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colins

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colins last won the day on March 23

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. This is very real and can't be overstated. You need to be confident and alert, and wearing proper equipment, gloves, helmet with visor, even elbow pads would be highly recommended first starting out. Chances are you will get knocked down or fall at some point, and the injuries that come from that are no fun.
  8. Most likely rocker/lie. Go 2-3 inches shorter on the P92 vs. the P88 in stick length and you'll likely see a huge difference. P92 is no good if you're a low skater who likes to keep the puck out in front with an average or long stick. Shorten it up and play it closer to the body and it'll work much better. colins
  9. Yeah that kills the interest for me. colins
  10. That's the beauty of the JDP style elbows. It's the next best thing to finding the ultimate - the Jofa 9144 pro stock.
  11. I would definitely try the Tacks, they have the jdp cap.Size wise I guess you need to go with what's comfortable but my recommendation would be don't go any bigger than necessary. Few areas are worse IMHO as far as bulky equipment goes than on your elbows when you're trying to stick handle and make skilled plays. The JDP style cap on the elbow/forearm is time proven design worn by nearly all pro players - you don't need to hit the top end AS1, the 9080 and 9060 feature it too. I'd take the 9080s just because they are black and won't look dirty after a few weeks.
  12. Where are you located? The Bauer Nexus S19 League Edition is a superior stick and are available for $150 cdn each + tax around most major centers in Canada. hockeystickman.ca is currently selling the FT2 Team for $149 cdn.
  13. I assumed you were skipping 3 to enhance forward flex/movement in your boot. I think skipping 1 is the better way to do that in today's boots. Lots of NHL skaters do this, including McDavid. It might feel a little strange the first time but keep it for several sessions and you'll quickly adapt and have more mobility on your edges. Make sure you have thick/wide laces, not skinny ones that will cut in. Howies or Elite Pro X7 are usually my go-to. Extenders are great - but they're a work-around - don't keep masking the issue and skating with that injury... which is what it is. Heal it up - try these exercises a few times a day, it'll help a lot. Not my video but my son has used this and it worked: @Vet88 Posted one of my pics early from some single lace extenders I made, and here's the more beefy double extenders I did up from an old leather belt. These were being used on eyelets 3/4 but you'd want to go higher and use yours on 2/3 I'd imagine. The Greatskates ones have 3 holes so you could attach them to 2/3 and use them for 2/3/4. I switched to using old wax laces (all they are good for IMHO) to attach these, I wasn't comfortable having the screws/nuts around the ankles, figured the lace was less bulky and less chance of something going wrong. I tied them really tight, snipped off the ends and burnt them slightly with a lighter:
  14. The pencil test is usually done right in the pocket of the 'L' shape of the facing (eyelet 4 or 5) where it transitions from instep to shin. Not way up where you are placing it. Is your heel lock OK? Your heel sitting back in the pocket? I think your problem isn't depth at all it's that you are tying your skates too tight at the top 1 or 2 eyelet and your tongue is probably breaking down and the laces are cutting in. Why do you skip eyelet 3? That puts extra strain on 2. I would fully heal your bump/lacebite (there are exercises with a resistance band on youtube that will greatly help accelerate that) and switch to lacing without skipping eyelet 3. Instead skip eyelet 1. And get some new wide skate laces (howies or Elite Hockey) non-wax. But don't do anything until you heal that bump up.
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