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  2. 7 points
    SummerJam Goalie Cam video is up! @Axxion89 @OmegaGoalie
  3. 7 points
    this is a great read, just thought I'd give some input from the other end of the spectrum too. My dad grew up playing OHL then OUA then had a pro career in Europe before coaching professionally in Europe for over 20 years. Hockey was obviously my main sport growing up but my dad was very understanding of the game and refused to be an over involved parent. He would help out especially in my earlier years. As I got older and into more serious levels of hockey he would come to as many games as he could make it to and afterwards would only give me an honest assessment if I asked him. His analytical mind from coaching would obviously take over here, but it was always positive and reassurances it was never "you looked bad during this play" it was more "when this guy has the puck, you did this but when you do that heres what happens and what ended up happening, whereas the play to look for is to do this and that way the whole play changes". He obviously wanted me to pursue hockey as far as I could and I played right through Juniors, but he would only ever be hard on me if I asked for it. he would never pressure me into work outs or to focus or practice more unless I said "what do I need to get better at" and still to this day I respect and admire that about him. He is always willing but never forceful. He is also a huge advocate for being multi sport athletes, especially in the summer months. once my season ended I wouldn't open my hockey bag until July or August to do power skating and high intensity ice sessions leading up to training camp. His theory is people dont burn out that way and the ones who really love it come back even hungrier.
  4. 6 points
    So, I've had a day and some change to decompress from Summer Jam 2018, and I think I can compose my reflection and "thank you" competently. I have been coming to MSH events since just after graduating college, so, seven years have passed for me. In that time I have went from driving in late Friday and leaving as soon as I'd showered and changed after the skate to, now, not wanting the weekend to end. Being from the area, I am really grateful to have had the opportunity to share the city I love with so many great people. I hope that everyone got a chance to explore the city a bit beyond Neville Island, there is so much to see and do here. To those that explored with Mere and I for a few days, or used my advice in the "Things to do in Pittsburgh" thread, I hope I didn't steer you wrong. To JR, Ericca, Dave, Chris, etc.: Thank you so much for everything you guys do to help make these events happen. It blows me away, especially seeing a little more of the behind-the-scenes stuff this time, how great of a job you all do, and just how much time and effort goes into pulling it off. Please know that the work you guys do does not go unnoticed, and we appreciate it more than we can put into words. To the vendors that came out: Thank you guys. Honestly, I am at these things more for the people and the relationships I have with them, but you guys give us a chance to see some pretty cool stuff and understand the business side of the hockey world a little better. Thank you for your time. With that, I have to say that I am already looking forward to seeing everyone again at Winter Fest in Detroit.
  5. 6 points
    Just picked up my Mighty Drunks team gloves.
  6. 6 points
    And stay off his lawn......
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  8. 6 points
    Here are my thoughts from experience. Yes, the extremely talented players, the ones that are far over and above all the others, will get found. The reality is that in today's world the more money that is put into the player the more exposure they get so it is easier for them to be scouted. But just because you dump a lot into a kid doesn't mean they will go any further than aging out of youth or Junior B (pay to play). I have seen a lot of money wasted because the parents didn't want to admit to themselves that their kid didn't have what it takes to play at a pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL. Europe, etc) level. My kid had some opportunities to play at a junior level. He realized that that would be as far as he could go. He opted to join the military and early enlisted. I never tried to discourage him about playing but was always honest with him and we talked a lot about the game on many long trips. When families don't look at the reality of things a lot of time can be wasted that will affect them later in life. Many don't get out of school or start a career path until they are in their mid twenties. My son is 24 has an incredible job with a good future and has been self supporting for quite awhile, which is more than I can say for many of the people he played with. I spent a ton of money for youth hockey. Not because I had delusions of my kid making it to the pros but because he loves the game. Every private lesson and camp was a life learning experience. Every trip was an opportunity to see a different place. Playing in the Pee-Wee International tournament in Quebec was a once in a lifetime experience. He learned more life lessons and about himself playing hockey. There is a reason that many jobs like fire fighters, police, military love hockey players; the team mentality, respect, personal conduct and responsibility you learn goes along way. When people ask about the money I spent my first reaction is "it was well worth it", my second is "it's cheaper than paying a lawyer if he got into trouble because of to much free time"
  9. 5 points
    As always big thanks to JR , Erica Dave and everyone who worked so hard behind the scenes to put this on. It's great being with 30 or so people from all walks of life/locations with the same passion for the game (and the gear used to play it). Matt- thanks for the taste of Ashville- beers were good. Always great to see the .New England contingent - thanks for the laughs and putting up with my smelly car. Custom Skate Works had some great products. I appreciate the thought and innovation that goes into them. Looking forward to seeing his stuff in pro shops. Also thank you to everyone that stopped by and chatted at my humble display. It was strange being on the other side of the table but you guys didn't make it weird. Goon: I feel bad enabling your blacked out skate addiction- and now It'll be weird if I chirp you for it, which may have been your plan all along.... I know some of you missed the excitement, but I was able to snag a picture of the fire pit lighting incident: Dave- glad you weren't hurt I really enjoyed our conversation at dinner. And by conversation I mean screaming over the "acoustic" guitar playing singer with a set of amps that make The Who jealous.
