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bjlasota

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About bjlasota

  • Birthday 08/31/1984

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  • Skates
    Easton
  • Stick
    Kynetyk
  • Gloves
    Easton
  • Helmet
    Easton
  • Pants
    Easton
  • Shoulder Pads
    N/A
  • Elbow Pads
    Easton
  • Shin Pads
    Easton
  • Hockey Bag
    Easton

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    Male
  • Location
    Union Pier, MI
  • Interests
    Hockey, Snowboarding, Beer.
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  1. I actually ordered 2 styles of bands from Amazon. 1 is a workout band, another is a utility band for holding things down in a car. They're both stretchy. I will have to play with it, but I'm looking at making the rebounding side 26 inchs.
  2. I'm looking at putting 4 rebounders in the corners of my rink which corners are 90 degrees, not round. Has anyone built your own rebounders? I have an idea which I'll probably make triangular, but looking for t he rebounding material. Any have pro's/con's of a certain material you've tried in the past?
  3. Has anyone purchased pucks from either HugFlight or Discounted Hockey on ebay? Both places have a 50 ct for 40 bucks and free shipping. Typically, a puck is a puck, but i figured I'd ask here first since last year I bought a bunch of aftermarket roller hockey pucks and they turned out to be complete GARBAGE.
  4. Hey all, Back 15 years ago, I used to own a pair of the Easton Grey ultra light shins. Those wore out and I bought the ST16s, but absolutely hate them. They fit ok on my shin, but they look like logs, they're heavy, and the straps just don't hold them close enough to my shin. It takes a half roll of tape to keep them in place. I'm 5'6, wear 14" shins, and i put them over my skate. Any suggestions out there for some shins that are smaller, light, and have good straps to hold them down with? I'll still use laces or tape, but the ST16 just don't hold at all. They're very protective, but I'm not pro, so i'm just playing in beer leagues and tournaments. Going back to the old Easton UL's, I love a shin pad that fits tight to my leg, that I know is there, and I know it won't be sliding around. The closest hockey shop to me is a couple hours away. Looking to spend close to $100 if needed.
  5. As someone who grew up playing hockey daily, then played daily in college, then hit real life with work and hockey 1-2x per week, my endurance has suffered greatly. I am looking to add some HIIT and cardio to my normal lifting routine and wanted to see if what I have planned will help with increasing my speed, endurance, and needed bursts. Currently play once a week, but will ramp up to 3 days a week at the end of November while skating all the other days on my homemade rink pending weather. For now, to get my legs prepped for late November, I’m thinking of doing 2 days of HIIT on my spin bike, likely Tues and Thursday mornings. Then on the opposite days, doing an easy cardio ride while I watch hockey(either live at night, or DVR in the morning). Thoughts? Has anyone played on their stationary bike to simulate a hockey game? Basically watch a game, and mimic on the cardio bike what a shift is for a certain player? I’ve read a lot around that HIIT is ideal, 4-5 min warmup, 20 second burts, 40 sec rest, repeat 10x, then 4-5 min cooldown.
  6. Yeah, and part of where I live has to do with open sessions. I work 45 mins from home. The closest rink to from work is 45+ min and the closest from home is 45+ the other direction. I also work 6a-4p. The ice rinks around me(West Mi) all have lunch rat, morning rat, etc. Being in a management position, I don't really have the opportunites to leave long enough at lunch. Winters work well for me though because I build a 2500 sqft rink in my yard so I get plenty of ice once it's cold enough. So I'm just waiting for the cold temps. I said screw it and just bought all three and I'll try out the new stuff.
  7. I used the wood ball for a few years and would agree that it works wonders. Tad different from a puck, but does get your hands moving quicker. I think the goal of the wood balls is speed, not feel due to it being so differnt from a puck.
  8. Back in the day I used to use golf balls for warmup, and screwing around at home. Then came the swedish ball and I used that through high school and college. As an adult league player, in the early fall and late spring, I'm in between seasons as I play at a couple ice rinks to get the most ice time. However, from now until Thanksgiving, I'm on a 1 game a week schedule and want to keep my stickhandling up to snuff or even get quicker. So just looked up some training aids and wondering about some of the new stuff. My goal is to speed up my stickhandling and improve my all around handling(not just in front of me). I'll likely screw around on a tile, linolium, or smooth garage floor. Out of a golf ball, wood ball, smart ball, and green biscuit, what would be best? I have a homemade fasthands, so i'll probably mess with that too. Suggestions? Horror stories?
  9. I know this is more of a forum geared towards gear, but I thought I'd give it a whirl on here to see if anyones had any experience. I grew up playing on naturally frozen ponds, so I've never lived in an area where I had to actually BUILD one myself. My wife and I finally got a house with a yard and I'm looking to put my first rink up this winter pending how cold it gets in lower Michigan this year! I've measured it out and I'll be able to get a 30'x50' rink in the spot I want it. I could get a 50'x100' but I gotta let the Husky run too. I have a few questions to help me be successful and have a sheet for this winter. Please reply for clarification if you don't understand what I'm asking on anything below. - First, the land. The people we bought the house from had a kid who used the yard as a dirtbike track. The grass has grown in, but there's a round groove right where I want to put the rink. It's not that deep, maybe 2-3" at the deepest points. Do I need to fill these in with dirt before I put my liner down, or will the liner stretch or move to fit in these holes? - Second, the boards. I found some OSB in Chicago. I want to use them more than a year, so my question is, what kind of paint should I use to prolong the boards life? I plan on painting it white, but is there a special, cheaper paint that will "seal" the OSB from water? I do plan on separating them during storage and covering so they can breathe between seasons. I'd also prefer rolling on instead of spraying a ton of boards. - The OSB I found is a $1 for a 2'x4' sheet. That's basically $4 for a 4x8 which is a steal. I currently have a bunch of 24" long landscaping stakes. If I support the boards with these stakes, is that enough? Basically I'd pound the stake 12" down into the ground, then the remaining 12" would support halfway up the 2' boards. I can get 36" stakes too, would that be better? For most of the lawn, the ice will be up at most 6" on the board, so that would still be behind the stakes. - Lastly, I am also going to buy enough OSB to cut 4' long, 6" wide strips and screw on the inside boards to cover up the liner. Most liner places say to add 5' to stretch over the boards. But since my boards are only going to be roughly 18" high from the top of the ice, is there a reason to add so much? What would anyone suggest for a 30'x50' rink where I want to freeze 4-6" thick ice, and roll the remaining liner under a 6" kick plate(I'll probably need to keep the liner within a 4" area so I can screw the kick plate 2" down from the top). Thanks in advance for all the help. Happy freezing!
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