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YesLanges last won the day on July 13 2017

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About YesLanges

  • Birthday 08/09/1961


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    Take a wild guess
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    CCM-RBZ Stage 2 Hossa P40, H11, or Zlobin Pattern
  • Gloves
    Cooper Pro circa 1975 & CCM 5-Roll HG135S circa 1985
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    CCM Pro Standards circa Late 70s
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    Cooper HP-18s circa 1978 and CCM Supra 610s & 630s circa 1990
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    Bauer 600s with shoulder caps and biceps pads swapped from Jofa 8400s
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    Jofa 9144s, 8066s, and 8044s
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    Jofa 5500s
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    CCM 32" and Larger Generic Duffle Bag

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    Physical Fitness, Thinking, Animals, and Strippers...not necessarily in that order.
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  1. YesLanges

    Hands on with Marsblade Ice Holder...

    Any update on this, Santos?
  2. Unfortunately, it's not atypical at all, because a perfect match between left and right on retail skates is probably more the exception than the rule. At least when they're both straight relative to the longitudinal axis of each boot, your body usually adapts to a slight mismatch in the distance to the boot edges the same way it does when you make other slight changes that don't necessarily affect one foot or the other individually. When they're not even even straight relative to the longitudinal axis of the boot they're on, I think that's much more of a problem that requires a fix, especially if you notice that it makes a difference and causes you issues on one skate that you don't have on the other. In that case, you might be lucky that they're also mismatched relative to the edges of the boot because that leaves the shop a little more room to work with if you have one holder moved to match the other. If they're already perfectly matched in the distances to the edges of the boot except for one being crooked, it's a lot harder to shift it over because there isn't enough room for brand new holes in the bottom of the boot that aren't so close to the original holes that they create larger misshaped holes when they drill new ones. There probably is a way to fix it that one of the skate-repair experts will explain, but it's probably a lot of work.
  3. YesLanges

    Hands on with Marsblade Ice Holder...

    Hopefully, they're just wrong about that. Any chance he'd redo the test after letting you do his normal profile on them?
  4. YesLanges

    Hands on with Marsblade Ice Holder...

    That doesn't sound too good, but thanks for the update. Maybe I'm lucky they don't seem to have a record of the 2nd set I ordered. Any idea when they're going to be shipping these? The latest update over the summer said end of October. Did you profile his steels to match his regular profile before he tested them? Only asking because his comments would probably be similar if he switched from his custom profile to a stock profile. Nothing you don't know better than I do...just asking.
  5. YesLanges

    Does taping the toe really protect the blade?

    Ditto. It helps tremendously by protecting the toe when you dig pucks off the boards and it extends the life of the tape job with that layer running under the bottom edge of the whole blade. Obviously, it's not going to add any protection from snapping, but it will definitely keep the blade from chipping and wearing down at the toe's front edge. I started doing that after destroying the edge of the toe on a brand new stick in 1 game and after I saw how some of the used pro-stock sticks I bought had apparently been taped by professional trainers.
  6. That definitely makes him someone whose intuitive thoughts about it are valuable; but he'll also know that it's very tough to draw any conclusions derived from females to males on this particular topic because of the known greater vulnerability to ACL injuries in females relating to what I believe they refer to as the "Q angle" associated with wider hips. That's something that's been well-established in the literature. My guess is that the amount of blade on the ice (or wheel surfaces on the floor), knee bend, and the amount of time that a stride leaves the blade or wheels in contact with the skating surface will be the most important variables, with pitch only contributing indirectly as a function of one or more of those variables.
  7. Your buddy probably meant that there's no right or wrong answer only as a general principle, where pitch is an isolated variable (i.e. without knowing or considering anything else about the skater in question). I'd expect that he'd agree that, in terms of pitch, the safest angle for ACL and other knee issues would probably be whatever angle represents the most natural preference of an experienced skater and that changing that angle now would be less safe for that skater. A skater whose natural pitch is forward and who's been skating that way for years would probably be more likely to injure his ACL by changing that angle, especially during the time that he's first adapting to it. If anything, I'd imagine he'd say that it might be the flat-footed, stand-up skater who'd want to consider pitching more forward to protect his knees rather than the other way around.
  8. I don't skate on wheels, but I have an ACL repair and I think anything that increases knee bend is safer for your ACL than anything that reduces knee bend. The only time I've ever felt a twinge on the ice and felt the need to get my skate off the ice to protect my knee is where my legs weren't bent much and someone either leaned on me in the slot or otherwise forced me to shift my weight on fairly straight legs with weight on that leg when I wasn't expecting or planning to shift my weight. Other than that, as mentioned, anything that increases the amount of time your foot is planted with weight on it increases the risk of an ACL injury, although more indirectly, (such as where you have to react or where someone forces you to shift your weight) versus directly (such as from the normal forces generated by your natural stride). I use a very aggressive forward pitch and I believe that the risk to your ACL increases with the amount of time you spend leaning less forward, especially if your stride is more naturally forward.
  9. YesLanges

