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akravetz

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About akravetz

  • Birthday 03/04/1970

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  • Skates Graf G5
  • Stick Easton Mako
  • Gloves Reebok 4-roll pro stock
  • Helmet Reebok 8K
  • Pants Warrior Hustler
  • Shoulder Pads CCM 05
  • Elbow Pads Bauer Vapor x30s
  • Shin Pads Bauer Vapor x30s
  • Hockey Bag surplus Peoria Rivermen team bag

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Peoria, Ill.
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  1. 2016 Sher-Wood Catalogue

    My son got a T85 in the PP26 curve. I don't see where that is in the catalog. Is that part of the playrite system? I ask because he's 10 and loves it. I wanna find if the stick is still a current model or not. And if not, what's changed. I see a T90 in here but not a T85. Thanks Andy in Peoria
  2. Total Hockey Files Bankruptcy

    I will say that I like the TH stores simply because I go in there, and there are human beings to talk to. It's often younger kids in their 20s. They know I am a dad with two kids in hockey. They can see through the BS of the coaches and other dads telling us we need top of the line crap. They have always sized my kids well, gotten us the right gear for the right price and when it doesn't work out, they take it back. I like the company and I like the store. I bought once from another online place (not monkey) and it was horrible. I am strictly a TH guy now so I really hope it works out. Someone in the thread earlier said something about wanting to increase market share. I am also an avid whitewater kayaker and we saw this about 15 years ago. Kayaking was huge in the late 90s and early 00s. There were 20 different boat companies churning out boat after boat, sometimes with seven new models each year. Now, there are about four or five, doing one model a year. A lot of the buying up of smaller companies and consolidation. That, combined with the notion that you can only make so many different types of boats, killed the industry. It's still there but has reverted back to a niche sport. I hope hockey doesn't go that way. Andy in Peoria.
  3. David Perron

    Thrilled to have David back in St. Louis as he's a terrific player. Kinda cool how he came "full circle."
  4. Thoughts on the Sher-Wood T85 Gen II stick

    First off, I am of the opinion that kids at the age of 10 should use wood sticks. They can't use the technology in most cases. That said, I appreciate all the thoughts. we are going to get those two sticks and yes, I had planned on leaving them uncut. in fact, we aren't going to cut them down until august as he's off the ice (we are the rogues here. we go outside in the summer and play baseball.. The horror!) As for the weight, I think it's good. It'll make a bit stronger and it's not that much weight to matter really. thanks to all. Andy in Peoria.
  5. It seems too good to be true. My son, 10, (plays D, rightie, 4'3, 64 pounds, PeeWee minor) likes this stick and it's only $39. Tried it out (without a puck) at a local TH and seemed to like how it felt. Better, the curve (Stasney) is named after his favorite player (other than Subban). Anyway, other dads on the team, when I mentioned I was going to get the sticks for him, said no no, it's a bad stick, he needs something else. He is currently using a Tacks 5052 (nugent-hopkins) which he just broke at a tourney (on the blade, can't fix). Anyway, I say he's too little and not strong enough to really use the technology that is built into these sticks. I say if he continues to develop his form, he'll be fine and I can get two sticks for the price of one. Others are telling me that I have to buy higher end sticks. He's never had a new stick, always using old, used ones or hand-me-downs from dad or others (cut down of course). I realize that in an ideal world, spending more to get a higher-end stick is super. But if you aren't loaded, what's wrong with a $39 stick. We get two and he has a spare. Thoughts?
  6. Graf Canada out of business

    Thanks. I'll check them out, assuming any are still left. I have been offline due to work and just saw this. Thanks again.
  7. Graf Canada out of business

    How are those PK sticks. My son, 10, just broke his CCM Tacks 5052 and well, he's 10. He doesn't need a high end stick. He plays defense. I figure for a kid who is 4'3, 65 pounds, any stick will do as long as it's not a huge piece lumber. Are you guys cool with a Graf stick for a kid?
  8. New brain bucket

    OKay, I'll check it out. Our summer league doesn't start for a few weeks so I have time. Using an old beat up CCM now so another CCM isn't out of the realm. Again, just didn't like the feel of the IMS. Thanks so much andy
  9. New brain bucket

    I'll try that. Honestly, I don't know that much about helmets. I do know that it's the one thing other than skates that I will not cut corners on. I am a whitewater kayaker as well and my helmet has saved my life more than once. So I appreciate it. Most of my buddies have Bauer or Reebok so that's what I know. Easton doesn't fit my head well or at least the ones I have tried.
  10. New brain bucket

