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FlyChicaga

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  1. FlyChicaga

    Wearing a Mask in Beer League?

    I have been in a visor for the past 12-15 years. I'd occasionally throw on a cage for a came after a close call, but then I'd hate it and revert back to the visor. I had some cuts and fat lips, but thankfully no lost teeth. I just love the vision with the visor. That said, I just recently went back to a cage. I play defense in C leagues, and I found I was getting less and less aggressive on D, for fear of having a puck ride up and get me right in the mouth. Also, I was less interested in board battles after several errant sticks and elbows caught me in the face. I finally decided enough was enough, I'm going with the cage, so I can focus on the game and stop worrying about protecting my mouth. Since I did, I've been more relaxed and enjoying my games a lot more. I just can't trust guys won't sail a puck high on a shot, or swing their stick around like a madman. When I was playing with a bunch of skilled guys in drop-ins, I was much less concerned, since guys shots were controlled and the great majority wore visors, so they controlled their sticks. I'd say wear whatever the heck you want. Just understand the consequences of wearing one thing versus another.
  2. FlyChicaga

    Improper steel size

    Surprisingly, the 272 fit in the 280 holder. It's just that the curved ends of the blade aren't as close to the ends of the holder (4mm per side basically). So I'm unsure if I'll trip and fall in a tight turn due to that difference.
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    Improper steel size

    I have a feeling I'm going to get blasted asking this question, but I have to anyways. I picked up a pair of CCM skates with Tuuk LS Edge holders, coming from Bauer 1S skates with the same. I have been running two sets of Step Blacksteel in my 1S skates, with a size 272 runner. The new CCM skates have a 280 holder. I have size 280 Blacksteel on order, but it will not be here in time for my game this weekend. Can I get away with the 272 in the 280 holder for just one C-level men's league game? Or should I grab a set of non-Blacksteel steel for this one game and just use as backup steel down the line?
  4. FlyChicaga

    Getting credit for Assists

    I don't particularly care about goals/assists, even though our league keeps them and posts them online. I will say though that I appreciate as a defenseman when we're recognized for assists on nice breakout passes. Earlier this season I made a breakout pass from in front of our goal line, off the boards and right on to the tape of our leading scorer at the opposing blue line. The ref actually skated down to our bench and asked who made that pass, because he wanted to make sure we got the assist for such a nice play. I really appreciated that. Playing D, we don't get much "glory," so you take what you can get. That's also why I silently keep track of my plus/minus each game, just as a small way to know what kind of game I'm having that night. If we win 7-2, and I'm a +6, I leave the game feeling pretty good that our D pairing contributed to the win even if we had no recorded points.
  5. FlyChicaga

    Clear Plastic Pieces in OPS

    Thanks JR. I'm excited to use this curve, didn't want to return it.
  6. FlyChicaga

    Clear Plastic Pieces in OPS

    I did, I'll see if I can upload somehow.
  7. FlyChicaga

    Clear Plastic Pieces in OPS

    It's a CCM Trigger. I should add that it's flexible, like dried glue/caulk.
  8. I just ordered a pro stock stick from HockeyMonkey. When I received it, there were little shards of clear/milky plastic on the inside. I removed the end cap and they all dumped out. When I bang the stick on the ground, more seem to come loose. Is this some type of glue on the interior of the stick breaking apart, or is the stick faulty? I'm not sure if I should send it back or if it's a non-issue. Thoughts?
  9. FlyChicaga

    Bauer discontinuing Supreme?

    A post above talked about CCM versus Bauer. I used to be in all Bauer... helmet, sticks, skates, etc. etc., except shoulder pads. It started with shin pads, then pants, then gloves, and now I'm in everything CCM minus skates. I like the fit and feel of CCM equipment, and I especially like how clean and simple a lot of their gear is. Bauer is so flashy with their odd retail color schemes and what I call "reflective" pants. Maybe I'm old school. I agree that manufacturers need to streamline their stick and skate lines into different price points, instead of being all over the map. Prices are outrageous at retail when you can get pro stock sticks from various sites for $100-200 less.
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    Foot Pain - Skate Punching?

    As a follow up... I really just couldn't take the pain anymore, so I spent $5 and had my skates stretched at my LHS. I was a little concerned when I got my right skate back as it was noticeably larger than it was previous. However, on the ice I am not experiencing the same pain as I was before. The skate feels a little more "roomy," so it is going to take a few skates to get used to. My foot still is planted and secured, but it isn't as tight as it was before so I felt a bit unsure at first. All things considered I'm happy I had them stretched... I'm not a pro player and I'm getting older, so any small decrease in performance is OK as long as I can walk comfortably the following day after a game.
  11. FlyChicaga

    Ultra Tacks shins vs Super Tacks

    Nothing noticeable
  12. FlyChicaga

    Foot Pain - Skate Punching?

    Thanks for all the responses. I'm going to try rolling out my feet before and after a skate, to see if maybe it's not a skate issue, but a foot issue. I currently use Powerfeet inserts, and have for over a year. Not only do I like how it pushes my toes down, it's also more comfortable when I inevitably take shots off the front of my skate (I play D).
  13. FlyChicaga

    Ultra Tacks shins vs Super Tacks

    I have the Ultra Tacks Pro, and purchased (but never used on ice) Super Tacks Pro (both pro stock models of top-end shins). I like the Ultra Tacks a lot better. They are wider at the base in my opinion, and sit better on my shin. I wear my shins over tongue, and the Super Tacks I had pushed away from my shin, leaving a gap. I have had two pairs of pro stock Ultra Tacks, and I have stood in front of a LOT of shots with them. Never had an issue at all. Probably the best shin pads I've ever used. I ended up selling the Super Tacks before ever using them on the ice. One other thing of note: The Super Tacks pro stock shins I bought had the hole in the knee, just like the retail version. My Ultra Tacks pro shins do not, and have felt covering the knee. I find that much more comfortable, since my knee wasn't hitting the D3O foam directly.
  14. FlyChicaga

    Foot Pain - Skate Punching?

    I am using fairly thin socks (Bauer 37.5), and Superfeet Carbon insoles. I’ll try to upload pictures. I may see if my LHS can re bake my right skate. I didn’t like the Bauer Speed plates nor the regular footbeds; any other suggestions besides Superfeet for good insoles?
  15. I bought Bauer 1S skates a few months ago after doing the Bauer 3D scan, which down the line told me I should be in the Supreme line (I wore Vapor prior, but was getting pain in my forefoot). After ditching my Vapor skates, I was in CCM 70K, which were SUPER comfortable, but I felt some movement in the heel which I didn't like. I also didn't feel like I had the responsiveness that I do in the 1S. I love these 1S... my skating and maneuverability have improved immensely. However, I'm getting a lot of pain on my right foot in the ball of the foot every time I skate. I do not get this pain in the left side at all. The pain then travels to the center of my foot. By the end of a two-hour skate session, it hurts to turn and stop on that foot. Since I'm not getting any semblance of pain in the left foot from these skates, I don't believe I'm in the wrong skate, or the wrong size. These skates actually feel like they fit like a glove. Would getting the right skate punched in the forefoot help alleviate this problem? I'm cautious about doing anything to the skate that cannot be reversed. If I get them punched and it doesn't solve the problem, any suggestions what might be wrong? Thanks.


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