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  1. 12 points
    And...a new logo! Thanks to @McDougalfaschnitzer, we’ve emphasized the snow globe (funny, most people were focused on the snowflake) while also adding Detroit within the snow globe.
  2. 9 points
    Final chapter. I emailed the board. Made it strictly about my sons lack of expeirence and not having fun. I did speak the other coach prior, but made it only about my son. Apparently the other team needed players and he likes my son having coached him last year. Got an email today that even though this is not typical protocol they granted our request, considering other circumstance, and this may not happen in the future. My son is happy his new coach reached out immediately to welcome us and talked to him. We didnt have to go through a team manager. He starts practice tomorrow. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
  3. 7 points
    For 2018 Bauer condensed the new Supreme skate line from 7 models to 5. I'd say the 2S skate is more like an upgraded S180 (replaced the TPU outsole with a composite one; liner and tongue that is very similar to the ones found on the Vapor X900; LS3 steel replacing LS2;and the addition of wear pads on the liner). Gone from last year are the S190 and S140. For the extra $100 the 2S is a great value considering the upgrades. Carbon CURV looks like an entirely new version of CURV. Has a nice look and 3D feel to it. Overall Bauer did a great job with the new skate line. But to be fair and honest, CCM did some nice things with their Tacks line this year too. This is what I miss from not having the product catalogs and @JR Boucicautcatalog reviews. Without them folks are left to guess what's new for this year. and are left trying to guess at it. I think it's a loss for the manufacturers in this regard.
  4. 6 points
    I think maybe you have to figure out what you want out of hockey. Do you want real competition or do you just want go for a skate with a bunch of good guys and have some laughs and a beer after. I'm in my mid 40's. I'm a terrible player, but I play men's league for a bit of competition, and I play co-ed for laughs. When I hit 40, I felt myself falling out of love for the game. I wasn't looking forward to games anymore. Then, a health issue popped up and made it so I couldn't play. The issue was significant but not too serious. Easily treated, but it kicked the crap out of my body to the point where I literally had to learn how to skate again. The time away made me realize how much I missed hockey and what I really loved about it and what I really want out of it. When I join a team, I don't look around the dressing room and wonder if I can win with these guys, I ask myself, "Can I lose with them?" I find that has served me well. No matter win or lose, there's always laughs afterwards. With Co-ed, I found challenges for myself that made the game fun again. I sometimes play with people who started hockey late or who just aren't that skilled. Nothing gives me more joy than setting them up for opportunities. This summer I'm on a team with a girl who's been playing for three years, but she's never scored a goal that wasn't a lucky bounce off her rump. But that changed last night when she took a backdoor pass and slammed it into the back of the net. She has friends on both teams so there was a lot of cheering. For me, hockey is a lot about the people now. I still like me a bit of competition, but it's not he be-all any more. I just want to pass the puck around, make plays, and maybe pop one in once in a while. But that's just an excuse to have some laughs after the game. That's what I want. Now, you have to ask yourself, what you want and go out and find it. IMHO.
  5. 5 points
    It’s called a Haglund’s deformity. Get it right. It reeks of ignorance when referred to as a Bauer Bump. It can happen in any skate. And sadly, I think people who use that term to pin it on a particular skate brand don’t know why they occur in the first place.
  6. 5 points
    I would think these are best used with the holes of the same name.
  7. 4 points
    The perfect solution would be to just start with white holders
  8. 4 points
    The 2S Pro is noticeably stiffer than the 2S. The 2S composite is very similar to the S180 from last generation if you squeeze them both, while the 2S Pro Carbon Curv is like the 1S/S190. It is also worth noting that the 2S is not entirely composite. The midsole is actually just nylon. If you remove the insole, you'll see it. 2S Pro is composite throughout. The 2S is a pretty mediocre deal. The way to think about it is like this: Out of the $300 difference, $90 of it is a fair value representation of the Speed Plates ($50) and LS5 runners ($110 LS5 vs. $70 LS3). That means the remaining $210 can be attributed to upgrading the Curv stiffness (a reasonable price difference for equivalent jump in stiffness to other models' high-end skates) and getting composite midsole. All the other stuff can be considered "free" upgrades (vented vs non-vented outsole, adjustable vs non-adj flex tendon guard, new tongue, new eyelets, ankle comfort padding, etc.). This isn't to say the 2S Pro is a good deal, but just that the 2S is a poor one. They should have at least given the 2S a vented outsole and ankle comfort padding. These are all standard features in other skate models in lower price points. For me, I really didn't like the eyelets and tongue of the 2S Pro, and didn't need anything from the 2S Pro upgrades enough to warrant paying the difference. If it wasn't for the fact that the new Supremes fit me better than any other line of skates, I would have definitely bought something else.
