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  1. 46 points
    As some of you know, my wife is battling breast cancer. She decided that she wanted to play hockey a couple of months ago and has been playing since last month. She wanted a pink stick, and so the fine gentlemen at Warrior did these up for her. Thanks to Keith and Doug!
  2. 27 points
    :) had a few people help me out on this - thanks goes to them!
  3. 21 points
    Thanks to those who called/emailed/texted me over the past couple of days. I had been in Columbus, OH for the past two weeks training our employees down there - even ran into a few MSHers while in the store - and so my time was pretty limited. Obviously, there is a human element to these cases, similar to what we've seen during manufacturer mergers and acquisitions. Rest assured, I'm in good spirits and very optimistic that there will be a favorable outcome to this.
  4. 20 points
    These definitely belong in here...
  5. 19 points
    We respect manufacturer's marketing release dates. The reason why we do this is because in turn, when the time is right, we are allowed to provide full spec on the product. We have been doing it this way for 13 years. In turn, those manufacturers work with us for our Long Term Reviews, our Summer and Winter events, and also participate in our discussions here on MSH. I'd rather have that than to be the first person out there with a leaked picture.
  6. 18 points
    Update - today was her last chemo treatment.
  7. 18 points
    I bought my first house. It had gotten to the point that it was time to quit waiting for be moved job-wise and to set down roots somewhere. That being said, what a shitty process it is.
  8. 17 points
  9. 17 points
    I feel the need to clear up some misconceptions about TH and their online vs in-store pricing, as well as their inventory: TH runs all promotions in store AND online. The codes that are used work for both. We also match other retailers, in-store and online. We also have the ability to either: Have an item transferred at no charge/no penalty to the customer from an in-market location (or out-of-market, depending on the situation.) Place an online order for the customer (we log in like our CSRs in St. Louis would and order the item for you) We even give you the option to get it shipped to the store so that you can come in and get your skates fitted and sharpened (you'd be surprised as to how many people, especially those new to the sport, just assume the skates are ready to go and they're skating on unsharpened steel.) If the skates don't work out, we will also return them for you right then and there. Or any order you place online - you can return it back in your local TH. We're currently the only major hockey retailer in the country to have the stores and "online" inventories being one in the same - an omni-channel experience. We have distribution centers in St. Louis, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit and Washington, DC. Most of them are part of a store. We have stores with shipping capabilities in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. And yes, have I shipped skates to a customer who came in our store and got fitted and bought them online? Absolutely. I've had several instances in which I helped a customer out and he had no interest in buying them in-store, because he thought he would find a deal elsewhere. Then realized the skates were the same price everywhere and ordered them through us. And the same skate he tried on was the same skate he received. So all of those things that people have mentioned happens to them in their local store still happens in our stores. Keep in mind, I'm not an idiot; for as much as we would hope, the experience we provided wasn't consistent in all of our stores. It's obviously something you try to achieve but there are several anecdotes in this thread from customers that say otherwise. I always did things by the book, and it was the best book I ever read in this business. There is one thing that has not been mentioned here: we never intended to be a discount hockey store. As long as everything worked correctly, you wouldn't be stuck with last year's merchandise that you then had to blow out. And typically our stores were purged of whatever was left from the previous year (similar to what Bauer is doing with their OTM stores.) But the sheer amount of product out on the marketplace forced everyone to go down that road. And at that point, there really is no coming back. So for those who lamented that we never had the best deals, that might be a true statement. But it was in a way that we had current product in store all the time. That's smart business. If you want to buy closeouts and then sell those, that's smart business too. But buying items at full boat then have to take hits on the margin isn't. There is a lot of assumptions and misinformation in this thread about how we failed. But what is truly killing me is how we are being painted to be some sort of industry villain when we have 32 physical locations to walk into. Yes, did the industry change? Yes, did it put the mom and pops out of business? Yes, is there plenty of blame on both sides to pass around for that? But some retailers saw how the game was being played and decided to play. Some retailers chose to strategically sprinkle stores where it was attached to an even bigger warehouse. Some chose to have multiple brick and mortar stores. And some chose to have just warehouses (which somehow, those guys have skated away from any negative mention in this thread) It's unfortunate what happened to us. Some are mentioned, some are twisted around and some haven't been mentioned. We certainly were on the right track, and it ended up not working out. I'm very optimistic about where this is going, and I will continue to do what I do best, regardless of which company's name is on the shirt, building facing and paycheck.
