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About Speedz98

  • Birthday 10/31/1992


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    VH Footwear
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    Easton s17, Bauer One95, Easton SE16, Easton ST, Easton Mako, Easton Mako II, Bauer APX2, Bauer 1X
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    Warrior Franchise, Eagle PPF X844
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    Easton S19,Easton E700, Now Bauer Re-Akt
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    Bauer One 90 Girdle
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    Bauer Supreme Classic
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    Easton S19
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    Easton RS
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    New Jersey
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    Guitar, Classic Rock, Hockey, New Jersey Devils
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  1. Warrior Gionta, Pro Kovalev and pro Kovalchuk. Maybe p28 with lower lie.
  2. This is very true and I think from experience, If shooting from the heel, I don't wind up as much. Facing away from the net I can start shooting from the heel with a sweeping wrist shot just in line with my back foot as oppose to winding up behind me more. Have to roll the wrist more though to keep it under the crossbar. Shooting from the toe certainly does require a bit of a pull before release. If you do it right shooting lasers can be effortless.
  3. I coach PW and SQ but at a tournament my organization went to, our Mite team lit their competition up and outscored the opposition pretty heavily. The tournament had the Mites play with blue pucks...All our mite teams practice with black. I think for little little guys 3-5 years old in some cases, using blue pucks to work on skill development and fundamentals so they can physically manipulate and have the strength to make the puck do things isn't a bad idea at all. When you have little players starting that early it's not a terrible idea to try to cater to their strength levels. For team practices though, especially Mite Major teams, 6-8 years old..black pucks are the way to go. You want them to have the strength to make cross-ice passes to prepare them for full-ice hockey (squirts). For adults, working with Orange pucks presents another challenge and is equivalent to weight training in my mind. Imagine working on your hands two days before a game with an orange puck and then playing with a regulation one..how light it will feel, it'll be like a toy on your blade. That's progress.
  4. The observation that using the p28 curve is unforgiving to improper form is exactly on point. From my experience as a skills instructor, using this curve has revealed to me that it takes a player with consistent technical mastery to get as much bang-for-your-buck out of the curve. It's not a lazy players curve and with the rocker I strongly feel you need to have it cut under your chin and operate with the puck with both hands in front of your body as much as possible. Can't allow top hand to rest on hip. If my knees aren't in a deep knee bend it's difficult to use the curve. Must have heel on ice for catching and making passes with power and precision and in order to get as much blade on the ice knees must be bent. When shooting off the toe hands must be thrown out in front of the body and you may want to pull puck in towards your feet. It will be difficult getting that leverage without deep knee bend. Since using the p28 curve I've cut my sticks the shortest I've ever had them in my adult life. This curve is not for everyone as it is VERY unforgiving of bad habits.
  5. I always say, if you always expect the puck to come to you- you'll never be surprise. You need to know what you want to do with the puck before you even have to make that decision I like to have always have two options in my head usually when I'm on the ice awaiting a pass or getting open. Also when you skate with the puck with your head up things tend to slow down. The level of on-ice awareness you can be increased by choosing to acquire information. Know where your teammates are and where possible pressure from the other team is coming from and always prepare ahead. Plan ahead, know what you want to do with it before you get it, always look around.
  6. For me, when it comes to the lie and the length of the stick - my personal rule of thumb is want as much blade flat on the ice when I am in full hockey position. That's 90 degree knee bend and both hands in front of my body. I want my top hand in front of my belly button and my hands about a foot apart on the stick. This allows me to be in that powerful, balanced, loaded stance and still be able to see the puck with my head up since my blade is in front of me and in my peripheral field of vision. I know when I'm just dickin' around at like sticks-and-pucks I don't bend my knees as often so my shot and stick-handling tends to suffer. The only solution to that is using a longer stick for lazy habits. The difficulties you may be encountering could be a difference of posture between a casual skate and game time.
  7. My first thought when considering this problem is that you may be absorbing too much energy from the flex of the stick. Not enough of the power you're generating is transferring to the puck. This could be a result of improper form. Make sure arms are straight, nearly locked, and away from the body during your swing. Allow your hips and toes to finish square to your target. Keep bottom hand relaxed until making contact with the puck. Also I agree with the suggestions that the stick may be too stiff. That's a possible cause.
  8. Actually, literally, breathtaking.
  9. probably. But if you gained 5-10 pound of muscle then it wouldn't be a problem. Some stick companies might have customizers that allow you to use intermediates that are whippier than 60 flex. Right now I'm 5'6'' 164lbs and I use an intermediate 67 that I've cut down to about a 78-80 flex. I am able to get a hot-shot off quick under pressure in games because the whip is suitable to my body weight and strength levels.
  10. I think you should consider using a 55 flex stick. Maybe even 50 depending on how short you cut your stick.
  11. I'm also very interested in purchasing a stick with this curve, wondering if it's closer to the warrior W10 gionta or the E28/ Giroux p28.
  12. Kind of looks like a Kings jersey that never got to be.
  13. One of the reasons I wanted to take a chance on VH hockey skates was because I admired the innovation and philanthropic endeavor from SVH. Low cut boot with a skatng-stride in mind with fully moldable materials for max control. I'm all about that philosophy. Certainly I wanted to be part of that first wave of VH users just to get the experience in and further support VH Footwear's mission. Regarding getting an even stiffer boot, maybe that's something I'll consider, I just want to squeeze another year out of these skates. I'll have to find a way to send them in for repairs, I don't mind the costs - it's just very difficult finding a period of time that I don't have to be on ice for any reason or another. I could use my old skates and put steel back into them but it's been so long I'm fearful of struggling to skate and I need to be accountable for my technique as I demonstrate many power skating drills and am counted on to do so at my rink.
  14. Not just material surrounding eyelets and stitching but an actual hard piece of material coming off the boot. and when I first got them, unscathed, for comparison. Certainly I had the option to send them back to Scott Van Horne for repairs but I can't even be two-days without my skates because of how much my job depends on them. Still, if these are the same skates being made for NHLers I'd expect them to stand up to the grind of coaching travel hockey and playing mens league.
  15. It's been 10 months since I've been using my VH footwear skates. I put in a consider amount of use with them between coaching, lessons, mens league, summer camps. I may average between 15-20 hours a week on my skates. During the time I've had them I've had to nearly replace all the rivets and I've had material falling apart near the toe cap and eyelets. Also the stiffness is rapidly waning and one eyelet on my left skate is starting to show signs of failure. I always remove my footbeds on days where I skate 2+ hours and hang my skates to dry. Originally I wasn't so concerned and dismissed some of the wear as cosmetic and non-performance impacting but comparing the wear to other skates the coaches I work with have and for a longer period of time as well as my last pair of skates that I had used for 3 years it seems my VH skates are breaking down far too quickly. This past month I've encountered trouble with getting heel lock in my left skate which hadn't been a problem for the previous 9 months as well as lateral stability. Skates that originally fit like a sock with zero negative space are starting to take effort to keep tight. I never used to have to put much effort into tying my VH skates but now it seems I working hard to keep them fitting like they used to. I am a huge fan of the performance as well as the fit - I simply don't know how I could ever go back to a boot that didn't fit like my VH skates. I'm just terrified of the wear and what appears to be the inevitable doom of my favorite skates. $850 is a lot of coin to drop on a new pair of skates every year. I'll post pictures shortly of some of the wear my skates have endured.
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