  9. 4 points
    Today marks 3 years since i first stepped onto a sheet of ice!
  10. 4 points
    420D Nylon Edges aren't serged, but folded over, then straight stitch sewn. On a commercial machine, they make folders that take in the fabric for you. So, say you want a 3" stripe and have a 1/4" folder, you cut the stripe to 3 1/2", feed through the machine and it will fold and sew 1/4". Flip it over and do the same, then, you'll straight stitch it onto your pant shell. Largest stripe on bottom, smaller on top if doing multiple colors.
  11. 4 points
    You’re way overstating a level of “free promotion” vs how much the product sells itself. Most of the posts in this thread have been questions and answers. Is it The sites fault most people who have bought one are satisfied? JR hasn’t promoted the machine at all, if anything it competes with his own business. the most recent posts you have responded after are someone listing pros and cons, and another person mentioning they’d have a hard time spending the current price on it......
  12. 3 points
    Yep. While I don't go out of my way to recommend Trues for most youth players, I don't actively recommend against them. As alluded to earlier in the thread, unless a skater has a biomechanical issue that is best addressed with custom footwear, when asked about Trues, my response is generally something along the lines of: "Hey, if you want to spend the money for customs, you can't go wrong with True. However, go into it with your eyes open. Your 9 year old's $800 skates WILL NOT fit him next year...and MAY not fit him by the end of this year; so you must be prepared to upgrade earlier than you otherwise might have to. As a parent of a kid with a relatively 'normal' (albeit, wide) foot; I wouldn't go that route...but I can't deny liking my True skates and, in the end, it's your money!"
  13. 3 points
    That's a reference, not acceptance. But the bigger issue is that people put it on one skate brand (which has the biggest retail market share), which is unfair. For example: I promise I am not trying to pick on you here, but I feel that in a professional setting it is best to refer to it by its correct name. It carries more weight. I used to have customers come to me and mention a Bauer bump, and I would correct them and tell them it's a Haglund's deformity. They would thank me afterwards because now they were able to research it better on how/why it happens and how to treat it, because they didn't know exactly what it was.
  14. 3 points
    Finally got around to getting my soccer gear out of my hockey shelf... Just need to move it into better lighting once the basement gets cleaned up.
  15. 3 points
    Then we educate them. Repeating it is just perpetuating the issue.
  16. 3 points
    Not so sure about that. When you get it right 90% of the time it’s probably cheaper to make the last 10% twice than to figure out a way to be able to test the fit of a custom fit item at every store.
  17. 3 points
    Let me begin by saying that, as a professional, paid, youth hockey coach, hearing stuff like this breaks my heart. THEY'RE. FREAKING. EIGHT. YEARS. OLD. No matter how seriously the coaches (and parents...honestly, the parents are generally every bit as bad as the coaches at this age) take it, this is NOT the NHL. And, what's more, nothing - NOTHING - that happens in any kid's 10U Minor season will either increase or decrease his chances of playing in college/getting drafted/playing in the NHL. Well...almost nothing. The one exception to this rule is, if the experience is SO negative for the player that s/he quits forever, I can GUARANTEE you that s/he'll never progress to a high level of hockey... Anyway. Instead of focusing on skill development, it sounds like your kid's coach is going to waste the entire year trying to teach 'systems' to a group of kids that do not, I REPEAT - DO NOT - have the mental capacity to understand what it is they are learning. Studies have proven again and again that treating kids like they're miniature adults doesn't work. A child's brain does not process information in the same way the adult brain does. It just freaking DOESN'T. The kids may be able to learn the mechanics of the systems...but they won't learn the 'why'; and they certainly won't learn the strategies behind them. They won't be able to repeat what they learn and, in the end, they won't become better hockey players. Put differently, solely in the name of winning, this coach seems dead set on trying to create a group of little robots that have no creativity, no individual playmaking skills, and no hockey sense. And, for your kid anyway, no fun either. (Thing is, though...I GUARANTEE that your kid isn't the only one not having fun...) So. Enough about why this coach sucks...because let's face it, no matter how many utterly meaningless 10U state/national/global/universal championships he's won, if he's teaching systems at 10U and all he does is yell and curse, he does, in fact, suck. The question you have to wrestle with is, what do you do now? I'd agree with the others that you probably need to get your kid off that team. It sounds like your house leagues are a bit of a joke (don't worry - ours are, too...) and it sounds like you have at least a cordial relationship with the B team's coach. I'd leverage that and see if you can't make a change. If not and the rosters are set, a year off from competitive hockey at 8 years old isn't going to hurt his long term development - just keep getting him on the ice in a positive environment where he leaves smiling and, most importantly, wants to come back the next time. One caveat though - in any discussion you have with ANY person that's part of your club, I'd make sure that you keep the discussion about YOUR KID - NOT the coach. You don't want to get into a situation where you're saying things like, "that coach is a jerk" or "all that coach does is yell and curse" or "my son hates that coach". All of that may be TRUE, but getting labeled as the dad/kid/family that can't get along with coaches is NOT a good place to be this early - particularly if you're going to stick with this club long term. If you talk to anyone about this (current coach, club president, B team coach, other parents, ANYONE other than your immediate family), just say that it's become apparent that your son wasn't ready for that level yet and that you want to back off before he begins to hate hockey. If people give you a hard time about it, simply say, "I understand, but this is what's right for my son at this point. The last thing I want is to push this now and wind up with a 12 year old that hates coming to the rink!" Never forget - this is a marathon, not a sprint. A million things have to 'go right' for any one kid to 'make it' with hockey...and, ultimately, the vast majority of those things are COMPLETELY out of our control as parents. As such, I believe it is our duty to make sure that we parents do the best we can with the things we CAN control...and this situation is one you can control. Get your kid back to a place where he has fun at the rink. Do it quickly. And do it without apologizing to anyone. Good luck. And please report back. I definitely want to hear how your son is doing.