  10. 16 points
    Been through a lot the last 2 and half years. In 2014 Diagnosed with recurrent PSC (Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis) Tubes in my liver for three months in the spring. In July I had a massive infection in my kidneys. Where the doctors at one point told my wife I had 24 hours to start to improve or I wouldn't make it. Then my second liver transplant on November 7, 2014. In 2015 Had a hernia surgery in May Had another hernia surgery in October. In 2016 Finally got the OK to start working out in February. Starting public skating in May. Last night I got back on the ice for the first time since Summer Jam in Toronto in 2013. I wasn't very good last night, but boy did have a lot of fun.
  11. 15 points
    To be fair - gear has stagnated completely and either innovation is at an all time low, or we’ve reached a point of diminishing returns on currently available materials. I have a hard time getting excited about CCM moving their logo from the bottom of the Ribcore shaft to the top, or Bauer adding different pops of chrome every year and calling it a new stick. Protective hasn’t really gone anywhere in about 8 years since the CL line released and skates, aside from steel/holder enhancements haven’t really gone anywhere aside from perhaps better baking results. We’ve also seen a decline in unique products. We’ve been P92/P28/P88’ed to death and quirky stuff like custom Franchise gloves have completely disappeared. Did I also mention that all of this stuff has been increasing in price at an absurd rate? It’s hard to generate buzz when there is nothing to buzz about. /rant.
  12. 15 points
    As we are in our 15th year of existence (3/20 being the official date), we will be using this logo to commemorate it: It will also be featured on SummerJam and Winterfest jerseys on a patch, and we'll also have a t-shirt. Absolutely crazy that we've been around so long. Thanks goes to everyone who has helped us out along the way.
  13. 15 points
    No longer collecting dust in the back of one of my rink pro shops...
  14. 15 points
    Thanks JR. Mod Squad Hockey Members, In 2017, we've partnered with MSH to give exclusive inside looks at our upcoming product. The MSH community has been a great resource for Warrior in the past and we'd like to extend that great relationship to content that the membership will not see anywhere else. In addition, we will be providing samples of the gloves leading up to launch so key members can share their thoughts and insights on the new product and help explain features, benefits and maybe some huge misses (fingers crossed there are none ). We're hoping this open discussion will help MSH members learn more about our product from trusted peers and not just some marketing message touting the latest and greatest (like anything from @warriorstickguy). We respect the group too much to think that you would blindly believe everything we say is an "amazingly amazing, never-before-seen innovative innovation". We'll let the group decide for themselves and welcome questions and discussion on our product. Selfishly, this open discussion also helps us improve our product and find new ways to advance hockey equipment with informed and constructive dialogue with the real people who use it. This new process rolls-out with the Alpha QX glove line that releases to the public in April. I'm excited to field your questions and hopefully guide you to trying the gloves on for yourselves. Thanks for the opportunity. KP Take a look at our first blog reveal on the Alpha QX gloves - it may answer some of your initial questions: https://warriorhockey.com/2017/02/09/2017-alpha-qx-glove-goals/
  15. 15 points
    I got to play goal for the Boston Bruins alumni today! Had the usual pickup this morning, and afterward I was in the locker room, and the rink manager comes and he's like hey, you're the goalie? Yeah, I'm a goalie. And he says, the Bruins alumni team needs a goalie today, do you wanna play for them? Well yes of course. I ended up splitting the game with the guy who runs the clinic I skate at, and it was so, so much fun. People in the stands, an announcer. It was a charity game for the Dana-Farber institute and the doctors are pretty darn good, although it was clear the Bruins alumni could pretty much turn the game whichever way they were inclined. I made some decent stops and the alumni were all very nice, and I came home with the game puck. Seriously, accidentally the best Saturday ever.
  16. 15 points
    After 12 years in the industry working for other shops and operating my own mobile team service, I've finally made the move and opened a full pro shop in a busy dual pad rec facility. I'm excited to embark on this and continue developing my own brand. Time to get 'er done!