  10. 5 points
    As always it was great to see all of my friends and those of you whom I consider family after getting to know you all over the last decade. I had a great time seeing everyone, and catching up. I was also glad to see some new faces, the summer event is always good for seeing new folks. @JR Boucicaut--beating an old drum that won't ever get tired... Thank you for the planning you put in, these events are circled on all of our calendars well in advance. @JoeyJ0506 and mere, I can't thank you guys enough for the hospitality. Last week was one of the best I've had in a long time. Falling water, replay fx, all the food... Crushing 6.345 rum drinks in 45 minutes while zesting limes.... There were a lot of fun memories I'll cherish forever; saying goodbyes knowing I was heading home the next day sucked. @chikinpotpie and @KennyLoggins my permanent roomies, it was good to catch up as always. I'm glad you finally found your limited edition ride. Not so good was our bat shit insane Uber driver Saturday. We'll have to tear up the town next summer, wherever we land. I can't mention everyone, but I enjoyed exploring town and doing the ball game with you guys on Thursday, and hanging around the hotel shooting the shit during the event. Tom, Dave, hags, bouce, Mike... Hate you guys, I miss your ugly asses already.
  11. 5 points
    Once again JR & Co. did not disappoint. A hearty thank you to JR, Errica and everyone else who helped turn out another great event. I’d like to thank all who attended as well. We all sort of have our own little part in making these things fun. Whether it’s carting people around, cooking, cleaning up after or sacrificing your eyebrows getting the fire pit started. Thanks to Custom Skate Works, Pro Sharp & Monty for coming out to talk with us and display some really cool stuff. Also, thanks to CCM for sending skates & sticks to try. Personally, I’d like to thank Haggs & Liz for carting me around. Goon for coffee at the mall. Joey & Meridith for their suggestions as to where and what to do. Matt for dragging me out to the Overlook and Gristhouse. Dave for organizing and being an all around good sport. Last but not least, JR for his dedication and tireless effort. Hope to see you at WF.
  12. 5 points
    Top stripes disrupt the balance of the jersey. Should've been eggplant instead of black. #anotherblackjersey
  13. 4 points
    @dkmiller3356, we found a restaurant by the stadiums to try next time you're in Pittsburgh
  14. 4 points
    Thanks to JR, Errica and Crew for another great event. The toughest thing to do is to coordinate a gathering of diverse people and you guys pull it off each time you host these events! It was great seeing familiar faces and meeting new people too. Thanks @JoeyJ0506 and Mer for suggestions for things to do. I am pretty sure I'll be back in town again because, like you said, there is a ton of things to do in town Thanks @Monty22 for showing off the skate runner coatings. its a good way of reusing developed technology for other uses. Can't wait to try them out. they better not come back white or you'll get negative reviews Thanks to Custom Skateworks.for showing off their free runner sharpening and dual runner profiling Jigs and the Boot punching Jig. The shot blockers make a good case for an all black Skate AND i think may help with people dealing with Lace bite. @HaggertyIm looking at you! Thanks CCM for sending out skates and sticks for us to use. The AS1 skates feel good on my feet but i was wary to skate on them since it was a little tight on the forefoot. I did get to try out the Ribcore and Superfast sticks, and was leaning towards the Ribcore stick in terms of my taste. Thanks Prosharp for showing off the home sharpener. I didn't get a chance to use it as my runners were freshly sharpened but the unit looked Ultra compact for easy portability. Thanks @dkmiller3356 for lighting the fire pit and singeing your arm hair in the process. Ovi may have had his hot stick celly, but you turned in up a notch a la Emerile Lagasse.. BAM ! Thanks to @Agcav33 for chauffeuring me and @215BroadStBullies610 around town and taking us to the Jack Reacher bar. One of the few bars we've been to that has a lawn spigot for a sink, and a random of eclectic candies and other party favors thanks to @KennyWu for bringing the Alexander Keiths! If i had known you were bringing beer, i would have requested a case of steam Whistle too. Things i learned this time around: PNC park has 4 statues that i could find, Willie Stargell, Roberto Clemente, Honus Wagner, and Bill Mazoroski There is a time when there is too many bridges and tunnels can be a bad thing. Just ask my burnt out GPS antennas The nearest Starbucks around Neville island is not at the Mall, but the Mall was nice and we took in a car show too. Warrior needs to make a custom oven mitt for the MSH cookouts and fire pit starter! I need to find the Uber option where the driver is a non-smoker IC light is great in marinades You can never have too many grills going on at the same time The fighting boredom skills learned in the Long Island public school system came in handy keeping @MLSman's son. Hope the finger football doesn't leave a bruise on his forehead. You don't need a massive amp to power your voice Carmody Grill Guitar Gu Speaking of Carmodys grill, if you want to get a lot of a$$ sit in the patio area and sit between the the two large tables. Who knew the burger press would be handy? Not all pierogies taste great , the ones at Cowboy Tequila bar and grill are good but apparantly there is a Pierogi bar around Pittsburgh If you need to confess do it at Church Brewery near the Strip District For anyone that I missed and everyone else thanks for making it a great event !
