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  1. Stick and pucks in my area are mostly practice sessions. Unfortunately most of the rinks have allowed coaches to take over the ice the entire session which forces the average player to be stuck at center ice doodling with the puck. Luckily monday's are the lightest and there's only one coach out there and he's very respectful of players trying to practice in that he will dialog with you about where you want to practice at (corners, do you need the net for shot practice, which side of the ice do you prefer). As far as pucks go, I always have 3-10 pucks in my bag and always just take one out on the ice with me. If I lose it over the glass or in the netting, I go back to the locker room and grab another. That way the kids don't skate off with my pucks. If you are going to hit up stick and pucks, I highly recommend having a practice routine, other wise just skating around for an hour or so will just be wasted money. Work on skating drills, work on stick handling in stride, work on keeping your heads up while skating with the puck, shooting in stride, etc. In other words, take advantage of the session to improve yourself. That said, there is no substitute for actual game experience. I recommend one stick and puck session and one drop in game a week. As far as drop in games go, try to find one that has a good mix of skill. If you ask around the rink you'll usually find a decent private group looking for lower end players or players with good attitudes. Open drop in games were removed from the Everett rink many years ago for a myriad of reasons (fights, underage drinking, players sneaking on without paying), but there are a few organized drop in groups that recruit for players. Usually talk to someone at a stick and puck and they can get you in contact with someone who runs one. I run a drop in friday mornings with another guy and we also have a tuesday night drop in during the summer months. We encourage beginner players to come out and play because a lot of the core of the group started out as learn to play players that wanted a decent skate to improve their game. It's important to find a group with mixed skill levels so you can learn from experienced players, but not feel overwhelmed the entire game. We treat new players well and help them work on all aspects of the game. If you can find a group like this, it's the perfect way to get ready for actual league play. The only better option is to find a good developmental learn to play league. Anyways that was way too long winded, but I hope it helps.
  2. There are only two times I will chirp. Time one, I usually chirp myself to the other teams to break the ice and inject some humor. Time two, I chirp my own teammates in a friendly and sarcastic way. If I'm chirped I usually laugh it off or ignore it. Unless it's the ref chirping, f that dude. He's getting paid to watch me suck in beer league. (jk, most refs are awesome) Blocking shots? You are crazy. I'm paying to play, not the other way around. If it's a rare occasion that I'm on D, if I don't get the forward to go wide and I miss the poke check, I'm giving the goalie the shooting lane so he can see the shot coming while still trying to position the forward where I want him to go. I'm not going to hurt myself or break my skates trying to block a shot. Not worth the pain and not worth the glory.
  3. I like the pic of him with his helmet on backwards.
  4. Just commenting on Brett Hull, have you guys seen his one timer goal in the 96' (I believe) world cup game? Absolute rocket of a shot, using a whip flex back in the 90's. It's all about knowing how to use your stick to your advantage. As far as personal preference goes, I use a variety of flexes depending on how I'm playing. If I'm on defense I prefer a stiffer flex (100-120) for puck battles and shots from the point. When playing forward I like lighter flexes (65-70ish) for a quicker release. I also use 85 flex sticks as well. Sometimes I start out a game with a heavier flex and work my way down to a lighter flex towards the end of the game as fatigue sets in. It's all personal preference and practice, lots of practice. Years ago I used only 100+ flex sticks, as I preferred the stiffer shaft while stick handling, but my wrist shots and snap shots were really lacking because I wasn't able to put a lot of weight into my shots quickly. A few shoulder injuries and a hip injury, now I use mostly lighter flexes when playing, but still go back to stiffer flexes when playing defense occasionally. I'm 5'9" and my weight as an adult playing has varied from 155-195lbs (currently at 180lbs). No harm in trying out a lighter flex just to see what kind of changes happen, but I suggest only going down one flex rating (maybe 75) and seeing if that works. If you drop from 85-87 to 65-67 it might be too whippy for you and you won't like it.