  17. 14 points
    I have to be honest, I find the topic you chose for this thread to be offensive - or at least overly provocative. There is a man behind the site that works incredibly hard for this community and that should always, in ,my opinion, be remembered. You could have just as easily asked the question, "why isn't more information about products being posted on MSH" This would have been valid and far nicer. As many have said the market has changed considerably. The way manufacturers deal with online information outlets has changed as well. I also think the way people consume news and information has changed and many prefer to listen to a video rather than write and discuss. I could get into what that says about us as people (not a good thing) but I will pass on it. Low hanging fruit as it were.... The good thing is we can do things to help.... post good topics. Share your experiences and reviews. Tell your friends about the site and, when the pandemic is over, come to events. In the end this site is what WE make of it.
  18. 14 points
    Interesting reading through where this thread has gone. From Steve Jobs to Tesla and beyond! A few details on the MyBauer program. The project officially kicked off 3.5 years ago. At that time, we identified the service level’s of professional players was changing significantly where our Elite Athlete Reps were casting players feet and sending the casts into Blainville to make skates. We couldn’t do anything from a manufacturing perspective with the casts other than visually see areas of required adjustments we could implement in our manufacturing process at that time. I am sure some of you have seen the castings we were doing at that time. We knew at that time, we needed to evolve our process and tools to meet the growing need of players. We also started to see Elite players (AAA, High School, etc.) interest in customization significantly increase and casting just was not feasible on many fronts. So, we kicked off a project and looked at multiple scanning devices. Ultimately, we chose to collaborate with Swedish based company Volumental on the front-end scanning solutions based on the level accuracy of the scan, how fast it scans, how simple it is to operate and similar company philosophies. The scanner includes 12 depth cameras and an internal processing system developed to model feet with the greatest level of accuracy. The scanner measures in fractions of mm so it’s not uncommon to go to 1 retailer and get another reading at another – we have and will continue to work with all retailers to standardize the fitting positioning during the scanning process. If you think about it, the thickness of a sock during a scan can change a reading or even the time of day/level of activity in the day can affect your reading. I know JR can attest to this. Any who, once we got to a comfort level with Volumental, the rest of the process begun. Options to create a customized last to use in the building an individual custom skate was next to be tested. We ended up going with 3D printing solution for similar reasons as the scanner – accuracy in building the individual tools/lasts and flexibility on solutions in various areas of the foot and detailing. Not 100% clear what others are doing but we are confident in the tech/process we invested in to achieve the desired goals. We purchased multiple industrial grade, high-end 3D printers that again, speed and accuracy was a premium and off we went to building and testing with pro players a new way of building custom skates. Was it perfect at first? No but we learned all the way through and about ¼ way through this past NHL season it started to really take off in terms of fit, comfort and performance. So much so that 3D scanning/custom lasts has become the norm. Call this validation. Next step – was focusing on front-end solution where players can choose performance specs and visualization of building of the skate on the fly. When you see MyBauer at retail, you can build the skate in store by choosing specs like tongue, blade, liner, eyelet facing, laces and personalize with your name and number. We call these the performance specs as the scan takes care of the fitting details. Here is the general process you will go through. Step 1: Scan the foot (5-seconds for both feet) Step 2: Add notes to the foot scan – We can see most of the details in the scan but it’s always very helpful to know what the issue is. We have people on the team that have built custom skates for players for over 25 years – they know what they are doing and highlighting these “trouble” areas helps. Step 3: Try on skates. The scanner now has a custom skate recommendation (L foot and R foot independent). Try on some stock skates and dial in your personal preferences. Some players are going to want to adjust down or up based on preferences. With the skate lab out for a year and over 200K unique scans in the system, personal preference still plays a role. You can adjust length in the order submission but width is not an option