingless perimeter and the segmentation and pocket-sewing of plastics) -- whether that means they didn't see its benefits, or were totally ignorant of it -- but it's one of the most important aspects of the glove.  It is, incidentally, one of the great unheralded features of the legendary TPS Bionic and Vaughn T5500, two of the premier catching gloves ever made; as TPS 'dumbed down' the Bionic in successive versions, leading to its final, slightly dismal incarnation as part of the SWD R10 line, this was one of the things that vanished.


On the pads, the 'Profile Lock' relies rather brilliantly on changing the relative tension in the material of the face and back of the pad, rather than by how the foams are glued together (per Reebok/CCM's pad cores) or by making slots for foam inserts (Bauer's MyFlex).  The review does mention the degree of control this can give (you can select the angle of the upper break manually), but neglects to mention that the mechanism for it is entirely unique.  Take any pad and bend it significantly at the top break: the material on the face will be tightened, and the material on the back will loosen and pucker like a bulldog's face.  If you then hold the rear fabric (which is typically 420-600D nylon, possessing minimal stretch) bunched up, the pad stays bent.


The extended knee (Knee Drive System) has a clear precedent in the Vaughn 'Lehtonen knee', which is itself the inheritor of a long line of pads, going back to Smith's original 'box pad' designs and beyond, of an extended medial gusset at the knee to provide a longer, stiffer landing for the knee.  The NHL's Rule 11 requires that knee- and calf-wings be sewn to the pad in a particular way, but does not specify anything other than a maximum total depth of 10" from the face of the pad to the trailing edge of the medial protection.  IG mistakenly claims that the extension ("all the extra room") was made by "thinning out the thigh rise," which is in fact above the knee, when Warrior clearly *thickened* the medial edge of the pad to push the available landing area closer to that 10" maximum.


The elastic toe and boot straps are, again, not so much new as newly and uniquely refined.  I've been using various attachments of elastic toe-ties for five years, and I was by no means an early adopter.  Smith's design looks like it solves *most* of the problems associated with traditional designs, which were anchored through the toe-bridge, rather than across the bottom of the pad as on the G2s.


That said, it's ridiculous that IG claims "not a single InGoal tester noticed any resistance with their skate [sic] dropping to the ice" in butterfly transitions.  Elastic material is by definition resistant; it would be impossible for the elastic toe-ties to 'pop' the pad back to the center of the foot without resistance.  In fact, anyone who has used elastic toes (or has a rudimentary grasp of physics) would tell you that elastic toes *add* resistance over appropriately slack toe-ties (or no toe-ties, obviously).  This is not a bad thing, since that resistance means that the toe of the skate is pulling the medial edge of the pad with more force toward the ice in the butterfly, and securing the boot atop the foot in upright movements.  There is no delay in engagement with the pad until the length of the static toe-tie is hit; the elastic toe-tie exerts force geometrically, and with a much longer (effectively nonexistent) upper limit on stretch, as opposed to the absolute limit of static toes.  IG's review doesn't get it, reflecting the same kind of stupid language that has people talking about 'pad rotation' (over-rotation, under-rotation, etc.) when pads obviously do not rotate; legs rotate behind pads, which remain facing up the ice.


The sewn breaks in the Ritual calf-wing are not, contrary to the review, an "innovation"; they're a slight change from the original Rituals and the SP6000s.


As an aside, including proper standalone knee-pads with the G2 pads is, as far as I know, a first in the goalie business.  It's the first time a company has NOT cheaped out on knee protection by trying to design some half-assed, easily-sewn flap (a thigh board by any other name) that will save them a few bucks.  Warrior deserves to be seriously commended for being the first company to take knee protection this seriously.

#983903 Hip Injury

Posted by Law Goalie on 05 November 2013 - 12:21 PM

Meant more generally than specifically for you, DKM, but glad to hear things are progressing!


Just don't wear your Blueshirt in enemy territory, or you'll wake up with a stomach full of shoulders or a hundred ears sutured onto your back...

#983818 Hip Injury

Posted by Law Goalie on 04 November 2013 - 09:26 AM

This is going to sound really, really obvious, but I would generally suggest putting a little time (and money, if need be) into getting checked out by a dedicated sports medicine clinic.  One major difference between an active athlete (i.e. with staff trainers) and a lay athlete is the amount of attention to soft tissue issues; put simply, very few of us will go get a massage (pah, indulgence!) but every serious athlete will have several a week.  Stretching plans are good (especially with foam rollers) but specific and thorough attention to tissue tightness and inflammation is something that few people really get, even after major surgery that is, speaking broadly, a gigantic assault on the body.


The other advantage to 'catching it early' is the hip resurfacing option, which is considerably less invasive than replacement.

#983816 Football Body vs. Hockey Body

Posted by Law Goalie on 04 November 2013 - 09:10 AM

I would introduce one other issue: the duration and intensity of the season and playoffs.


It's not uncommon for players to drop a bunch of weight over the season (Oct. to April), but even more in the Apr.May/June playoff period; they just can't eat enough to maintain.  If you start with a terrifically lean body and a high metabolic rate, the amount of food you'd need to take in to maintain healthy function during periods of peak exertion and intensity, with minimal recovery and maximal stress, is astronomical.  If you've got a little weight salted away -- not enough to really slow you down, but something -- you'd presumably endure those peak periods better.  The case I'd point to here is Brodeur, who has been 'soft' his whole career, yet put together a ridiculous run of season and playoff success while playing more or less all the time; he played more games in effectively longer seasons (and correspondingly shorter offseason recovery periods) than anyone in those two decades, except maybe Roy and Hasek for brief stretches (and even they, while comparatively tall and stringy, were by no means lacking in BF%).  Tim Thomas fits the same bill.  Then you look at a guy like Ryan Miller, who has from a technical perspective the ideal body for a goalie (like a lightweight rower, all angular strength, reach and flexibility), but who wears down noticeably in every playoff series he enters, and over the course of even his best seasons, even when protected by a good backup.


I'm not saying you need to be chunky to be a good NHL player, or a good NHL goalie, but that there may be a balance to be struck between the peak moment-to-moment performance of a body on the razor's edge of fitness and a body that makes some compromises between that kind of performance and a more durable consistency.