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Playmakersedge last won the day on December 30 2017

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  1. Scott , what's happening slow but sure is you are getting what we call hockey legs .... The getting up from the one knee on the ice one blade on the ice : don't forget you can use the muscle on the knee down leg by pushing your toe cap into the ice to assist the quads on the blade on the ice leg . Grab the dinning room chairs or kitchen chairs and use the to assist you doing squats. Do ten or twenty twice a day . Use your arms as much as you have to . Two months you won't need the chairs .
  2. Hi Scott, sounds like you are having progress. My advice is: be strict about skating position,, knees bent and over your toes and your shoulders over your knees , feet shoulder width. I would be happy to spend a weekend working with you one on one for nothing. There's two hours of public skating on Saturday and Sunday.
  3. Hi all , I reached out to Botas to buy a pair of there skates after seeing them in pics on line . The sizing was very simple; stand on paper trace your feet then measure the two longest points . You take that number and go to the sizing table and pick your size.. The boot runs wide . The skates can be ordered with no blades so the holder of your preference can be installed. My skates I have the Botas blade holder with there best steel . They arived , opened the box and each skate was wrapped in paper , the boot had a introductory manual and a warrnty card , i examined the stitching, the centering of the blades then i put the laces in and noticed the laces felt more substantial then many factory laces. The blades were sharpened . The blade holder looks identical to the tuuk custom but higher in the heel . Putting the skates on you have to work to get the heel home in the pocket. There is lots of ankle padding. The heel seated and the skates laced and tightened the foot is wrapped nicely. I then set the sharpener up and put a 5/8" hallow. The next day I go to a public skating session put them on and go on the ice . With in 3-4 strides I felt home on the skates. I am so happy with them . What I didn't do is pick up the insoles to see if there is access to the runner fastener to see if the steels can be replaced with out removing the holder . I'm very impressed with the skates .
  4. What kind of skater are you as far as leg bend or form ? How tall are you? . I will tell you up front I am not current on the curve patterns. My self I like a blade that has a that's more at the toe and gradual back. I played with a lie 5 I believe that would enable me to have room to stick handle and evade without feeling bound up . I also used a stick that was just about at the height of the where the neck goes to the sternum. I did modify my stick blade by twisting it . I don't know if the composite sticks can be heated and tweaked. Maybe some of this will give you ideas or experiment.
  5. They are giving them selves room to receive a pass . It also can make the d chomping at the bit get drawn in and caught up (not likely in nhl) . Other wing heads up ice ,center should have read this and be dam near the blue line. Wing hit the other wing with pass as he is in motion, then he hits the center now moving on a diagonal ,then weave off the back of the center. Puck is now almost in the o zone. The wing that started the play is digging up the back. Center fakes a shot drops to the wing who should have a clean shot top right. Center is going that post for a rebound or recontrol the puck on a wide shot . The other wing is driving hard for the rebound . If the play goes to hell the center is looping to center either with the puck that went wide or without and it coughed out to the point. Lots of sweeping movement crisp passes are hard to defend. The set up for this all started with the wing creating room in the d zone. If another another player is fast enough to take off from his position and cover your man and beats you to the man ; he was right you couldn't get to him . In this case roll off formation and take his man that is probably closer to you or give him a fail safe . Cover for your team mates always
  6. Like the way you worded that. One of things that's great about hockey is no situation is ever identical . I running a blank here on the exact term been so long since used . At around squirt level I remember coaches breaking both ends into grids . Using this and basics like don't turn your back to the puck. Stay moving . This seemed help getting folks close to the place to be ..... it would be nice if beer league teams had a practice . A grid can be made with a chalk line a carpenter would use.
  7. Well the lhs is a business that we all need as hockey players. To keep the business open helps all the players in a specific area . Yeah you may pay a little more on something. But that service will be available to you come time for cutting a profile and sharpening. The two lhs that were around when I was coming up threw youth to eventually pro ; were instrumental in my career. I worked on cars starting at 10 to pay for most of hockey. They spoke well of me to local college coaches power skating and conditioning coaches . These guys got me the opportunity. One shop was owned by an ex Boston bruin . At twelve I went threw four pair of skates needing my fith from growing. Gives me super tacks . I know it' not always like that . We need guys like that around. We gotta keep the lhs open. I thinking about a mobile hockey shop . Sell choice brands. Give red carpet service. How do you think that would be received?
  8. I'm basing this off just being able to read you are talking about defense zone losing situation control and break out opportunities. .... got a couple questions : can your team afford extra ice time to practice ? .Have the more experienced folks appose the less experienced; ALL in controlled walk threw pace . The more seasoned players are actually explaining how to defend them ..... Is there chalk talks happening? Also the center is he or she a stand then react player or a constant on the move? Who is covering the hash marks to the corners ? I have seen many times with beginning players or over anxious getting pulled into the corner you got two players there that leaves two passing options, coughing it back to the other d behind the net or the center reading it and giving a pass option to being at the top of the circle. The other wing digging and getting in a affective position . The d that was covering the net area hopefully read the movement and is also digging . Possible three on two . But the typical with inexperienced players is you get three players from the hash to the corner probably pulled in by one opposing player maybe two . That gives you one d and one wing to cover three men . Alot is on the free wing . If he or she is flat footed its going to be a cluster. If a rover Great chance of grabbing a pass or preventing a scoring opportunity. Try showing your team these situations.
  9. Hey all, Is there any opinion on these blade holders and steels . I got a set coming that were on sale $10 per side to put on a pair of Daoust 301 New old stock that someone scarfed the clear tuuks from and installed icm blades on . They put the holders on crooked .
  10. I want someone to try vacuum bags
  11. There is a heat activated adhesive that is applied like a tape. Squeezed and heated to activate . Or I hear the skate goes on hard when putting them on after the bake. They may have put that there to prevent the insole / foot bed from sliding
  12. Something about profile that I want to mention. When a profile is cut on a blade the profile is cut on the skating surface. After a profile is cut it actually leaves a high toe and heel . The technician has to go back and free hand blend the toe and the heel . I have seen guys ruin a profile from one sharpening. You don't want those people to touch your skates. A good technician will approach the wheel go in the direction of rotation and slide the skate over the wheel in a straight plain .finger tips on the holder. If you go to the same place, same tech the profile shouldn't be changed much or at all. This being said the spark being consistent your profile should be accurate on the skating area of the blade .
  13. Look at the power draw of the machine. It will give you the watts and amps the machine draws and requires. An inverter is a really handy thing to have . I would get 2000 watt . I just got a tool and equipment cat with stuff on sale company is Eastwood .They have a pure sign wave inverter $129.99 item # 31464. eastwood.com
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