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Davideo last won the day on July 21 2018

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  1. Davideo

    How should this 3 vs 2 been played?

    It seems that 25 likely have stepped up in the neutral zone to break up the pass, but as he would also have to change direction it would be a bit risky as he likely couldn't have cleanly intercepted the puck and there is a reasonable chance the winger can pick it up and go in 2 on 1. I'm guessing it would have successfully broken up the play, but given the somewhat lower intensity of the game in general, it isn't surprising the move isn't made. 25 being too late to turn is the only clear "error" in my opinion. A second earlier and he could drive the forward behind the net or at least to a sharp angle, poor percentage shot with no opportunity to cut in front of the net. The forward didn't make much of a move, just blew past the D. That being said, I've seen much worse D performance...
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    TRUE 6.0 ABP Shaft

    It's been about 6 years since the last shaft review, so I figured one was due. Background: I have played hockey for nearly 30 years, topping out as an ACHA club player and now just in pickup/adult league. As someone who breaks blades but very rarely breaks a shaft using a two piece makes more sense to me. It is also much easier/cheaper to experiment with different curves. I have not tried any Base shafts but starting from Easton aluminum's have used quite a few different shafts from a number of manufacturers. The performance and feel of a shaft is obviously strongly correlated with the blade being used. I've used a few, but settled on using a TRUE blade as well as that seemed to have the best overall feel and performance. Though in general I think my comments hold if using different blades. Specs: TRUE 6.0 ABP Shaft - Flex 75 Usage: ~2 Seasons and still going strong (I have been told that differences with the latest version are minor to non-existent). Weight: I've never been one to pay all to much attention (see usage of Easton aluminum shafts 20 years ago...) but it compares well to other higher end sticks. Total weight of course matters greatly which blade you put on. Performance: I'm mostly of the opinion that once you get to around the mid-range of sticks there isn't much difference going higher in price, and things like flex, feel, weight, balance, etc. become more important. It is definitely the highest performing shaft I have used. Flex profile can be very specific to the individual, but the flex profile works very well for me. It is advertised as a variable kick point and works quite well across the board: passing, wrist shot, snap shot, slap shot, one timer, etc. I broke a blade the other day and had to switch to my backup with a Bauer shaft. The difference in flex and feel were very noticeable, and much worse. Durability: I've used the shaft for almost 2 seasons now, which I would estimate to be about 200 hours of ice time. It has some scuffs, scapes, and dings, but nothing that seems to be affecting things in any way. With the exception of Base, it seems most equipment manufacturers have either stopped manufacturing shafts or at least stopped caring about putting out the best product possible. In my opinion, TRUE does still care and puts out a top-notch product. I know the market is quite small, but I'm very glad that they do. Before I found the TRUE shaft I had started trying some one pieces thinking I'd have to make the switch as they were much better than the shafts I was using, but the TRUE shaft changed that for me and I personally don't think I would gain much by using more expensive one pieces.
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    Red Dog Hockey Boost

    Is it just me or do the pictures in the thread just look they were taken at later points in the stride? Note the position and angle of the blade on the ice.
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    Lacebite From Powerskating

    You are correct that there is no different in volume. However, my theory is that it changes slightly where the laces dig into the foot, temporarily lessening the pain. Either that or it's completely placebo.
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    Does tape protect your blade?

    Why did taping the toe first become popular? 20 years ago it seemed pretty uncommon. Did it have to do with the introduction of composite sticks/blades?
  6. Davideo

    Old Silver Easton Synergy Question

    Compared to pre-Synergy wood or aluminum sticks, pucks will fly off any modern stick. For kicks I pulled out one of my aluminum sticks from my college days (just around when the Synergy came out). It was pretty much terrible in all respects compared current sticks. Correction, it has a lot of heft making it much better for slashing I would recommend two pieces or lower to mid end sticks to experiment and get what you like dialed in. Then when you figure out the curve, flex, kick-point, etc. go slightly nicer if you want.
  7. I find significant improvements in hockey equipment to be quite infrequent. I stopped playing competitively a dozen years ago and my gear from then was not much worse than what you can get now. Sticks rapidly improved in function and durability the first handful of years when one pieces came out, but the last half a dozen of years there hasn't been much improvement. I've heard helmets have improved, but for no check, I don't really care about that. Stuff is lighter, but often trivially so. Seems most yearly updates are a color change and "upgrade" from SUPER ProTec Foam to ELITE ProTec Foam! So in summary, I don't see much reason to upgrade when you get your gear dialed in. And even playing pretty regularly most stuff should last a few years. I do get excited by certain older gear in good shape. Old Eagle gloves, CCM HT2 helmet that must be paired with a Jofa 381 cage (currently looking for a black one, much harder to find than white), NOS righty senior replacement stick blades in an acceptable curve (seems like they are as rare as hen's teeth these days), game worn or practice jerseys from the '90's, etc.
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    Made in Canada Pucks

    Our rink got some cheap pucks a few years ago that chipped and split very easily. I'm not sure what exactly made them different, but they were really bad.
  9. Used pro-stock stuff is typically pretty beefy and often inexpensive.
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    2018-2019 Gear Sightings

    Bump. Does anyone know why he would do that?
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    Looking for advice on skates

    In my limited experience, baking and breaking in a skate compresses the foams a bit and should open up a little more room. And I would strongly recommend against using skates that are too big.
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    Can anyone identify these shoulder pads?

    Don't have a name, but my first reaction upon seeing the picture and before reading your post was "those look like motocross pads"
  13. Would definitely recommend a shooting pad and a net/board.
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    Extreme Foot Pain on Outsides of Feet

    My feet are borderline between regular and wide (depending on the model) and your description exactly describes the pain if the skates are slightly too narrow or tied too tight. Just one anecdotal data point. But I might stick with the waxed laces and leave the first few eyelets loose. With waxed it should mostly stay like that, with regular laces I would think the "looseness" will just spread.
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    2018-2019 Gear Sightings

    Do the Kings require them to wear shot blockers on their skates? Or do they all just happen to have them?