    How do you film your hockey games?

    Tough to beat a wife willing to stand by the glass all game, but compare her reaction to goals in 2014 and 2018. 2014 (7 Red): https://www.dropbox.com/home/Good Ol Boys games/Boys vs. BS%26B 2-9-15?preview=Chas+Blue+Moon+from+Dave+%26+Steve.mp4 2018 (21 Green): https://www.dropbox.com/home/Mallards vs. Aces 5-30-18?preview=video-2018-05-30-21-21-38.mp4
  10. YesLanges

    Time to officially hang em up?

    Don't toss your shit, because you never know when you might change your mind; just put in storage or whatever. You really never know when the itch might hit you again. I'm 57 and sorry I didn't play at all between 28 and 53; I never really stopped intentionally: I just skipped a season, which became 2 seasons...and then 25 seasons. Started thinking about it in 2013 because there was a new rink that opened up right near me (since closed for good) and the wife and I started talking about hockey during the Winter Olympics that year. You may just decide to skate for the workout someday or get on the ice with your kids if you end up having any and you're going to hate having to get all new shit because you tossed yours out. Right now, I'm sidelined with a badly herniated L-2/L-3 disk and my main concern about it is just getting the F back on the ice; I'm just hoping this doesn't cost me more than one 6-month season. It happened 7 weeks ago and I'm hoping to be able to start skating on my own again after 3-6 months and then be ready to play again by next April or May. Had to withdraw from my team and miss the whole second half of the season that just ended. The 50+ league I've played in for the last 4 years is mostly the same 90 or 100 guys split up into 6 different teams every 6 months. It's very cool to know and play with and against the same core group of guys every season for years, even if you don't really hang out with any of them outside of seeing everybody at games and sticks & pucks when any of them has the time to practice during the week. I tend to be very outgoing within any group I'm already organically a part of but practically a loner-hermit otherwise and totally self-sufficient and content never to go out of my way to socialize at all (unless you count strippers). Social connection was the last thing on my mind when I started playing again, but I have to admit that I do miss that aspect of it, now that I'm out.
  11. YesLanges

    Why No Laces?

    We're not really disagreeing. Anytime you change something about your skates (or do anything athletically that's new to you, more generally), the muscles involved will work differently and in ways that are new to them and they'll get sore in places reflecting those differences until they adapt. As they become used to it, the soreness goes away. It's not that they don't also become stronger in the process; but the critical difference between being able to balance on an edge without support and not being able to isn't really a matter of the strength of those muscles, per se. If it were, in principle, you'd also be able to improve your skating without laces by exercising those same muscles on a weight machine designed to provide resistance in every plane of ankle movement. That's not the case, and all the targeted ankle-strength resistance training in the world wouldn't enable you drop eyelets and skate as well as lacing them up, because what you're really doing with this kind of thing is training your brain and your brain-muscle connection, rather than strengthening muscles, exactly as you describe right here: This is all I'm saying: the critical component here is neurological learning rather than increased muscular strength of the muscles involved.
  12. YesLanges

    Why No Laces?

