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BenBreeg

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  1. Depends first on the size of the organization. We picked a large org because they had enough teams for red, white, and blue adm. they have in-house up to 14 years old with multiple divisions by skill level. If that isn’t possible then at least divide them into like skill groups for practice. It’s also not linear, kids progress very differently, two months from now the pecking order could be very different. At the end of the day, for 5-6 year olds games aren’t really important, nor is structure. They play to learn, not learn to play so to speak.
  2. Meta, There are a lot of people who have been on here a long time and get along to make this place worthwhile to visit. Many bring experience from the hockey equipment world you aren't going to find anywhere else. While every once in a while things get misinterpreted or people may cross the line a bit, it is an extremely rare occurrence. This is not like the majority of places on the internet where people treat each other like garbage from behind their keyboards. I would suggest if you want to take part in the discussions here and have people take you seriously, stop calling people names and acting like you have in this thread.
  3. Calling someone a boomer is 1) THE laziest argument around and 2) one of the most pathetic forms of condescension there is. You posted an opinion, not a factual argument, and people disagreed with you after you asked for their thoughts. You don’t like the opinion so you attack the person. That’s some A+ immaturity right there.
  4. caveman27 summed it up nicely so I won't repeat what he said. My input is I don't see the guys I play with act like this, most guys have older gear, replaced when it wears out or whatever. Some guys are hanging onto stuff that should be taken out and shot. Lastly, at this point in my life, if I want to blow money on a top end stick or skates I don't give a rat's ass what other people say. I don't, but if I did it's up to me. Same with music, I know there is diminishing returns on instruments over a certain price point, but if for some reason I wanted an expensive guitar or amp or whatever, it's nobody else's business.
  5. Not the lowest bar, I won't complain as long as both teams have 5 players on the right side of the puck.
  6. Not sure who brought it up but Crosby is known for it.
  7. Also available at Home Depot or Lowes, probably where you find the moving stuff, bubble wrap, boxes, etc.
  8. Good read, would be interesting to see some measurement of the stretch shortening cycle for skating vs. running. Joe DeFranco tests athletes’ counter movement jump (utilizing stretch shortening) vs. their static jump to determine whether they are utilizing their stored energy or relying on more muscular strength and then adjusts training accordingly.
  9. I just got the EZ Goal, my brother has it as well. He has a bomb of a shot and his is holding up. My shot is average but I was disappointed that the posts did dent a bit when I hit them. Overall i think it will be fine. The Arizona Sports Equipment ones are really nice but couldn’t justify it.
  10. Its all opinion. Thousands of top level skaters in history started on whatever random shape the blade came out of the box, continued with whatever shape it morphed into through repeated sharpenings, and then back to another random profile when they got new skates. What may seem intuitive may in fact be correct or it may end up being wrong. There are lots of examples where people have success doing the opposite of “conventional wisdom”. Until you have a body of actual data, it will continue to be opinion-based.
  11. I am aware of the studies and have followed everything everyone here who has experience has posted. I just don't think they are using data to develop the profiles otherwise they would be able to prescribe them better or present evidence as to why one was better period or in a certain context or for a particular skater. I haven't found a cohesive explanation. Think about mom and little Joey who buy new skates and get upsold a profile, they are going to go with whatever is suggested without a clue of what they are buying.
  12. Agreed, or chase the coach or anything where there are unexpected changes of direction, acceleration, etc. I think my son may have gotten better at public skate with friends as much as anything formal. Keep it fun and they won't even know they are learning!
  13. It CAN help you. It could also hurt you if you went with a profile that works against you. The problem with the current state of profiling IMO is there are too many, not enough empirical data to make recommendations, and definitely few experts available to the end user to help make decisions. Add that it is extremely expensive to test many profiles and that I think describes the current state.
  14. I have Warrior Bentley's I got at Dunham's for like $25 max. All I need out of my shoulder pads is general coverage for random puck or stick and light weight/low profile/cool.
  15. Another thing to consider is the new CCM skates have replaceable tongue. Get a great fit everywhere else and maybe swap in a thinner tongue and that may be enough. If I could get a thinner tongue on my Ribcores I think I would be in pretty good shape.
  16. Interesting considering the store he came from charges $25, although I think I've always had them do it when I bought new skates, so not sure if they discount for that or if that is the price regardless.
  17. I have heard good things about his shop though I haven't used him for anything to this point. Sewickly is no closer than Neville for me so I just keep going to Rich.
  18. I think trying skates on is the only avenue, but as others have said, is it really a problem? If he is bulging out the top of a Tacks, I don't know that any other line is going to be better. I have a “tall” instep I guess, where I have a med to narrow foot (with a wider forefoot/toes) and I am above the eyelets in the middle of the lacing pattern in Ribcores. No big deal. I would rather have it fit in the rest of the skate. I only lace snug. If you cranked there you would have issues.
  19. Everything being equal, there is one variable, the shape of the blade, which is promoted to optimize the way you skate, how can you not compare them?
  20. Maybe a bigger sample size before everyone characterizes Bauer's entire NPD team as incompetent...
  21. Agree, don't want Tampa to win two in a row and while most teams probably benefit from cap relief due to injuries the extent of this leaves a sour taste in my mouth. The Cole Caufield story is cool, obviously no stage is too big for him.
  22. I feel like booting out is a problem created to validate a solution, taller steel. You didn’t see Orr, Coffey, or now Crosby “bottoming out” and they were on much softer boots (or the predecessor to the boot in question) and lower blade/holder height. If you are hitting the side of the boot on the ice causing you to spin out, it isn’t the boot.
  23. Yes, the video is showing a way to skip a section, but in the comments, other videos and previous discussions here reversing the order of threading (outside-in) has been proposed as a way to reduce lace bite, even though it is the same lacing pattern just inverted.
  24. Of course they do, why would they waste bandwidth explaining the past? You always argue the present (meaning market the present).
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