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clarkiestooth last won the day on January 9 2018

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  1. I'm looking at this from a different perspective. I'm an instructor with guys from the Swedish national program. When players "wash out", it comes down to 2 things: core strength and technique. Sharpness/hollow have nothing to do with it. When a kid goes into puberty, core strength/weight ratio goes down, as does flexibility.
  2. clarkiestooth

    Custom Skates: CCM vs. Bauer vs. True

    I think in your case, use your last skate purchase as a learning experience. Get properly fitted at a shop that knows what they are doing. A mid level skate that fits will be WAY better then a top level skate that does not. You can't go wrong with CCM or Bauer these days, as long as you get the proper fit. As you experienced, you can't cut corners on fitting.
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    Best skate sock?

    Elite Pro-Liner Coolmax skate socks. Ten bucks at IceWarehouse. I searched through many a sock to find something this thin yet durable. They used to be branded CCM. I bought 3 pairs in case they discontinued them.
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    2019-2020 Gear Sightings

    That Canucks jersey is one of the nicest in the league.
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    SWOT - Super Light Senior Shoulder Pad

    If you're going to wear shoulder pads , you might as well wear ones that offer protection. For $50, these don't look very protective ( no sternum guard, no real bicep/tricep/deltoid protection). You can still find new Bauer X700 out there for $30-$35. I'd go that route.
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    Depth of hollow and speed/effort

    We have a saying, " if your skates feel dull, bend your knees more." It's a simple statement, but true. You're probably able to go to a shallower hollow after your skating lessons because you're bending your knees more and have better form. Personally, I'm 5' 10.5"/ 168 lb, and use 3/4 hollow.
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    Stiffness of skates

    Heal lock helps with edge planting and edge feel. The flexible tendon guards on today's skates help do what you're talking about: allow easier full straightening of the pushing leg, thus facilitating the toe flick.
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    Stiffness of skates

    Ideal stiffness is dependent upon the skater. It depends on the players ability (generally, more powerful skaters like a stiffer boot). The player needs to be able to flex forward and bend the knees for proper stride. For example, a Bauer Supreme 2S would be too much skate for a weak/intermediate skater, while a Bauer Supreme 180 would probably enable him to have a better stride. That's the short version.
  9. It's a long season. Look what the Blues did.
  10. clarkiestooth

    ccm custom skates

    With the CCM custom program, is the fit also customizable? For example, in Bauer I have a "Supreme 1S" foot shape, not a Vapor (lace bite). If I have a Super Tack foot shape, could I get a FT2 skate with a fit for me?
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    CCM FV1 Full Face Visor

    To me, it seems identical to the Bauer one, with the exception that the fasteners are made to fit the CCM helmets, unlike the Bauer bubble.
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    Assistant coaching and Psychology

    First off, you don't have to be a great player to be a great coach. In fact, most of the time the best coaches weren't the best players. The way to earn the players' respect is to show them you know what you're doing and you serve a purpose on the ice. Before the first practice, get with the coach and go over the drills, and what he is looking to accomplish in each exercise. Then ask him what the key components are for each drill. There will only be a few teaching points in each drill. Know them. When you see player not executing, pull him aside and help him. Watch the same player do the next rep of the drill. If he improves on the component, congratulate him. Repeat. Before long, you will work your way into the team when they see you add value.
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    Is this a real CCM PMT trigger 2

    A lot of Trigger pro stock sticks come without the concave shaft.
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    Reebok/CCM Pro glove codes

    HG= hockey glove HG12 model is the most commonly used NHL model, even though it's been dc'd for years.
  15. I teach at a skills camp and have never worn any protective gear, just skates/gloves/stick and, depending on where the camp is, helmet. As I get older, and hopefully wiser, I'm looking for some minimal but effective padding for hip/tailbone/elbows/knees. What are you guys wearing? I'm thinking about some non-hockey specific gear.