  5. Oldest piece of gear is a toss up between a pair of early 90's Louisville gloves and early 90's green Cooper Seattle Thunderbird pants that I got in the mid 90's. I still wear the Coopers from time to time but the Louisville gloves are pretty gross. Next oldest that I still use would be a mid 90's Louisville aluminum shaft and a Louisville Lafontaine composite shaft. I also still have my old CCM HT2's from the 90's, and Louisville pants from the 90's as well, but they haven't been used in the last couple years. I do still use my old Tackla 9000's from the early 2000's. Man I used way too much Louisville gear back in the day.
  6. I some what remember everyone bitching about Reebok and Nike making jerseys in the past too. Seems like some people just hate change. Interestingly enough, people still watch the NHL despite any and all changes the NHL has made. I'm sure people complaining about Adidas jerseys and ads will probably still watch games, and will still buy tickets, and jerseys, and so on and so on. I have a couple lutch game worn KHL jerseys with adidas logos (among many others), and it doesn't bother me, nor does it bother most fans of the KHL. But then again, the average fan of the NHL can't readily watch KHL games so I'm sure they will counter that they don't watch the KHL because of the jersey ads (or any other European hockey for that matter).
  7. I use both OPS and two piece sticks. Currently using the bauer mx3 blades and love them. Lightweight, durable, and great feel. I go back and forth on the various different shafts I own so no one shaft takes too much of a beating consistently. I wish more companies would come out with two piece options, as I hate having to pay top dollar for OPS sticks, and hate having to scrounge the clearance bins and pages to find a good stick for a reasonable price. I'd rather stick with a shaft I love and replace blades as needed.
  8. Current pet peeve is guys signing up months in advance for our drop ins and then not showing or letting anyone know they can't make it 24-48 hours in advance. I help run an organized drop in and in the summer months ice time is scarce for us. We top the list off at 20 skaters and two goalies, and lately we've only had 7-8 a side. Lucky for us the rink manager doesn't charge us for the no-shows because we bring in steady money during the summer months, but it's still annoying for the other players who will show up who can't because they can't get on the list.
  9. I've had so many awesome sticks over the years, but I guess I could make a list. 1. Titan TSM8, this was stick of choice in the mid 90's. 2. Louisville Fontaine shaft. My first composite shaft, and I loved it to death. 3. Easton Stealth S19. This stick lasted me 2 years of abuse. Still use it on my deck. 4. Easton Mako and Mako II. Dangles for days. Mako is now a tapered shaft for playing around with and the Mako II I pull out for drop ins every once and awhile. 5. Warrior Widow. I'm glad I actually took a chance on these when they went on clearance. Best stick I've used in a long time!
  10. Probably because the shoulder cups restrict over head movement while playing lacrosse. I've seen guys use lacrosse pads for ice hockey, and I've considered it myself, but like Cosmic said, not many offer much in the way of shoulder protection going into the boards.
  11. Thanks for the replies guys! I knew I wasn't losing my mind. =)
  12. I tried looking for them on google and searched the forum here, but does any one remember those weird wheels from the 90's that were made up of lots of little wheels and they were supposed to help you do slide stops easier. I could have sworn they were called ice wheels or something like that. Anyways a couple friends of mine think I'm crazy, but I'm sure some of you old timers who played roller in the 90's remember them. Maybe I'm crazy, but I was feeling a bit nostalgic lately and was trying to find some.
  13. Wearing green trying to screen the goalie unsuccessfully.
  14. 1. CCM Pro Tacks 2. CCM 1152 3. CCM 752 with the Insta-Pump 4. CCM 352 I haven't really cared for any other skates to put them in the #5 slot. Absolutely hate my pair of Eastons right now.
  15. I have a couple old HT2's in my dad's attic, and I have the last one I bought in 2004 in my gear bag right now. The black foam is very stiff when left to dry over time. It softens up after about 20-30 minutes on the ice. I only use it when I'm doing stick and pucks, or feeling nostalgic.
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