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hawkeyfan

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  1. This is a late notice...the weekend of july 26 to 28 the Blackhawks are hosting their annual Blackhawks convention at the Hilton Chicago. Tickets go on sale 2/15 at 10am. $95 for the weekend or $60 daily
  2. Interested. This is very doable for IL skaters
  3. What I have noticed over the years is that Bauer will hold the line until the freight train is right in front of you before they do anything. You will not see any discounting of their skates until either the new skates are in store or very close to it. They want the old stock to get moved out. The Catalogs should be online to see what the product is...Not sure about the product cycle or time on them , as I have moved away from purchasing Bauer equipment
  4. You can tell the kids from the non-kids...Most guys who where up in the NHL do not play the AHL contracted gear, unless they are with CCM. I have not been to an AHL game in a few years, but back then Reebok was the official brand. So you could ID the guys who might have been playing down do to CAP issues by their gear. Sure it could be other reasons...
  5. I have to laugh... the TC2.5 is an option. I think many years ago warrior had the Draper in different lies and then they canned that. The TC2 is a curve with probably the biggest rocker sole and they make it available with different lies. a flatter sole curve does not get this offering...WHY? In the old days a player would use a vise and shave off the sole to make the lie the way you liked it.
  6. P46 is IMO a great curve...I like the P40/P88...But he P46 is a good all around, unfortunately I think sales go to P92/P28/p88...unless your going top shelf on the stick ladder you wont see the P46 and learn how great of a curve that it is
  7. ouch and those puppies have very rigid corners/edges
  8. one of the things I have noticed...most of the slashers i come across are either playing wood or very old and heavy graphite...so they don't care about destroying your expensive stick
  9. ah...but they are reducing the surplus of sticks from what one used to see and with that the ON SALE stock is less and less. So everyone who is trying to save a few bucks will be taking it...soon enough
  10. WOW oh WOW!!! Tapered Fans are now totally screwed
  11. Chippa, You are right and I was in that craze for a spell with my boy...you also have some other camps and try-outs that are for those players on the advanced track. I would think that anything this time of year would lead many to searching for season closeouts (the wallet needs a rest at some point). I will admit...I have unsubscribed from most all of the retailer Email lists...so that tells you something right there.
  12. I agree the OEM's throw odd launch dates around (not just True) and try to make it seem like people are going to line up outside of retailers. Most kids are onto other sports right now. LET me get a stick with a warranty that will run out before he gets a chance to even hit the ice...splendid idea
  13. Big buff - Dustin Byfuglien uses a 2 pc as well. I am sure others do too...usually a good tip off is when they are painting the blade and lower hosel. I know some do that to "tidy-up" a rough stick...but almost all 2 pc users mask their sticks this way.
  14. There are a few things that I completely agree upon. One of the issues is that OEM's refuse to provide as much information as other OEM's do or did. I am one that really gets torqued when I hear that Brand A or Brand B has us on limiting the catalogs on certain time frames. Part of the equation is trying to know what is available or going to be available. Lets just state stick curves (but applies to other products as well). Without the consumer knowing the options available for curve options...why spend the big bucks when your left in the dark. 2 piece sticks allow the smart player/shopper to work on these things. Unfortunately that means those options are dwindling as well as Warrior is bowing out of that market (even though they have a ton of pros who play 2 piece rigs). My point on knowing about stick curves is if your looking for a certain curve you need to know if its even available and if so what model or line to go shopping for. Once you realize you can only find curve X in the S19 line or the APX2 line, you know either your spending $$$ or you just take curve Y. Otherwise you get people who are window shopping looking for something they might think IS available and the retail staff don't know beans about the product they are assisting you with. I am a goof that would be willing to buy custom blades (of popular models) and then try to resell the extra, as I don't go through that many myself. I know that there is a market there though for players like me.
  15. Whats wrong with toe to heel taping? I would say that the better tape job is toe to heel ANd I dont need to worry about finding scissors to finish out the toe AND that my way also extend the life of the tape job out by the toe. I am amazed at what I see people do when taping their sticks...But to each their own
  16. wow...talk about a monumental move. This is a great looking site. This is very helpful in shopping and finding the curve(s) that are available. My biggest gripe when looking at curves online is that some comapnies even show their curves from different perspectives (look down) and its hard to see the difference between similar curves. EDIT: Even the Famous Warrior custom-izer does not have all their curve options shown (last I looked)... I have my own spread sheet developed using warrior curves by year for reference in searching for curves and using them...as they are my benchmark for sticks. I will be adding this into my spreadsheet
  17. QUESTION i HAVE...Warrior Vanek w04 is not a total clone, but looks close (slightly more curvature than the P10)...Maybe I am wrong?
