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krisdrum last won the day on January 27 2020

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  1. I am learning there are crazies everywhere! My kid plays AAA, but since we just moved last year and have been isolating, we thought it would be good for him to meet some of the town rec kids and play some games if his schedule allowed, help them out if they are short players, whatever and make some connections. Go have some fun and get some extra ice time. He played a few games with them recently and hockey parents are hockey parents, regardless of the level. There are the ones that get it and the ones that don't.
  2. Not surprised, but it is disheartening to hear regardless. I've helped out and worked the bench, but am by no means "coaching" my son. So this is my take as a parent. A lot of parents these days are CRAZY, Type-A, helicopter, win at all costs, my kid should never struggle or face adversity, aggressive MFers. That has included me a few times over the last 6 years of him playing. The best thing I've seen is coaches who call a parent meeting and lay all this stuff out ahead of the season really getting rolling or if you can't do that, create a code of conduct document everyone needs to sign and return to you that outlines things. A few best practices I've seen that could help are: Wait a minimum of 24 hours after a thought crosses your mind before discussing it. Gives the offended party time to reflect and be calm when discussing. Discussing ice time is off-limits. The coaches philosophy on the subject is... and the desired outcome is equal playing time over the course of the season, not game to game. Or if you are in a more competitive situation... you have to earn your ice time based on the following criteria... I think getting all this stuff out of the way up front can solve a lot of issues that pop up throughout the season. It may not avoid them all, but at least it will give folks food for thought before they pull you aside steamed up about some perceived injustice. The only place I see things needing to be immediately address is if there is a safety concern.
  3. 755 should fit more like a Supreme than a Vapor. I believe that replaced the classic 735/535/335 series, which was pretty much a medium volume/medium width skate. In my experience Grafs fit a tiny bit shorter than Bauers of the same size. I was previously in size 5 Vapors. Now in size 5 Grafs and my toes are a bit more squished into the toe cap before I lace up and bend my knees. Once tight, no issues. So if your Bauers feel a bit too long (you said you might like 9.75), I'd probably stick with a size 10 in the Grafs.
  4. Definitely try them on. My experience was they were closest to a 535/735 fit. I have G75 lite and 535 wide right now. I prefer the foot shape of the 535 on my foot, but they are just a bit too shallow (give me a bit of pain and I don't pass the pencil test) and I'd prefer more of a close wrap above the ankle. The G75 lite is deeper (I pass the pencil test and no pain on top of foot) and better ankle/Achilles wrap, but I have a bit more negative space around my heel in the heel cup and they don't contour as much around my foot shape. I don't get any discernible heel slip in the G75, but don't feel as locked in as I do in the 535. I didn't bake the 4400 when I tried them on (bought them online and ended up returning). I recall them being shallower, similar to my 535 and a bit more negative space in the lower heel cup (similar to my G75 lite). Obviously YMMV. The G75 has opened my eyes to the need for proper depth, which I never considered a factor in any of my previous skates, but always had pain/discomfort I had to work through and thought was normal.
  5. I might reach out to Graf directly. I have a feeling the Peakspeed are going to be closer to the fit you got with the G75 then the 707. Granted with modern materials and probably much better reaction to the heat molding process. I know they have an Instagram account and I believe a direct email as well. I had good luck talking to someone over Instagram when I had a question.
  6. No direct experience, but I did try on a pair of 4400, so take my input with a grain of salt. 7700 - top of the line boot, runner and holder. Probably better internal padding and stiffer boot 4700 - 1 step down. Runner and holder not the 5000 series. Boot probably not as stiff or as well padded. What Grafs were you previously in? These fit closest to the classic 735/535 fit.
  7. Thinking back to when my son was that age, it is a bit of a crap shoot. There is only so much even the best fitters can "test" for and unfortunately kids that young usually aren't very good at articulating what they are feeling (I feel space here, here is too tight), so the feedback a fitter is used to is not reliable or available. Early on we sourced skates via the used market based on his foot length. It was a bit trial and error for awhile. As he got older, it was easier to narrow in on problem areas with the fit and solve for those. Now (he is 10) we have him pretty locked in and when we do try something outside what he is used to, he can tell me almost immediately whether he thinks it will work or not.
  8. Really hard to tell from video. I was trying to watch the ref and when the arm went up. Looks like in close to the goalie the blue D stick lifts from underneath, not coming down from on top. I do see what looks like a potential slash a bit earlier, as white F is about to be engaged by the second blue D. But the ref doesn't look like he puts his hand up for a few more seconds. So either delayed call or that wasn't the infraction. I don't see anything that would make me call a penalty shot.
  9. I feel like I can tell the difference between a 5 and 5.5 lie. I am finding I prefer a 5 lie (I'm short) as it allows me to cut the stick longer and get more of the blade on the ice the majority of the time. Sounds like you are experiencing the same thing.
  10. DIY my friend. I updated my post as you were typing yours. If you are looking for a simple solution via retail/off-the-shelf, you are probably out of luck. What size skate do you measure out for?
  11. Exactly. A few months ago I picked up a pair of used, excellent condition Nexus 2700 skates on SLS for $60 shipped. Granted I wear a junior size, so all my gear is inherently cheaper, but still. I already had a roller chassis, wheels, and bearing from my last conversion, but with a bit of luck and shopping around, especially the used market, I'd guess you could grab those for maybe $150. Then either spend $50 to have your local shop mount the chassis on the boot, or do it yourself with some simple tools and hardware. There are a few good videos on YouTube that give step by step instructions. Now you have a nicer boot than your average cheap rollers and a boot that fits you well,for about $250. If you are coming out as a Fit 3 on the Bauer scanner, maybe get scanned again and dig alittle deeper into the data. See if you and the staff can figure out why you are a Fit 3. Is it width, depth, both? Try on some boots. Maybe they have some older Nexus or Supreme before the switch to the new fit system to try on. With a bit of research and try-on, I bet you can get a decent fit for a decent price. If all you want to do is walk into a store, pick something off the shelf and walk out, you are likely out of luck.
  12. So if no insole helps, the boot could be too narrow and/or too shallow.
  13. Have you tried on the Bauer Fit 3 skates? Sat in them for awhile? Walked around? Sounds like maybe your arches are being compressed and collapsing. An insole with proper arch support could help. But you'll have to experiment to find the solution, which costs money.
  14. What do you wear on the ice now? Sounds like Vapor (even in a roller, which tends to be a bit wider) is too narrow/shallow for you. Get a used, good condition pair of the same boot you use on ice, a cheap chassis, wheels, etc. (either separate or from a donor pair of skates) and transfer the chassis to the ice boot. You can do the work yourself with a drill, some bolts and a screwdriver. Or if you feel good about Fit 3 being the right move, pick up a pair of Nexus, as it will be the closest to what the scanner recommended. You might also try the Mission inlines, as they fit closer to a Supreme, but had a bit more width as I understand it. I also come out a fit 3 and I am finding (through some experimentation) that it is less about the width (although that is a factor) and more about the depth I need. I too have suffered through skates that hurt my feet to the point of having to get off the ice, untie, re-tie and try again. Most of the pain is on top of my foot and into my arches. Getting aftermarket insoles with the right amount of arch support is critical. After being scanned for Fit 3, I picked up some older Nexus. The depth is great, no more pain. But the boot is a bit too wide and sloppy. If I go to a lower volume skate, pain comes back. If I go to a narrower skate, but the depth is sufficient, no pain.
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