  18. 3 points
    Man, ditch those laces ASAP. Get some Howies unwaxed wide laces. I say unwaxed because they tend to give a little which I have found can help with lace bite.
  19. 3 points
    Completely agree with both points. I think all of the vendors would be smart to get on board here. They can help us and we can help them. We talked about this at length last month At the same time though I don't think they have an obligation to do so just because people like their products, which is what it seems like some are inferring.
  20. 3 points
    I would "like" this 17,000 times if I could. So clean. Great job @McDougalfaschnitzer
  21. 2 points
    If you were properly fitted, then the scan was done in a weight bearing position. As such, your foot should have been spread out as far as it will go. Skates should have been built to that width. I'm not doubting that they messed up the build on your pair, just stating that a close fit shouldn't be a problem because it shouldn't squeeze your foot. Whether you're 130 lbs or 500 lbs, the skate shouldn't squeeze your foot.
  22. 2 points
    CLE can insert bifocal lenses. May be worth a look. Yep, that's where I'm at. LASIK was 20/15 correction for a few years. But now I'm over 40 as as Mark above, presbyopia is setting in, I'm back to wearing contacts for the time being until it stabilizes.
  23. 2 points
    Got my RX3 gloves, elbows, and shins today. Have to say I'm just as pleased with the gear as I though I would be. The finish of the gear is top notch, just had one thread on the shins I had to trim (it was too long, no evidence of pulled out stitching). Tags all pulled out easily. The fit of the gloves and elbows are great. It's brand new, but already feels pretty good when stick handling. Tons of motion but no worries about protection. The hyper extension thumb protection is the best I have seen. The hex cell wrap is really form fitting and protective. The sleeve in the elbow pads is not loose, but it isn't tight enough it cuts off circulation and provides discomfort. The end of the gloves and the elbows meet up very well. https://imgur.com/fbhFrir https://imgur.com/kX3fRsb The palms and the super fabric on the gloves is nice, but there is no getting around how it seems slightly abrasive and I am worried that overtime it could wear away at my stick. Super fabric is used in some motorcycle gear and some people have complained about it scratching their bikes. Also not stoked on all the small STX logos, just kind of makes the gloves seem cluttered and like the company is trying too hard to plaster their name. All gloves have thumb logos, but I think the RX3 logo would have looked better here. The small STX on the index finger just looks out of place and I'm going to try and black it out. The side of the palm is whatever but it would look cleaner without it. https://imgur.com/43QcETk The shins are not bad. The shell provides great coverage and the liner is very comfortable. Strapped up they are very secure. Now I do have humongous baloon calves, even when I'm in great shape (right now I'm slightly overweight and losing), but I do wish for longer straps and more wrap anyways. The side wraps are good coverage, but I would prefer more. If you can see in the one picture, the rectangular stitching is the velco hooks. Had to really crank the strap to get the uncomfortable velcro off my leg, and there is still a bit there. I am worried that having to crank the straps could over stress them. I almost wish I could have the shell/liner of a 15" but the calf wraps and straps of a 16". @STXHockey if you're reading this, I would buy that product right away, perhaps call it a size + (size 15"+ size equals 15"shell/16" calves, etc.). https://imgur.com/5OO1HaP https://imgur.com/tKXanes Weights are as follows (weighed each piece and averaged, compare each weight for consistency): Elbows SR LG - R 245g, L 250g - 5g difference Gloves 14" - R 295g, L 292g - 3g difference Shins 15" - R 650g, L 660g - 10g difference
  24. 2 points
    https://www.icethetics.co/blog/2018/8/21/new-jersey-devils-unveil-throwback-third-jersey-for-2018-19
  25. 2 points
    Bigger thigh rises? Lundy strapping? They're freaks? I'll take the last line next. When I say "frozen in place" I mean that your weight is aligned and distributed in a way that it creates too much friction between the pad and ice and makes it impossible to recover or change direction without first adjusting your body to alleviate that friction and get your skate into a position to engage an edge. The result is a situation where your pad won't slide because of that friction and you can't move because your body isn't aligned/controlled correctly. The only option at that point is to lunge or dive with your stick and body to try and make a save because you don't have the time or ability to use your lower body. This is a terrible situation to be in for a goalie. If you are going to go to the ice, you must do so in a position where you can recover from the ice, even if that means back to standing to move laterally, and that means being able to lift a leg/knee off the ground in the direction you need to go.. You are dropping into positions