  15. 4 points
    Liquid Nails for Small Projects.
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    Just got home and wanted to thank JR, Dave, and everyone that made this year another great time!
  17. 4 points
    I imagine that since they've already established that their non-custom top end skates cost $950(2017 1X), they can charge more for their custom skates. If they charged the same as True (950), the consumer would be left wondering if they've been overcharged this whole time for non custom 950$ skates.
  18. 4 points
    I won’t get sucked into a virtual pissing match, not gonna happen. Most people here know what I do and who I do it for. In short, I work in engineering for a very large consumer electronic tech company. Not only that, I am a huge car guy. If you want to use cars as an analogy I will. Bauer is Toyota. They make something for just about everyone. People who want more can buy a Lexus. CCM is Honda, similar to Toyota but slightly different. Those consumers who want more can buy an Acura. True is Alfa Romeo, they do one thing and people who love them really love and will buy nothing else, but they accept their shortcomings. TTFN
  19. 4 points
    ^ ^ ^ ^ adam14 brings up a good point about parents and communication. I'm not sure how it is in "traditional" hockey areas but I'm betting it's similar to the "non-traditional" hockey areas like in the West. I don't know how many parents I have seen criticize or even berate their kid for having a bad game or not doing something right, even though as a parent, they have never coached the game or even played the game and just started getting involved in hockey when their kid decided the wanted to play. The closest they ever got to a real game situation was when the puck came over the glass or a video game. Hockey is a fast, dynamic game and if you have never studied it, coached it or played it is real easy to make comments about what should have been done or why you didn't do something, especially when you have no idea what you are talking about. Things like you didn't back check hard enough on their last goal, even though you were the farthest from the play and on the end of a long shift, didn't you see that guy sneaking down the slot, even though you were near the boards covering the player you were supposed to or why didn't you crash the net right after you passed the puck to the slot and were drilled into the boards. When my kid played I never confronted him about the game as soon as he walked out of the locker room. You have to give a player time to come down from the game and be ready to talk about it. My first question was usually "well how did you think you did". I would let him give himself an honest assessment of the game before I put my two cents worth in. I tried to ask why he did or didn't do something first instead of telling him what I thought he should have done. If he asked my opinion on how he played I would be straight up and honest with him, no sugar coating it. As a player and coach I know how fragile a persons mind set can be and when I gave my opinions it was from my point of view based on my experiences. I know what it's like to have a really good game and a really bad game, to play hurt or sick, get to much ice time or not enough. Being in similar situations helps you know when to talk or just keep quiet. When I coached I always tried to leave it up to the players on their game assessments. I always told the players (and my son his entire life) to look in the mirror and ask yourself if you gave it everything you had. If you can honestly say you did then you have nothing to be upset about. If you didn't, then why? You let yourself and your team down by not giving it everything you had and need to try harder next time.
  20. 4 points
    I always liked these, mostly just because of how wonky they are. I'm happy to see it back.
  21. 4 points
    That’s very well said Chk Hrd. I agree, spending money on your kids sporting activities, doesn’t mean that you are trying to build an athlete that will someday get scholarship offers. It does happen, assume everyone involved in competitive athletics could name someone they feel is driven by that exact thing. I have spent A LOT of money on hockey, will spend a year worth of college this year alone for my daughter. More or less, depending on the school I guess.. I do it because my kids love it….and my wife and I love it. I get to go to Boston, DC, Vermont and Ontario twice this year to watch her play. That’s not even counting trips to Colorado and Idaho/Wyoming/Montana. They are GREAT family trips and we build lifetime memories. I look forward to each one, they are mini family vacations. There are worse ways to spend time and money, than traveling the country with your family watching kids play hockey. No scholarship needed. Son just finished 4 years playing for the University of Utah in the ACHA. Will have his masters in IT this fall and graduates with zero debt. Never touched his college fund for tuition, but did recently as a down payment on a house. If my daughter chooses to go to college, we will pay for it in entirety. Hopefully like her brother, that doesn’t include dipping into her college fund and she uses that as a springboard her post university life.