as the custom last process shapes the skate to your individual foot (L and R). At any time during this process you want to make additional notes to your foot scan, you can. Step 4: Choose your specs. - It starts with choosing a family (Vapor, Supreme or Nexus). Our families are generally based on a low profile (Vapor), Mid profile (Supreme) or High profile (Nexus) and adjustments can be made based on a combination of notes and scan details. Generally speaking, you should stay in the family you scan for but again, that’s a personal preference. o The Nexus model is a 2N PRO skate which is not available as a stock option moving forward. - Confirm the length of the skates based on personal preference and trying on skates. - Choose your eyelets – Injected Facing or Standard eyelets. o We consider INJ facing as high performance and is limited in terms of pattern adjustments. o Standard eyelets is traditional feel and performance but allows for greater range of adjustments. For example, if you suffer from lace bite – in most cases we see it is based on the profile of the upper foot and depth of skate being worn. If you add a lace bite as a note on the scan, we can adjust the pattern with a standard eyelet or go to a deeper fitting skate with injected facing. This is just 1 example of many. § Supreme Injected Eyelets only comes with Supreme C-Flex tendon guard § Supreme with standard eyelets only comes with Pro Stiff tendon guard § Nexus 2N pro comes with Injected eyelets only - Choose your tongue – 5 options to choose from o Vapor flex lock (thermoforming, protective, light) o Supreme reflex (thermoforming, protective, energy return) o Classic pro felt (traditional feel and comfort o Molded felt (light and thin), o Double classic felt (Thick and comfortable. § We kept the selection simple to start and selection makes up majority of preferences of players surveyed. - Choose your blade – LS5, LS3, LS2 – Selection of personal preference - Choose your liner: Lock fit or full grip - Choose laces: Standard cloth or waxed - Personalize your skates: 13 characters and 2 numbers max. Step 5: We produce the skate for you and ship the skates. We still recommend thermoforming the skates - just puts the final touches on it. Apologies on the lengthy post but hopefully this helps. Conversation & questions can continue! Cheers
  19. 14 points
    Hello everyone, as it’s been mentioned above, Sher-Wood Athletics Group has sold the Sher-Wood trademark and some of the assets to INA International, a division of Canadian Tire (CTC). I'll let the dust settle a little bit more before I elaborate on the go forward strategy of the Sher-Wood brand within the CTC portfolio. Personally, I've been retained by CTC as Manager of Sher-Wood for INA. Unfortunately, some very good people from our head office were let go, but the North Americain sales force was retained. Sher-Wood will be run as in independent brand and will continue to develop, market, and distribute Sher-Wood products to customers in Canada, the United States and internationally. The mandate is actually to grow the brand across all distribution channels as opposed to solely becoming a house brand for just the CTC banners.
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  21. 14 points
    I interviewed our pro sticks manager, Jared, about the Gaudreau switch and how he made it down to 55 flex. Also, he touches on some of the "more flex benefits" discussion in this thread. Hope this helps shed some light.
  22. 14 points
    It was a tough day yesterday as we ceased to be Total Hockey Inc. employees as of closing time yesterday. As expected, we took the opportunity to streamline the store offerings by closing the stores that were underperforming, or in some cases, had other TSG representation in their market. In my market, we closed up Ann Arbor, which I will be heading the physical closing of the store starting Monday. We were fortunate enough to do some shuffling to accommodate the majority of their staff, but I did have to reduce my staff as well. Today I have to rehire my staff as TSG employees. At this time, I think I can go ahead and announce some things that I have seen being mentioned: Gift cards will now be resold again. Obviously if you have an existing gift card, the balance is still good. At this time you can't use it in another TSG store, but I believe at some point it'll all be seamless. Breakaway accounts are still good as well. It has been a rough few months; obviously while I try my best to keep my two ventures in the industry completely separated, there's always going to be some slight spillover. All of the rumors that were swirling about TH, I was hearing constantly. Some of it true, some of it completely absurd. But I had to keep it held together in front of my staff, and on here. But it certainly wasn't easy. I think some people noticed it at SummerJam. I'm really excited about this though. I think this allows me to continue offering a great product to our customers, as well as career opportunities for myself.