where you can't lift your leg in order to engage an edge to move - feet behind you, butt down or all your weight on the leading pad, usually the right. I didn't say one before the other. I said you're only dropping to one, typically your right. Often you do this half butterfly type thing with the trailing leg off the ice. Your weight should be centered towards the push leg, not over the lead leg so you can lift your push one. It's more apparent when you have to move to your right at the same time. Let's look at the very first play of AA vs Black Knights, interestingly a game where you got beat and were disappointed in your (and your team's) performance. You're square to the first guy on a 3-1 with depth where you should be. Your D makes a bad read and essentially turns himself into a cone screening you. The puck goes to your right. And since you have to move that way, you drop all of your weight onto your right knee, with your body way over that leg. You're leading with your head and shoulders into the play rather than the pad. And your left pad trails behind you, off the ice. The result is that the pad sticks to the ice, you lever over the top of it, and you can't even attempt to do anything when the puck goes the other way. Not completely your fault by any means, and you probably couldn't have stopped it anyway. But all you could do was watch. If you would have dropped to both knees when you slid to your right, your weight would have been centered, and you may have been able to engage your right skate or even just throw out your left pad. But it was a flukey play, so let's look at the next one in that video. You are on your angle with your shoulders square. A shot comes high glove side, with very little angle to the short side. Instead of dropping to both knees in the center of your stance, which would probably have just put the puck into your glove naturally, you drop to your right pad, moving your entire body AWAY from the shot and have to reach all the way out with your glove to make the save. If anything, you should have dropped to your left to bring your body and head behind the puck. But I know dropping left knee only is an issue, so it definitely should have been two knees. If you didn't catch that puck clean because you had to reach out for it, you'd be stuck on your right knee, all the way to the right post with no way to move to your left to stop the rebound from going in. Two plays later, an attacker comes in wide from your left and tries to cut back from behind the net. You think he's going to cut across, so go to slide to your right and lean over that pad, leaving the entire short side exposed. He doesn't score, but it should have been an easy goal. If you drop to both pads, you still would have been square to him and moving across. At 1:35 (pause it right there for a visual representation of what I mean) same thing. You slide, weight on right leg, left leg and arm trailing behind you. Eventually you slide into the play and get your left leg down, but your weight is still over the right. When the play cuts back, you have to lunge to your left to try and cover it, which puts you off balance and teeters you forward. You can't control the rebound, miss the cover, and have to lunge to try to stop the empty net goal. If you would have been centered, you're covering that puck in front of you rather than reaching for it. Do you see what I'm talking about now? So that's all frustrating and disheartening, I know. But the thing is that you CAN do it right. That's how I know it's a technique thing. What I find most interesting is that you have mentioned playing better in games when you tend to fix the issues more often. Pretty much every save you show in the next video vs Ironside is good. You drop to both knees, square to the puck. And as a result, you can see how much more "quiet" you are. Not moving too much. Pucks are in the chest and gloves easily. Rebounds drop directly in front of you. At the 1:00 mark, you drop evenly and perform a great pivot to the new angle by turning your head->hands->hips and engaging the back edge to push (but get up instead). On the last scramble, you drop evenly so when you dive to cover the puck, everything is in front of you instead of off to the side like in the last game. Your lateral slides are all both knees down, body weight centered. I think you're sliding further and easier as a result. At 1:30 you make a great save moving from your right to left with good technique. At 1:43 you make a good save and are able to regain your edges because you're balanced. You end up diving for the puck but I think that was more because you lost sight of it and were on the wrong foot when you realized where it was. You probably would have been able to push with your right foot if you had seen it the whole way. 2:41 is another good lateral push to the new angle. Even the last goal was good technique. You were on both knees and were able to adjust to try and make the save. Just a bad bounce to an uncovered guy. But the attempt wasn't a desperation one where you just threw something out there with no chance. Hopefully that all helps.




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