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  1. I am somewhat familiar with Raven Hockey sticks (www.ravenhockey.com) having purchased one for my son last year. I read and believed the backstory of them - a group of Canadian hockey dads who worked with University of Calgary (or something like that) to create an intermediate stick with the proper flex. I was just bopping around the Internet and came across a website for Hot Shot Stix (https://www.hotshotstix.com/) . The product looks eerily similar in terms of concept, graphics etc. Can anyone tell me the background of this Company? Are they just ripping off the Raven concept or vice-versa?
  2. Thanks for the response. Very helpful. I should have also mentioned my son has very small feet. So he was in Youth sizes till this year. In Youth we were limited to the entry level and something that resembled a steel boot. Now we have more options.
  3. Hockey dad here of an 8 year old. When I grew up, dad would always buy the top of line Super Tacks, Bauer 100's etc. Back then we had choice of two or three levels. The higher levels usually meant more leather and hence better fit and flex. Today when I walk into a store, I am dumbfounded by the number of choices - even within a brand and line. Admittedly, I am also suffering from a bit of sticker shock - mind you, I can and don't mind spending money on expensive equipment where I think you get something back. The problem I see in skates is that I don't think kids my son's age should be skating in top of the line skates. They appear to be to stiff for your average 50 lb. kid. Too often when working with kids I see that they can't get enough flex in the skate to keep the whole edge on the ice - the heel tends to fly up or they don't really get enough bend in the leg. When you walk into the store, they just want to sell you the top of line stuff and honestly I don't blame the salesguys - most believe they are selling you the best product. Same stuff happens in the ski industry with racing boots and top of the line skis being to stiff for almost all recreational skiers. For the past few years I have been putting my son on the cheapest Supremes and they seemed to be fine. Once I did find that the initial quality of these skates to be suspect as the blades were actually warped. Nothing a vice couldn't fix. I had one skating coach (ex pro) tell me I was doing the right thing. I've had others roll their eyes when they see the cheapo skates. Why roll-over the tongue and not crank down on the laces if the skate is ultra stiff? I guess I am bit insecure and looking for some affirmation that my rationale is correct or maybe someone can tell me if they measure flex levels in skates (ala sticks). I am struggling to buy the best skate for a 50 lb kid right now. He has a Supreme shaped foot but I am not opposed to other mid to wide brands / lines (i.e. Grafs etc.). So much has been done in stick flex technology yet nothing in skate.
  4. I second the Raven option. I had a 6 year old son on their 20 stick. Was impressed with the product. I found the blade a little thick. However, all in all, much better than anything else in that price point IMO. Otherwise need to go full custom with something like BASE or something.
  5. All the equipment companies are taking sizable hits on these bankruptcies. Here Bauer's parent PSG loses another $15-20mm (including Easton and Maverik). PSG lost ~$24mm in the bankruptcies of Sports Authority and Team Express (baseball online retailer). These are not trivial amounts for PSG / Bauer whose stock is in the toilet. CCM / Reebok has to be feeling similar pressures from Adidas parent who wants to sell the unit. In the end, these companies will look to offset these pains with higher prices and tighter trade credit (poor mom & pop retailers). That $300 over-priced stick is going to cost a lot more next year. My Pure Hockey experience has been mixed. I think their larger Marlboro, MA and Burlington, MA stores are great - only topped by Hockey Monkey with their indoor shooting rink. Where Pure Hockey struggles is in smaller stores and where they just have bad managers. It totally depends on the store manager and employees he attracts.
  6. I am doing a little research on the effects of the fall of the CAD in 2014 and 2015 and what that means for the price of hockey equipment for potential article. We know from public filings that Bauer's profitability has suffered due to the CAD fall (amongst other things). We can assume CCM (reebok) is feeling the same pain. These companies source much of their goods from China via USD dollar denominated contracts. I am curious if any retailers or consumers can comment on observed price changes in the Canadian market (i.e. MSRP) as a result of this currency fluctuations. It is my impression that manufacturers were unable to push through price increases last year (too late to react due to lead times) and that they are trying to make up for it this year. I know things like skates are not exactly comparable due to model changes and we now see C$999 top price point for both brands.
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