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colins last won the day on July 4

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  1. Yeah but the size of the market for folks willing to swap holders to access your steel is hundreds of times smaller than the size of the market of folks willing to use your steel on their factory CCM or Bauer skates.
  2. So buy Tydan if you want to help keep the skate steel market an open one, so skate manufacturers can't sue competitors out of existence due to the shape of the steel.
  3. When everyone gets back to the rinks I imagine it'll have a direct impact on the volume of discussion here. Personally, I've been looking more at inline and ABS blade info lately, strictly due to circumstances. Focus is on off ice training/practice opportunities and that doesn't need much in terms of the usual on ice equipment. I'm using my Sparx beer koozies daily, but my sharpener not so much
  4. Yes. I go up 10 (from 75 to 85) on the True 5.2 SBP vs. my CCM Tacks and Bauer Nexus which I prefer at 75/77. Speaking about all 3 at the same length. The Trues feel whipper to me, and I have a bunch of them. The 85 I find great, and I can switch between it and my CCM and Bauer 75 and 77 without any trouble. colins
  5. I think we know it's caused by excess pressure on the tendon leading to rubbing/damage and inflammation. You can rehab the tendon through band-resistance exercise and rest. It's cured by increasing the volume in your skate so the laces don't cut into or apply as much pressure on the tendon. This can be done by switching skates to a deeper boot (pencil test), or installing lace eyelet extenders to increase the facing of the boot at the point of the pressure/contact. Everything else is just masking the issue or a band-aid. colins
  6. I used one as a kid on ice, it was my favorite stick at the time. Of course seeing Gretzky using one had some influence on that. The blade though was mostly wooden, it was just the frame around it that had a plastic composite material to avoid the quick wear on the bottom of the blade that plagued all other wooden sticks of that era. Titan's founder describes the construction of the blade here in the clip from Hockey Tutorial (the stick he's holding is not a TPM 2020 it looks like a regular wood blade): Here's a good pic of the blade:
  7. Pure used to sell it:https://www.purehockey.com/product/titan-tpm-2020-composite-stick-senior/itm/17169-41/
  8. The SuperTacks shell has a protective element to it around the kidney area. It also has a zipper to extend it's length. Bauer shells work great too but no extra protection and other than the zippers on the inside thigh no adjustments. colins
  9. Super Tacks gen 1 was indeed a disaster! Just thinking... has there been a worse successor to a near perfect stick line (the original Tacks and the Ultra Tacks being in that category - they were solid, reliable, overall great sticks used by so many)? CCM blew it with the Super Tacks. My kids were big fans before that release - but went back to Bauer and the Nexus when the Super Tacks flopped and everyone's blades were falling apart in record time. colins
  10. I've spent a bunch of time thinking about the same idea on what makes some games great and others it seems like you are just swimming against the tide. I think in my experience, it's a lot more mental than physical, and for the mental side of it - rest, stress, distractions - that seems to be the biggest thing. I think it's why the idea of the pre-game nap is so highly valued - it prepares you mentally for being sharp on the ice. Have you ever stopped to think about things like how much sleep you had the night before a good performance vs. a bad one, or how much mental rest vs. stress you faced that day of a good performance vs. a bad one? I'm not a performance coach so I don't mean to derail the thread, but in my own experience these are some of the conclusions I've come to in analyzing my own performance. Literally some games I know exactly (mentally) what I want to do or need to do, yet that connection between the mind and body seems ever so delayed such that when I go to execute I just seem to be forcing it instead of it 'just happening' automatically. Should have had that pre-game nap! colins
  11. There are a lot of important roles, not just those on the ice. Once your kid is playing organized hockey on some type of select team, the manager role is huge. All you need to be a good manager is a level head, good organization and communication skills, and the ability to role with the punches. I coached youth hockey allstar level, and the choice of team manager was huge - the difference between a good or bad season was largely on the quality of team manager you found for that role. So to the OP - if you're motivated and want to help, don't be discouraged if you lack on ice skills, a hockey team is more than that - there are other ways you can be a key part of the teams' success while you work to develop your on ice skills. colins
  12. No I don't think you can have solid plastic on shoulder or elbows anymore. Here's the Cooper Defender ones I was talking about. Lots of these around the bantam/midget hockey world in the late 80's: And these... the chest plate on these below look more familiar, but I remember the shoulder caps being huge like in the top pic... I didn't remember there being two different versions of these but maybe so.
  13. He's got volume down low but near his instep it's anyone's guess. You can't tell from that pic if he's left the laces loose there intentionally to keep the spacing open to assist in that massive crease he's got going or not. There's very little about his skate setup that looks normal or average.
  14. The pair I had we used to call 'Defenders' - I thought they were Cooper branded? You couldn't lift your arms over your head without them riding up and pinching your ears. Everyone looked huge in them though. No, they shouldn't come back.
  15. Ultimately I think you have to decide what type of player you are and optimize for that. Laine - Super long stick and a curve to optimize shooting over everything else. Ovechkin - Nine iron type huge open toe curve to optimize one timers over everything else. Crosby - Short stick with almost no curve to optimize puck control close to his body and playmaking over everything else. Pick the curve / length that suits your style. There's no right or wrong answers, just the answer that lets you optimize your game to be the type of player you want to be. colins
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