  23. 14 points
    Added another pair of Whale gloves to the collection [/URL]
  24. 14 points
    Picked up this stick in the summer time but hadn't gotten around to posting it. Kind of a funny/crazy story behind it as well. I came across this girl selling a bunch of used sticks online. She didn't advertise them as professional game used or anything, but in one post she had one listed as a "Used Bauer one95 stick - $40" and she posted a picture that showed a namebar on it (pro stock). The way it was taken only showed the last 4 letters on the name bar "pien". I live in Vancouver and as a huge Canucks fan I knew right away that it was probably a Rick Rypien stick. I'm sure most of you know the story behind Rick Rypien. Beloved scrappy player/fighter who played for Vancouver and who unfortunately battled depression and ended his life just after the 2011 season. So I messaged her right away, luckily I saw it just after she posted it and I was the first one to message her. So I looked up pictures of Rick Rypien in game just to confirm he used a one95, which of course he did late in his career. I wasn't sure if it would be game used or anything but I just thought it would be cool to have either way. So right when I met up with her and saw the stick I could tell right away by the custom tape job that it was game used. So I check it over, looks great, I give her the $40 and go on my way. I get back to my car and I'm still pretty mesmerized by it so I'm looking it over and thats when I noticed that on the blade... it was signed. Couldn't believe my eyes. Definitely the best $40 I've ever spent and now definitely the rarest piece of memorabilia I own.
  25. 13 points
  26. 13 points
    It took the better part of a decade of dreading going to work every day, but we finally made the leap of faith into a new career for myself, and it is delightful.
  27. 13 points
    Here are my Trues with the LS Edge holder and Step Black on them... I really hope I don't have any issues with clicking because skates don't get much sexier looking than this IMO.
  28. 13 points
    The full and real story will be at ModSquad. Catalog pages and catalog copy can be posted elsewhere, but you'll get the story on the product and opportunity to ask questions HERE, and only here.
  29. 13 points
    I always try to drink at least one beer in the locker room while getting dressed. Sometimes 2, if the game before is going long.
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  31. 13 points
    Yesterday my younger son graduated high school. He was class president and as a result led the graduation ceremony. He led everyone in, introduced everyone and gave a speech representing the class. We had VIP seats in the first row. It was maybe the best day of my life. He was incredible - and I am not just saying that because he is my son. He was poised, in command of the situation and funny. I don't know how someone who is only 18 can do that. I am beyond proud and humbled.
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  33. 12 points
    As many of you know I had some significant heart issues this year. Three procedures leading to 5 stents. It took a bit but I’ve been really doing well now and am back on the ice and feeling great. Now today got more good news. Sonogram showed the blockages of my carotid artery dropped from 20% to 10%. Can apply that same 50% drop to the arteries feeding my heart. So happy the dietary changes and meds have worked. I feel like I’ve got my life back!!
  34. 12 points
    I'm pretty excited. i just got my custom True sticks in and i couldn't be happier. P10 / Kane Pro curve, 80 flex, matte finish
  35. 12 points
    You’re not going to use my website to personally solicit our members for money.
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  37. 12 points
    It's not all money. If the product didn't perform, players would not switch. Our product is better than ever. There are other companies sampling players too, we're just winning them over.
  38. 12 points
    Just got clearance to skate and play again so went out and bought myself a pair of Bauer Supreme 190 skates. So EXCITED!
  39. 12 points
    Picked up a pair of pants I had been looking for forever:
  40. 11 points
    I should have the Pro Shop back up and running in a month or so.
  41. 11 points
    $20 Play it Again score.
  42. 11 points
    M Reebok HP CCM 30/35/70 made overseas 520/7000 Made in Canada HP35 =520 HP45=RBZ HPUCLP=U+Crazy Light X models have waist zippers to add +1 C models use Ufoam P models use PE inserts
  43. 11 points
    Went on our longest hike yet. 10+ miles up a mountain (2300’ increase up to about 8900’). The top 1/3 or so was in snow and we had to wear spikes on our boots. Walking almost nonstop for 6.5 hours! Amazing views!
