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  1. 7 points
    Doctor in November 2017: “You’re borderline for both diabetes and blood pressure. I could start you on medication now or I can give you 6 months to lose some weight” 6 months later: - weight down 55lbs - A1C 4.8% - Blood Pressure now 119/74 - Cholesterol down 28mg/dL
  2. 6 points
    Got the Super Tacks a couple of weeks ago for a price I couldn’t pass up. Been very happy with them so far.
  3. 5 points
    I enjoy the stick bag NOT because I think my sticks are amazing or anything special, but it makes it easier to store them in my house, trunk, parents house, etc. I have a 2 hour commute to the rink, I want to make sure I have all my gear - equipment bag, laundry bag with clean stuff, stick bag with 2 sticks - boom done. To each his own, carry them with or without a bag - no judgement here.
  4. 5 points
    Without going too in depth; -Smaller brands like STX, Warrior and True are invaluable, most of what you'll sell is mid-range in price and you can maximize quality and profit with the guys i mentioned. They also have reasonable minimums where you wouldn't need to use a distributor. -When buying, remember who grows out of things, and replaces gear regularly, focus your buying there (Hint; it's kids) -Don't impulsively stock every product some guy says "you've gotta have, everyone wants it." Often these suggestions are by lookers, not buyers -Definitely stock Howie's tape and accessories, they're close to you and run a great business -If you're successful for one year, do some research on joining a buying group -Get to know your reps well, they are a great resource when you have problems that arise. Touch base with them every other week or so, and don't call them only to complain -Utilize company closeout lists to stock products at a bargain, but remember it will be on clearance everywhere else as well -If floor space is limited, don't waste it. Don't make a business of used hockey gear in your store, rather organize a used swap prior to the season, or something of the like. -Depending on how you plan to fund this, a Cag-One machine and Sani-Sport type machine will bring in foot traffic and pay for themselves in short order -Make sure you sharpen well but are expeditious about it. If you take 15 minutes to perfectly do one pair, and you've got a line 12-15 pair deep on a busy game day... do the math. You're also missing in store sales at this time.
  5. 5 points
    I haven’t worn this size in 15+ years. I also found that I’ve moved from a 48R or 50R down to a 42R. Still a long way to go, though.
  6. 4 points
    I feel like I am the only person that posts in this thread :(
  7. 4 points
    Can be done, with the right boot punch. The only one that does that is @customskateworks‘s boot punch. @EBondo should have one in his store in Sterling, VA. If he isn’t up to speed on how to operate it, I can consult.
  8. 4 points
    Just get Howie's. It's the exact same lace - they're both made by Tex-Style. The only difference is that the Graf has a single tracer.
  9. 3 points
    Hi Colins, thanks for tagging me on this although you have it pretty much figured out. In 2016, with the launch of the original Super Tacks line, we adjusted our sizing tags and moved everything in the new Super Tacks line a half-size up from the JetSpeed line. This was going to be the new sizing for all new products for CCM moving forward (and still relevant for today's launches). Which means that: 8D JetSpeed (2015) with 272 holder = 8.5D Super Tacks with 272 holder 8.5D JetSpeed (2015) with 280 holder = 9D Super Tacks with 280 holder Even though we continued to sell the JetSpeed line in 2016, we did not make the change midway through its lifecycle and didn't make the sizing-label changes on that line. We made the change in 2017 with the launch of the "FT-line" So for full clarity, here is how the sizing tags work right up to until this year's launch: 8D JetSpeed (2015) line = 8.5D Super Tacks line 8.5D JetSpeed FT1 line 8.5D Super Tacks AS1 line every one of these models with 272 holder 8.5D JetSpeed (2015) line = 9D Super Tacks line 9D JetSpeed FT1 line 9D Super Tacks AS1 line every one of these models with 272 holder I hope this helps, let me know if i can be of any more assistance.
  10. 3 points
    Have a few friends in the Acadie-Bathurst Titan org and they just won their first Memorial Cup on Sunday. No doubt they're still all hungover Not my video but what a thrill it must be.
  11. 3 points
    Easy to get.... https://www.shop.hockeycloseout.com/category.sc?categoryId=40
  12. 3 points
    Just thought I'd give an update. I took my skates to a reputable pro shop and told the guy about my problem. We compared my old skates to the new and found the new skate blades were pitched way too far back and had some crazy small radius. It definitely curved more and had less blade on the ice. Guy profiled my skates to the standard 9', fixed the pitch, and now I'm back to skating the way I was. Moral of the story, when you buy new retail (crappy) skates/blades, get 'em profiled for the first sharpening!
  13. 3 points
    Simple answer - and it's an answer I've used for a very long time - mm don't lie. It was simply a tag switch. Sizing wasn't adjusted. CCM wanted to simplify the process for Bauer converts. I've always been on the "small" side of a 296mm holder. The only exception on this was Supreme skates, in which they were sized with the 2.1 holder in mind. The 10.5 was mounted with a 288mm holder which looked small on the skate, but with the 2.1 steel, it was a 296. Once you figure it out, it's the best way to determine your size in every brand.
  14. 3 points
    Sorry it's been a busy week and I haven't had a chance to respond to everyone's posts but I wanted to take the time to say thanks for your input. I really appreciate it. I've definitely started putting it to good use. I've reached out to the local youth hockey organizations and the 2 ACHA college teams that call the rink home as well as the local figure skating club and had some great conversations. I set up an account with Howie's and working on something for the figure skating supplies as well. I was able to get my hands on the skate sharpener, a riveter, work bench and tools. Making progress but still so much to do..
