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About Chadd

  • Birthday 01/31/1974


  • Skates
    Easton Mako
  • Stick
    STX Stallion 500 P91
  • Gloves
    STX Stallion 500
  • Helmet
    Easton E700
  • Pants
    Easton Girdle
  • Shoulder Pads
    Itech 660
  • Elbow Pads
    RBZ 130
  • Shin Pads
    Itech 660
  • Hockey Bag
    MSH bag; first and second generation

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    Harrisburg PA
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  1. It looks like a lot of it was already covered, but I'll chime in anyway. There are a ton of different ways to shoot and none is better or worse than another, despite what some may say. it's nice to be able to change your motion when the situation warrants. My comments describe how I shoot, your preference may very well differ. I also use the same heel to toe motion for passing, wrist shots and slap shots. It makes everything a lot easier for me. I start the puck much farther back, behind my rear foot or hip depending on the direction that I'm facing. The face of the blade is leaning forward, almost covering the puck. As I come forward, I am also pressing down with my bottom hand to force the stick to load (flex). I continue pushing down until the blade has come off the ice in front of me. The follow through should be "down the line" towards the target. The height of the follow through and ending position of the blade will vary with what you are trying to do. Ideally, weight will transfer to the front foot but you can get by with 50-50 balance. If my weight is transferring to the back foot or I'm falling away from the target, it's next to impossible to shoot hard or accurately. The focus should be on applying power and leverage to the puck while it is on your blade. The longer it is on your blade, the easier it is to control and apply power to it.
  2. If a manufacturer no longer makes "Stick X", and Sportchek orders an SMU that looks like them and has the same name, there is no reason that it has to have the same specs as the older sticks. As long as they don't represent it as a leftover model, there is no requirement that it have the same specs. I hope they have changed but the SMU Responses were pretty blatant, and I will give them the benefit of the doubt on all of the Si-Cores missing the inserts.
  3. Which version? There are several different versions in use across the industry.
  4. My former in laws lived in Burgettstown, I've been to the Robinson and Neville stores. Both had pretty poor service the handful of times that I was there.
  5. That is exactly what they did with TPS sticks. However, by using a model that was otherwise out of regular production, there is no legal issue. I will refrain from getting into a discussion of ethics.
  6. Work on your skating every chance you get, that will help. However, standing still on rubber mats or with inline skates is still going to give you a lot more grip and weight transfer than steel on ice.
  7. And even in the games where you are covered, they do their best to avoid paying.
  8. I think you might be right. I had some of the old commander shafts, never tried the AK27.
  9. Foolish opinion, studies have shown it is more effective than EPP for rotational impacts. I prefer it for that reason. Agreed, it shouldn't be assumed to be the definitive word in helmet safety, but it certainly advances the issue by making quantified data publicly available.
  10. No stick will make you better. Your skills are the same, no matter what stick you use. However, a lower quality stick can often inhibit your shooting motion. Then again, so can a more expensive stick with the wrong flex profile.
  11. I have no idea. I really haven't had the time to stay up on things over the last 9-10 months.
  12. Velvet has been around for a while, it's what I used on my custom Widows. It almost feels like a gritty, powder covering. It's not sticky at all, but it also isn't slippery.
  13. Give me a day to look into it.
  14. Sure, but you weren't at -20 over the winter. That temp was also at 8pm, the high was in the mid 90s that day. More encouragement to move to the Keys as soon as I can.
  15. You are going to find a lot of people that believe in the need for a skate to flex on this site. Top end boots are way too stiff for most adults and especially for kids.