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About Neal

  • Birthday 08/31/1972


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    Kor Shift 1
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    Innovative 1100 tapered with CCM 892 wood blade
  • Gloves
    Mission Fuel 120
  • Helmet
    CCM Vector 8
  • Pants
    Bauer Lite girdle
  • Shoulder Pads
    Cooper classics
  • Elbow Pads
    D&R EP 40
  • Shin Pads
    Itech SG 955
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    Hockey, duh and 50's and 60's cars
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  1. The blades passed the razor blade technique and I had them checked at Total hockey and they agreed that they were straight. I had them sharpen them and skated yesterday without issue. I'll try swapping the blades skate to skate and see what I learn.
  2. Thanks guys. I'll try the razor blade technique tonight. I have to get them sharpened again, so no great loss if I damage the edge further. I haven't seen the brown mark, but I wasn't sure if the stainless steel used for skate blades would have that telltale mark. I had thought of hitting the bench bases but it has happened at a rink that has those covered. And it is always the same skate, same edge and pretty much the same spot. Seems unlikely I'd hit that spot so consistently if I was doing it by accident.
  3. In 4 of my 5 last games I've lost the inside edge at the heel on the right skate and that is with them being sharpened in between. That is often enough I'm wondering if it isn't a coincidence and there is an underlying issue. It is always right at the same spot. My first thought was that my blade had been bent. I checked it at the rink on a door frame and it seemed fine, but I'll verify on a level at home tonight. My second thought was that my second to last sharpening I ended up with blades that were uncomfortably hot to the touch. And that after they had sat for a minute or two. Is there a way to check if the blades have lost their temper? Any other ideas on what might cause an edge to fail repeatedly in the same spot? Details: Easton M8 - size 10.5 EE - stock blades - FBV 90/50 Thanks!
  4. I did not know such a thing existed but I need one now! On topic, my beer league team made the playoffs for the first time in several years and I'll be out of town for work for the whole thing.
  5. I've heard that from several people I know who live or spend time in the area. But I'm sure that doesn't make the Glendale taxpayers any happier. Chippa I think you've said in the past that winning is key to fan engagement and support. And two playoff series wins in their 20 year history isn't helping with that. In the short term moving the Coyotes to Quebec or somewhere else with a pre-existing fan base makes sense. But if the goal is to build a fan base in a non-traditional hockey market, the NHL needs to keep that team in Arizona and find a way to get some success.
  6. Well, in the Oilers' online crowd, Korpikoski's nickname was Korpse, so maybe that will continue to stick? Quincey has the beard, but he is averaging 1 fight per season in the NHL so I don't think he was added for his punching abilities.
  7. I gotta disagree with you on that statement. Having watched Korpikoski play for the Oilers for a year regularly and a handful of Dallas games this year, he doesn't struggle with confidence but rather a lack of skill. It is a mystery to me how he is still employed by an NHL team.
  8. I like a nice clean tape job. Too much OCD to have a messy one. But I don't think it matters. Luc Robitaille is infamous for his lousy tape jobs they were apparently so bad some of this teammates would retape his sticks because they couldn't stand it. But Luc managed to score a goal or two.
  9. Dubnyk from the Wild is apparently not happy with his new style pants yet. There was an article in the Tribune yesterday saying he was still working with the manufacturer. So that 2/4 date might be in jeopardy.
  10. I haven't seen him in a long time, but there was a goalie at some of the pickups I skate at who wore the old Mike Liut style mask. Only his nose was huge so he'd cut a hole for his nose to stick out. I could never raise the puck against for fear of hitting him in the schnoz.
  11. If you want to seal the damage and possibly strengthen the shaft at that point, I've had good luck with West Systems G Flex epoxy. I've used it mostly on the blades, but it has help up well enough that I think it would work here too.
  12. I like the concept of the All Star jerseys using the colors of the various jerseys the home team has worn throughout the years, but i agree the execution isn't wonderful. The yellow one particularly bugs me. The Kings never wore yellow and black. Switch out the black details for purple on the yellow jersey and now we're talking. What is going on with the numbers? Is there some kind of random pattern in the body of the number? Looks a bit like stained glass or a mosaic.
  13. I think there is an argument that McDavid has been more valuable to the Oilers than Crosby has been to the Penguins. If Crosby misses the first half of the season the Penguins are still a playoff team. If McDavid misses the first half the Oilers are in the running for the first overall pick again. So based on the Hart being "most valuable" not "best player", I'm going with McDavid.
  14. How big is that bad boy? I think you'd get a great reaction if you wore it for warm ups.
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