  18. looks cool. Here's my question...how will have a hard knob hold up with your glove palms? on a side note...Ryan smyth used to have a hard knob end that was specvially made for him by Easton. Would love to have one of those, but this might be the next closest option. Does this guy take orders?
  19. You will see the warrior woodie in their European catalog. Bauer also appears to offer things over in Europe that you cannot find in N.A. Talking about 2 peice options OR at least a few years back they did.
  20. just to note...wood like composites there are different levels of sticks. There is heavy wood and then lighter wood sticks (a.k.a. sherwood featherlight) which are not as light as graphite, but also not total phone poles. I would note...as a beginner you will not need a top of the line graphite... I was out at rat hockey and we had only 6 skaters, so went 3 on 3 cross-ice. (Note: I play 2 peice sticks) I have a new true A6.0 coupled with a warrior Dolomite smyth curve and then I have a Balistik 45 Cal. with a harrow 300 blade. My point is that the 2 sticks have a remarkable difference in weight. I started out with the True A6.0, but then switched....THEN I switched back and quickly switched back again. I realized that the heavier of the 2 sticks worked better for me in the game conditions I was playing in AND I didn't want to destroy my better stick playing 3 on 3.
  21. This is interesting to learn about and the above pic helps show the concern some have. I can tell the shaft on the right was heated and slapped together with the installer then nibbling around the hosel to remove the excess glue. Here's a possible solution to this. Heck this may be a reaso to buy a Base blade and check into it myself... On a standard 2 peice when I assemble... I wrap both the shaft and the blade with masking tape. Then after heating up the glue and assembling. I take a scrap of wood (a 1x2 x 12) and clear off the excess glue from the shaft area. I then wait a minute or two and then peel off the tape. This allows for a very clean installation. BUT I think that the void COULD get filled with the glue and it would be different, but better. I have taped my connections myself, but have done that as a safety measure of keeping the blade on, if the glue bond gets broken. It used to when I first started with 2 pc sticks...then I learned to use more glue (which you then have to wipe off) and learned my process. The only thing that would make this even better is if you could find a black glue stick.
  22. WOW...This years catalog has been launched. This is great to see. I was up in the U.P. when this went live and well where we go is like being on the dark side of the moon (ltd communications). Iast year I was viewing a Warrior catalog online (different site) that was crashing my computer. Access to Manufacture catalogs are important to me to see more specifically what I want and how it works OR if it is even available. I was in Total Hockey during The NAHL Chicago combine and tried to find gloves, but that was a few months back. How would the New Alpha gloves fit compare to the old "Speed" {lightweight dexterity} Projekt/Koncept. Those gloves had a cuff that my boy really liked the mobilty and protection.
  23. So Bauer is getting rid of Girdles??? I did not see a girdle in the catalog. I would think many pro's who wear girdles do it for the same reason I do...the hip bone padding is far better when you fall with a girlde. I own 3 bauer girdles from different era's.
  24. Note...If she can play a junior stick...Ice Warehouse has a number of Warrior Junior Shafts and blades (old AK27) that they have online at this time
  25. Now more than ever the amount of curves are being limited by the OEM's. Look around at the varous makers and see what curves there are...most are selling 4 curves max until you get to the top line sticks, where you will get more curve options (up to 9). Look at the list and then scratch off any sticks that do not work or are not appealing to your player. Then look at the closeout section for stick models with curves you may be able to find. Start there if your playing with curves. Don't know the age of your skater, but going to a 2 piece set-up allows you to swap out blades. Watch Ebay for blades that get posted...if she can play with junior blades, there are plenty to pick up. So you have 2 piece set-up and closeout models to try different curves. Once your onto buying $250 lightweight sticks, your skater may not want to play with anything else, so be careful there...I myself like a little more heft, but not too much (460-475g) seems the perfect to me
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