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helmet91

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helmet91 last won the day on August 30 2021

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  1. What do they do with all of these skates that people return??
  2. Was there a Rupp's hockey shop back in the 90s? I remember checking out a huge shop in Pittsburgh while visiting 30 years ago. I could be completely making it up... LOL
  3. I can't help with your questions... That said, I'm rather jealous of you - and if my wife wins out I might follow your footsteps in a few years. We're not exactly in an ice hockey hotbed over here and corona has wrecked the last two seasons (for my kids); and I haven't been able to play at all (after finally getting back into the game when we were in the DC area). I think I've been on the ice (to include the fluke cold snap outdoor ice last winter) maybe eight or nine times over the last 24 months. Things will definitely change if we go back to MN. Speaking of, can anyone direct me to a forum dealing with youth/JV/high school hockey in MN? My oldest boys will probably be in 10th or 11th grade by the time we get back and I'm worried about their hockey opportunities trying to get on a team with kids that have been together since they were 5. What happens if you don't make your school team?? /end thread highjack
  4. Alan Walsh has a flair for the dramatic but I don't think he's wrong in this case.
  5. How about... where in the world do I find anything in stock? Trying to track down Shock Doctor tops and bottoms for my two peewees is next to impossible. I can't find Youth XL or Adult XS at the normal suspects - and we don't have any local shops with any sort of stock/selection even without supply shortages. Pretty frustrating...
  6. It definitely wouldn't be a regular thing. I'd bet the 1-1/4 ring would last me a very, very long time. I can't imagine I'd have to go this route more than once or twice a season, and that's across the board for all the skaters in the house.
  7. Dumb question... Do you think you could use a 1-1/4 radius wheel as a de facto cross grind wheel? I have four skaters in the house, not including me... and they're regularly dinging up their blades (5/8 Fire, 1/2 and 5/8) at no fault of their own. The rinks here aren't the best and there's plenty of blade unfriendly things in the locker room, the halls, the benches, etc. Most times a regular four passes cleans everything up, but on occasion it looks they ran across the parking lot (slight exaggeration) and all the passes in the world won't "fix" the issue. Would the relative "flatness" of the 1-1/4 cleanup those stubborn dings? Or is that going to waste passes with my other rings after using the 1-1/4? Granted I wouldn't do it very often, just in dire circumstances. Thoughts? I'm just spitballing here... And please don't suggest taking the skates to a shop - hockey shops are few and far between here; with limited hours; and questionable sharpening results. Throw in the new COVID lockdown and getting skates sharpened outside of our Sparx here at home is pretty much not going to happen. Thanks and Happy New Year!
  8. Yep... 21% here. Fortunately I can get it refunded - or just order direct from the States.
  9. Apple Watch hockey tracker? Sorry to go off-topic...
  10. Seems like a solution in search of a problem??
  11. The funny part about my boys is one is a lefty and the other a righty!
  12. Glad you can write off someone you've never met based upon a travel club requiring kids to look uniform. Pretty cool.
  13. It was like that across the two leagues they played in. l never really thought much of it. I've got no problem with the kids looking uniform, especially as they move up the ranks. The person you're referring to has been the director (and coach) of a pretty successful Tier 2 program, mite through midget major, for over twenty years at this point. He must be doing something right. I've never heard anyone complain about little Braden using a helmet that matches his jersey or not using neon green laces when the team colors are black and red. /shrug
  14. My sons, now U13, did the colored laces thing starting in daddy&me learn to skate classes. As part of getting them excited for learning to skate we let them choose lace and helmet color... It also allowed us to quickly figure out who was who out on the ice as they are twins. LOL Bright blue helmets and red, silver, yellow*, neon green, neon blue, etc. laces (not to mention fun stick tape colors) went by the wayside when they made the mite major travel team and only certain lace and tape colors were allowed, not to mention black helmets being required. Three years later one has adopted black laces and the other white. *We were in NoVA… tons of kids trying to mimic Ovi. LOL
  15. FWIW, I just checked two Stealth CX sticks - one is retail (gold highlights) and the other is a Tyler Bozak pro model (blue highlights). They were both made in China.
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