  15. 3 points
  16. 3 points
    Happy for Ovi and rooting for him to raise the Cup.
  17. 3 points
    That “one dude” in CT has been the distributor of Tackla in the US as long as I remember. NHL usage died out once Vaughn stopped distributing them in Canada/NHL. That happened once they acquired Eagle. The rest of the manufacturers caught up and it became a niche brand.
  18. 3 points
    If you want performance, proper fit is king. Forget the brand names. Forget the tech. Pick your price point and find the best fitting skate in that range. That's IMHO how you'll get the best performance. Ill fitting skates will hurt your performance more than any tech could ever help. Add that to the possibility of developing foot issues, like Bauer bumps, which is a can of worms you do not want to open, then to me it's a no brainer. If the skate fit is perfect for your foot then it's the best skate ever. All other skates are junk to you, no matter what they're made of or what tech they posses. If you're worried about runner size, you can get your runners profiled to a larger radius for more stability. It's what I did when I, as an adult, went from an already small size 5 to a size 4.5. I'm in Nexus N9000 Ds. In terms of fit, I'm between those and Supremes. All other skates I've tried from CCM--which included the supposedly similar fitting Tacks--and Bauer were no good, so it kind of surprises me that you're thinking of going from Vapors to Nexus. That's quite a difference, so be careful. Again, fit is king. IMHO, make that your only concern and you'll be happy. my 2 cents. It's worth what you paid.
  19. 2 points
    Red, white and blue kit: https://imgur.com/gallery/87URnm1
  20. 2 points
    Having two friends on VGK makes it easier for me.
  21. 2 points
    Are we showcasing the pads or the 999 jerseys hanging up behind them...LOL
  22. 2 points
    Even being a finnish brand, they don't have their products in any usual retail stores that sell hockey equipment. I have no idea what their business model these days is. Our beer league team did order team jerseys and socks from them though. Back in the 90s everyone here had either Tackla, Koho or Jofa equipment. Now only those that have old or second hand equipment wear them. https://www.tackla.com/company.html
  23. 2 points
    Howdy, For me, I use a local store for service, cheap consumables, impulse buys, and emergency needs. Oh, and skates, but I don't think its realistic that a small shop could compete here in any way other than as a custom order/fitter place that doesn't need to have any inventory. For service... I think you have to offer (good) sharpening. Sparx has taken that need away for me, but that's not the norm for folks and I don't imagine it will be any time soon. What I can't do myself is repair stuff or higher end services like profiling. So, being able to do rivet replacement, holder swaps, etc. etc. Don't ignore figure skaters here... They need skate work too. :-) Cheap consumables... Tape / laces / wax / water bottles (branded to you!) Pick a brand (Howie's?), buy enough that you get it cheap. And again... Figure skaters. Surely they have inexpensive stuff they need to replace regularly? Impulse buys... For me, this is the general "cool shit that costs under $30 or so" kinda thing. Fun t-shirts (pick a couple designs targeting your rink residents. Do it in small batches, do new designs. Brand with your logo somewhere). Tape Tiger tools. Sweet Stick emergency sharpener tools. Lace tighteners. Water bottles with your brand. De-stinkify sprays. anti-fog sprays, etc. Emergency needs... Skate steel in common sizes / types. Cheap jerseys in common sizes in a range of colors (buy closeout Tron or ebay stuff for crazy cheap?). Cheap socks. A small selection of basic sticks. Small selection of protective (jocks, elbows/shins, helmet, etc.). Your goal with this is more to have something someone can make work for the "Fuck, I left my XXX at home and I'm here for a game". Cheap (for you and the buyer both) is key. Its not going to move fast. Buy closeout Tron stuff when it comes available. Other thoughts... A used shop is an interesting idea. Either in consignment form or as a play it again sports type of approach where you own the stuff, but take trades in, etc. If you do this, then you can also fill your emergency role out this way, vs. buying new equipment. Sell coffee / long term storage snacks. I can't count the # of times I've taken my son to a morning practice and forgotten my damn coffee. :-) And kids like candy. Dragging mom/dad into your small shop so they can get that $1 piece of sugary goodness as an "after hockey" habit is a great way for them to see that perfect t-shirt for grandma... :-) Match your hours to when people will be there. If your rink sees a lot of adult league stuff, opening at noon on weekdays is kinda pointless for that market. Make your hours 4pm to 10pm or whatever. Be the "if you need jerseys, I know how to make that happen" guy / team order of sticks / whatever guy. No clue on if there's any margin / profit area here though? All just my "I've never been there or done that" thoughts. :-) If it were me doing this, I'd be talking privately with guys like JR, Buzz, etc. :-) Mark
  24. 2 points
    Love my Nexus V-cut!!!!! #TechMeshForever!!! (oh, and Wakanda too!!!)
  25. 2 points
    Hello everyone, as it’s been mentioned above, Sher-Wood Athletics Group has sold the Sher-Wood trademark and some of the assets to INA International, a division of Canadian Tire (CTC). I'll let the dust settle a little bit more before I elaborate on the go forward strategy of the Sher-Wood brand within the CTC portfolio. Personally, I've been retained by CTC as Manager of Sher-Wood for INA. Unfortunately, some very good people from our head office were let go, but the North Americain sales force was retained. Sher-Wood will be run as in independent brand and will continue to develop, market, and distribute Sher-Wood products to customers in Canada, the United States and internationally. The mandate is actually to grow the brand across all distribution channels as opposed to solely becoming a house brand for just the CTC banners.