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2nhockey

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  1. 2nhockey

    Lacebite From Powerskating

    The extenders on my skates are a little bigger than the ones Colin’s put together. Also mine are set to cover 3 sets of eyelets. So I haven’t been on the ice in 2 weeks and still I have bruises and swelling... was hoping to get on the ice this weekend to try out the extensions but that doesn’t appear to be likely. Does anybody have a source for the rubber band in the video? Seems bands are a common recommendation for a lot of but I don’t know where to get them.
  2. 2nhockey

    Lacebite From Powerskating

    I went to a boot repair shop and they used a single piece of leather and fit it to eyelet 3, 4, and 5 (curved part of the boot). As soon as I can find some ice I’m going to try it out. It looks good in theory. I have concerns about the leather holding up but we’ll see.
  3. 2nhockey

    Lacebite From Powerskating

    That looks very good and works on the curve of the boot. What material did you use?
  4. Yeah, don’t wait. If you can do some basic skating then go to drop in. Maybe wait for league play but I’d advocate drop in now. It’s been my experience the guys at drop in are more than willing to slow their play, especially in the off season, to help new players out.
  5. 2nhockey

    Lacebite From Powerskating

    Yeah, just to follow up on that... so I called the closest thing I have to an LHS (6 hours away) and he understood what I was trying to accomplish and the problem I was having. He looked at the Great Saves product and cautioned it looked like it wasn’t meant to go on the curve part of my boot where my troubles were (eyelets 3-6). Any thoughts on that? i also talked to someone that really knows his stuff up in Minneapolis and he knew what I was talking about and said he’d only ever seen them on custom skates. Thanks for the help.
  6. 2nhockey

    Lacebite From Powerskating

    Really appreciate the advice and feedback. Not exactly sure how to conduct a proper pencil test but what I did... pulled my laces and flopped the tongues out of the way. Put the skates on barefoot then tried to get my foot as deep in the skate as I could, then slid a pencil down the skate feeling for contact. Counting from the top on my left skate there was contact on eyelets 3, 4, and 5. On my right skate, which had (and still has) the bigger bruise, there was contact on eyelets 3, 4, 5, and 6. No LHS here but my daughter has a tournament coming up in Minneapolis and there are shops there. Are lace extenders a ‘while you wait’ operation or is it pretty involved? Should I send the skates off? Is there a measurement process? Thanks again for the help. Much appreciated.
  7. I’m a pretty new, self taught player. I went thru the local rink’s Learn to Skate classes, then I jumped onto a developmental team and started playing league games (once a week for about 2-3 months). Then I played a full season on the developmental team (once a week for probably 5 months). During that time I played drop-in 2-3 times a week and would occasionally do stick-and-puck or open skates. So my skating has come a long ways. I still struggle with certain things (backwards crossunders at speed for example) but I am a competent skater in my league. In an effort to get better (in my 40’s so no prospect of college or pro hockey - I play hockey for myself to satisfy my competitive needs and stay in shape) I finally decided to go to a Laura Stamm clinic (next oldest skater was 12, so that was fun). Learned a ton about my skates and I hope I’ll emerge as a stronger skater for it. No ice locally for another 2-3 weeks so I can’t practice my moves like Jagr for a bit. The camp was 2 hours per day on ice running various edge work drills. I have been in my skates for a year and never had pain, discomfort or hot spots etc. I lace my skates (Bauer Supreme 180’s) one eyelet down, cotton laces snug, bordering on loose. On the second day of camp I had egg sized bruises on the front of both feet/ankles at about the point where the boot transitions from ‘foot’ to ‘ankle’. Someone told me that was lacebite. Wasn’t super painful but was bothersome. I got some A&R lacebite gel pads and put them in for the last day of camp. Didn’t seem to make a difference. Today, about a week later, the bruises are a little smaller but turning kind of yellow/green. Apparently I have lacebite issues. What is the best way to prevent this going forward? Remember I don’t crank my laces down. Also, is it only an issue because of the unique stresses and time on the ice for camp or can I expect more of this? Is it possible my skates/tongue just needs replaced? Thanks for any wisdom!
  8. As I continue to play and improve I am starting to evaluate my gear more critically. I’m working on my sticks now. Last season I used a True TC4 curve and for the most part it was ok. It did most things ok for me except sauce. Whenever I’m trying to sauce the puck would flutter and frequently would bounce, rendering my passes useless. So I recently spent some time with an Easton E36 curve and I didn’t like it. I couldn’t do anything well except puck handle. I sure couldn’t lift the puck without thinking about it. So last couple of weeks I have been trying a CCM P19 curve and it does everything real well for me. It sauces great, I can backhand well, and it shoots great for me. Of course I now know P19’s don’t exist any more. So, what curve for me? Somebody recommended a Warrior Pacioretty curve. Not a super common curve but if I can find one... does anybody else have a curve recommendation? A P30 looks kind of close to what I’m after (P19). Can anyone confirm? thanks for any help!
  9. 2nhockey

    Supreme Skates

    I didn’t know the liner was repairable.
  10. 2nhockey

    Supreme Skates

    Hey, fellas - Last summer I replaced my CCM 46K’s with some Bauer Supreme S180’s. I’m really happy with the 180’s in terms of comfort. My one gripe with them is the liners on both sides of both skates on the top 2 eyelets has worn away to nothing. I haven’t even had them for a year. I play beer league once a week and I play drop-in once or twice a week. I wear my shins over my tongues. Is this rapid wear to be expected? Second question... I think I should replace the skates. Except for the liner wear I am pretty happy with the skates though I wish there was a little more impact protection. What would I be giving up by going with the S170’s? Thanks!
  11. There is an ECHL team here and they do get 2-3 thousand people per game. But they aren’t doing well. Had an affiliation with Phoenix, lost that, then were affiliated with Minnesota and lost that. Last season they played unaffiliated and had to go to the city to get money to stay in operation and then later sold to an outside investment group. So even getting a few thousand people thru the doors and selling a few jerseys isn’t enough. At least not in this market.
  12. 2nhockey

    Widest Skates

    2 skates ago he was in an old CCM and he loved it. Wish I could find a bigger version of those. That would've been a size 5.5. Now he's in 8EE Supremes, and they are too short and too narrow so I am placing an order for size 9EE Vapors now. Yeah, the Vaugh cowling is a look only a mother could love, but price and sizing options are sending me to Bauer, and if Vapors are wider... guess I'm ordering Vapors.
  13. 2nhockey

    Widest Skates

    Why no interest in CCM's? Just satisfied with Bauer, or...?
  14. 2nhockey

    Widest Skates

    Strange, but thanks for the help! No LHS - we have to mail order. Actually kind of leaning to CCM Tacks right now, even with the cowling. Is that a pretty wide skate? Never thought of that on the tabs, but... he needs a longer skate, too so it is just time for new skates.
  15. 2nhockey

    Widest Skates

    Thank you. Son has super extra wide feet. Currently in Bauer Supreme 170 EE's but he says he wants just a bit wider. Maybe we'll try some True if I can find them.


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