    Take it from someone who comes from as far from that as anybody could ever get, that the less ankle support you can practice with the better it will be for your skating. The sooner in your development you do it, the better, because your skating won't have to get worse first without the support before you see benefits. For someone my age who relied on a lot of lateral ankle support from day one, it would probably not be possible to relearn to skate without support and ever expect to skate much better than someone who first learns to skate in his 50's. I'm amazed at your description, because if I took out my laces, I would LITERALLY not be able to walk across the dressing room, let alone get on the ice to try "careful stops" NFW. It's not that you can skate better without laces; it's that if you learn to skate without a lot of lateral support, you can get onto and get more out of your edges in every respect. You can also flex both your knees and your ankles more, and probably open your hips more, too. But you don't go right to lace-free skating; and that's not the way you should try to incorporate the idea into your training. What you want to do is reduce the lateral support gradually and only after you're already able to skate as well as possible (for you) at your current support level, or if you haven't started yet, at the first support level that you drop down to from whatever you're most comfortable with now. Lace-free would be the final level but most of the benefit is already reached by the time you're skating comfortably and playing with the top one or two eyelets not laced up. There's a guy who played for the Kings in the 80s (Daryl Evans) who coaches and plays in AHL Alumni games with his tongues flopping forward and curling over his toe caps. We get it, Daryl: you can skate without laces; you can tuck your tongues into your skates and loosely tie a few eyelets and also avoid a stupid injury from catching a pass on the bare foot. Just tie a little looser and/or skip an eyelet at the top and try to increase the loosening once your comfortable at the previous step. Some of us have had this discussion in many different contexts, but it's not really "ankle strength" that's at issue. The Muscles are involved but it's really the neuromuscular connection between brain and muscles that provide critical balance at different levels. When your nervous system has to fire the small muscles near your ankle regularly, it lays down neural pathways that become thicker and stronger, involving more nerves in a larger network communicating signals to and from your brain to balance you. That's the main change that occurs in body tissue, not the muscles in your legs and feet, What's usually referred to as "strong ankles" in connection with skating are more accurately described as well-coordinated ankles. Try loosening up a bit for part of practice sessions until you feel comfortable enough that way to play a game; then continue repeating that process by going progressively looser as you get more and more comfortable with less lateral support. I'm not a bad skater with my taped-locked ankles; but I'd be a much better skater today if I'd hung in there without taping up at 14 as a shortcut to faster improvement than I was making at that time without tape, taking my time to build up to skating well with less support. No. 10 in Maroon. https://www.dropbox.com/home/red vs white 10-23-16?preview=20161023_210649.mp4
  13. YesLanges

    hip arthroscopy and hockey

    Scott Marwin is the guy I'd have do it; he uses a direct lateral approach. But I'm still hoping to go as long as possible without it. Played well tonight and feel pretty good so far; will have a better idea sleeping tonight and seeing how it feels tomorrow. I'm amazed that you were skating again in August. One of my teammates also started skating again only 2 or 3 months after his resurfacing and he was playing again in 6 months. I know that's not me, though: slow healer and I'd need to be back in whole-body shape first, not just skating. I feel like I'll be lucky to be playing again after a full year.
  14. YesLanges

    hip arthroscopy and hockey

    I'm also a candidate for THR, but I've been trying to postpone it as long as possible by limiting my skating time, always using the door instead of hopping over the boards, and doing my hip exercises on my gym leg days. It hadn't been bothering me for the last 2 years until a couple of weeks ago because I gradually started skating too much again, between my own games, subbing for other teams in my league, and sticks & pucks once or twice a week. Skipped my last 2 games to rest the last 8 days hoping it would calm down again. Got a game tonight. If it's still an issue, going to rest 2 full weeks this time and hope it goes back to where it was until it flared up again. If I do it, it's going to be Birmingham resurfacing instead of THR; but I'm scared shitless about any major surgery where they paralyze you, because of the nightmare scenario of anesthesia failure with no way to communicate that you're awake and feeling everything. (It's rare, but if you're one of the thousands of people to whom it happens annually,* the fact that it's "rare" isn't much help while you're the one enduring something as bad as any Medieval torture for 2 hours.) I'm also pretty sure that it will be at least a full year before I'd be playing again and I dread having to start all over (again), so just trying my best to appreciate and enjoy playing as much as possible right now. *[Just trust me on this so I don't have to dig up links to the the peer-reviewed JAMA and NEJM studies. It does happen, and much more often than anybody considering surgery would like to believe.]
  15. YesLanges

    Marsblade Ice Holder

    Gotchya. I didn't notice any difference between the feel of the Bauer NXGs and the Grafs, myself. I was amazed at how much better the lateral support was compared to the old Supremes and Tacks, but I just couldn't find a happy medium in those new boots that allowed me enough lateral support without limiting my forward ankle flex. If I tied them tightly enough for lateral support, I couldn't bend my knees; and if I left them looser, I didn't have enough lateral support to stop and cross under confidently.