  22. 4 points
    I think it would be great to get the collective “friends of an NHL eqm’s mother’s aunt who works at a gym and trains the second cousin of an ECHLer who walks their dog with a hockey monkey employee” together in a room to see what kind of absurd gear theories they can come up with. “Trues are actually repainted Megas from 1990” ”A lot of pros use Bauer sticks painted as CCMs” Etc.
  23. 3 points
    Thank you to JR, Erica and the organizers for hosting and prepping such an enjoyable event. Appreciate all the hard work before and after the event. Photos, video, jerseys...wow. It was very interesting to see all the vendors. Custom Skateworks, Monty, Prosharp for participating and answering all my questions. CCM for providing the sticks and skates -- i'll pick up a Jetspeed one day. The gloves from Warrior are beautiful. Dave's a trooper for lighting that fire. I just heard Chris saying "I smell gas..." then bolted. Witnesses say Dave's arm was engulfed in flames? The burgers and wings were great made even better by the scenic view. Matt's famous Mac and Cheese wasn't present, but he shared the reciepe and how it's made (use imagination). :) Also could not complain about the late night pizza call, went well with the beers. Too bad we could't finish the cooler. Will definitely bring a case of Steamwhistle for Gooner next time.
  24. 3 points
    Thank you to everyone who organized the event, the brands who attended the trade show and sent product as well as the other attendees. Dave's fire show was only hilarious because he didn't get seriously hurt. I love that Goon brought his own portable grill. The fact that he's adding black blades to his black skates with black holders is also fitting. The Monty coated blades do seem like a great product though; so that's not a bad decision. It was great catching up with people and meeting new people at the cookout - I wish we would've made it there earlier, but traffic was backed up for at least 2 hours between Mississauga and Hamilton before the Skyway on Friday (when we finally got to the Skyway we saw a couple police vehicles and trucks in one lane, but all other lanes were open. Rubberneckers just slowed things to a crawl!). I unfortunately had to get back to Toronto for Sunday morning so couldn't stay for the dinner (and the Skyway near Hamilton struck again for a delay as they had 2 lanes closed due to construction, but it wasn't as bad as on the way there). Monty's coating definitely looks high quality and it was great to see it in person. The Custom Skateworks tools were innovative and the shot blockers looked streamlined and could be easily trimmed for various applications. The Prosharp home machine looked portable and easy to use. I'm used to FBV and didn't want to go back to a standard hollow, but it looked to produce quality results. All the rings there were standard hollows, but I saw in the catalogue that Z channel rings were also available for the machine. It was great being able to try the CCM sticks. The AS1 skates were light, stiff and appeared to be very well mad. I tried them on, but didn't try them on the ice because only D widths were available and they just squeezed my wide forefeet too tightly (the heel area felt very good though - really locked in without being too tight). If wide models were available, I definitely would've tried them. I had a great time as usual - my only real regrets are not carving out more time to spend in Pittsburgh and the terrible traffic near the Skyway both ways, but only one of those two things were within my control. And while I've enjoyed all the SJ host cities, it was great that a new city was introduced this summer. I think going to new places that make logistic sense is fantastic. A couple potential locations I'd love to see SJ go to in the future are Montreal and Niagara Falls. Montreal with the nightlife, but possible tours of nearby hockey research facilities would be amazing and there are plenty of great hockey facilities. Niagara Falls has a tonne of activities (games, fun houses, Casinos, mini-golf ect.) in such a small town and does have a really nice 4 pad facility called the Gale Centre where I've reffed tournament games.
  25. 3 points
    Howdy, Replying only to a sliver of that (good) post... Around here it seems like house / rec teams for kids are becoming more popular. I see two drivers, either the financial/parent commitment level or the kid's commitment level. Its a WHOLE lot more affordable for a parent to sign up for a session of "kids play for an hour at the local rink on Saturday morning), both financially and time commitment-wise. And that also seems to map reasonably well to kids who like playing hockey, but don't want to devote every waking minute of their lives to it. I think that's a really good development for the sport in general. A lower commitment rec team like that is good just on its own, but it also can be a gateway for a kid to discover he loves the sport and wants to commit more, can provide the kid that's crazy about hockey another chance to play during the week, etc. Root Beer League is a good name for it. :-) Mark




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