    Like an idiot after a game, I left my helmet at the rink. Didn't realize until the next day and well, it was gone. I had a Reebok 8K and liked it. Looking for a new one. Thoughts on a good helmet that isn't too expensive. My son, whom I have written about here, is 10 and has a IMS 7.0. I don't like the feel of it when I handle it. The plastic seems too soft and squeezable. I used to have an old, old CCM but that was too much like a motorcycle helmet. Thoughts? And how idiotic would I look if I got a dark green one. Our team colors are dark green. (sponsored by an Irish bar and our jerseys are the Minnesota Wild green and cream). Just asking. If I can find an old 8K, I might just get that. But figure I'll ask. I'm looking to spend no more than 130 or so with the cage. I had a Bauer cage on my Reebok helmet. I think it was the 9900 or something like that. It had an oval bulge if that helps. I've tried on a CCM and an Easton at a store, don't remember which one and they didn't seem the right fit.
  11. New brain bucket

    Like an idiot after a game, I left my helmet at the rink. Didn't realize until the next day and well, it was gone. I had a Reebok 8K and liked it. Looking for a new one. Thoughts on a good helmet that isn't too expensive. My son, whom I have written about here, is 10 and has a IMS 7.0. I don't like the feel of it when I handle it. The plastic seems too soft and squeezable. I used to have an old, old CCM but that was too much like a motorcycle helmet. Thoughts? And how idiotic would I look if I got a dark green one. Our team colors are dark green. (sponsored by an Irish bar and our jerseys are the Minnesota Wild green and cream). Just asking. If I can find an old 8K, I might just get that. But figure I'll ask. I'm looking to spend no more than 130 or so with the cage. I had a Bauer cage on my Reebok helmet. I think it was the 9900 or something like that. It had an oval bulge if that helps. I've tried on a CCM and an Easton at a store, don't remember which one and they didn't seem the right fit.
  12. Hey, I have a quick thing to ask you. Kinda embarrassing but Iost my helmet. Yes, I am 45 and left it at the rink. My son, 10, is having a field day with this. Anyway, I had an old 8K by Reebok. From what I can tell, the 11K is the updated version. Is that accurate? Or no. I liked the 8K and used a Bauer cage. Was gonna try to do that again. I don't want to ask anyone else as well, I feel really stupid and soon to be $100 or so dollars poorer. 

  13. NWHL Women's Pro Hockey League

    Sadly, I agree with the posters above. I am totally on board with that new league. I think it's long overdue but unless the NHL helps out as the NBA helps out with the WNBA, I don't think it's going to make it or if it does,it'll be like MLL, a major league that is really minor. But it's about time.
  14. Most padded and protective neck guard

    He's got a Bauer neck guard that has more padding than the simple Kevlar ones but apparently not enough. And no, he's not a kid who chirps on the ice. The smart-ass mouth is to the coaches. Remember, he's 9 and 9yos have trouble focusing. During the first half of the season, he'd zone out, stare at the lights and then suddenly a kid would come racing up ice (he's a D-man). He'd be caught flat flooted and either hook or trip to slow the kid down. My son has never taken a swing at a kid with his hands or stick or I'd beat his ass. And since someone broke his arm slashing he's hypersensitive to that. But he's stopped that and really played some great games in the past six weeks so that's not an issue now. In fact, we had a really chippy game over the weekend where the entire game was kids being boxed. My son wasn't one of them. Weird. Is my son a saint. Hell no. Is he the next Gretzky, no way. He's incredibly fast and agile but doesn't have the best shot so the team uses him to carry the puck up, and either dump it or get a quick shot. What happened I don't think was intentional. No one "hacked" at his throat. He was being tripped (turnabout is fair play) and I think either fell on the stick on the way down or the kid lifted the stick and caught him. I think it was accidental. so that's why I am looking for something that could be more protective. I might take a pic of the neck guard and post here so people can see what I am using. Either way, I thank you all for the thoughts and the comments. Actually, it makes me feel a lot better to hear what people had to say.
  15. Most padded and protective neck guard

    Hmm, he's 9 years old. and less than 55 pounds. i wonder if that is even a option for a kid that small. I'll try to call the company but $85 is a lot for a neck guard that he's likely to outgrow within a year. If I do get one, I'll wait until late summer as our season is mostly over. We didn't make the playoffs so we are done.