  44. 11 points
    Final chapter. I emailed the board. Made it strictly about my sons lack of expeirence and not having fun. I did speak the other coach prior, but made it only about my son. Apparently the other team needed players and he likes my son having coached him last year. Got an email today that even though this is not typical protocol they granted our request, considering other circumstance, and this may not happen in the future. My son is happy his new coach reached out immediately to welcome us and talked to him. We didnt have to go through a team manager. He starts practice tomorrow. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
  45. 11 points
    So there's a broad spectrum of neurological issues that can affect a player, including what is typically called mental illness, but it depends on what you're asking about. Certain learning disabilities such as dyslexia can make learning things like "right" and "left" difficult, as well as pattern recognition. Autism spectrum disorders and sensory processing disorders can have an effect on how a player interprets external stimuli (instructions, whistles, lights, etc) as stressful or confusing. Many learning disabilities (language based and nonverbal) affect gross and fine motor control. For example I know some people who, because of their particular wiring, have a very hard time with things like swimming because it's difficult for them to coordinate a pattern of movement (treading water, stroke-breathe-stroke, etc) as well as being a sensory-disorienting environment. What are typically called mental or psychiatric illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder, are generally considered to have a genetic component that causes a miswiring in the brain, much the same as the above disorders. Sometimes, these are co-morbid, meaning a person with ADHD can have anxiety, or someone with dyslexia can have depression or bipolar disorder. Unfortunately, substance use or misuse is also often co-morbid with mental illness, in part due to lack of access to appropriate support, treatment, and education. First good tactic is get to know your players. Especially young players - let them engage you in conversation, connect with them. Having a good, stable connection to a supportive person does wonders for folks with neurological differences (as it does for most people, but especially important). An added bonus here is that young people with disabilities/mental illness are at significantly higher risk for abuse, and connecting with a trustworthy adult makes them that much less vulnerable. Have clear, consistent expectations. Doesn't mean you have to have the ice-hockey Code of Hammurabi in stone at your rink, but come up with some basic expectations for both you and your players. If you have a formal team format (vs. the free for all of a learn to play), feel free to write them down and distribute them. Things like treating each other with respect (don't call names, no hurting people on purpose, etc), following the rules of the game, being good listeners, are things that apply to player and coach. If you don't follow your own rules, no one will feel like following them either. Consistent, but flexible. Mean what you say - if you say "I will give you two warnings [for behavior] and on the third, you sit on the bench/on the side for [x] minutes", then follow through. Relatedly, change is hard for folks with learning disabilities and mental illness, who may already feel extra stress from trying to navigate neurotypical norms and internal chaos. Come up with a plan - today we will have 5 stations, and we will rotate every 10 minutes (do the math as you like), explain the plan, confirm the plan. When players arrive at a station, be ready, explain, and give appropriate warning when you're going to switch - "in 2 minutes, Coach Bob will blow the whistle, and everyone will go to Coach Jen's station". Having clear plans and expectations is far less anxiety provoking than surprises (tho again, being flexible and asking for input from players is good). In my magical imaginary world, there's about a 3:8-12 coach to player ratio (depending on age and player need - younger players need a higher coach-to-player ratio), so you can have someone who explains verbally, someone who demonstrates, and someone who can physically go through and help players with the exercise. Back to learning your players - in a team format where you can wrangle them in a locker room, go over a practice. What was the best thing? What was the worst thing? Open the lines of communication - maybe they really liked something that you didn't expect, or maybe someone has an idea. Watch them, and pick up on things like who the leaders are, and who the more shy kids are, who the disruptive ones are. Kids with ADHD can be easily overstimulated but when they like something, they can hyperfocus on it for hours. Give your disruptive kid something to do - say, ok, Teddy, you're going to help me demonstrate. Or, Kate, Liam, Sean, your job today is to pick up all the cones at the end of practice, and bring them to the bench. Talk with parents, too. Just like you would for a child with diabetes or asthma or a severe allergy - connect with the parents and say, hey, what works for your kid? What can I do that will make things consistent? Is anything going on, anything changing like medication or a new therapist or a new school? I think the meat of it honestly is communication and connection. Understand that some people will get more easily overwhelmed, and be ready to adapt to that. Use your players' strengths and give them agency and keep them from feeling isolated.
  46. 11 points
    Glad to hear you were able to overcome the lack of R&D and all that speed skating tech to make them work...
  47. 11 points
    New locker stall, a DIY project I worked on with my dad and uncle
  48. 11 points
    One of my daughters gifts was a hockey bag. I spent the morning cannibalizing a couple old game jerseys and customizing the bag for her. Think it turned out great. Couple stock photos and then her bag.
  49. 11 points
    Just got an email saying I am the daily winner for the CCM giveaway on IW! Today's prize is a stick. Man this is awesome!
  50. 11 points
    zuccarello apx2's

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