I think I am going to buy some in-line skates
It's actually a pretty good idea
It’s the hi-lo chassis and the boot being built like an ice hockey skate is the major difference. I use Mission In-line skates, Bauer bought them a few years ago. They are the same boot as the Bauer Supreme that I use in my ice league. Vapor (ice and in-line) are more for players with narrow feet and high arch. Bauer Supreme ice/Mission Inhaler in-line are built for players with wider, flatter feet.I got them. I wear Vapors on the ice, so I figured getting the bottom of the line Vapor in-line skate would be a safe bet in terms of the boot fit, and I was right. They are fantastic really, and for what I want (skating to get some exercise out on an old abandoned tennis court) they are great. I just got back actually and I think they are going to do the trick in term of maintaining some skating feel for this long spring of no ice.
Edit: this is probably obvious to people who think about such things, but hockey in-line skates are a million times better for playing hockey than what I remember from rollerblades. And, in retrospect, most in-line skates must be designed for going straight with stability, not cutting and turning like a hockey player. These Bauers are just better in that regard. Maybe the wheels are closer together or more under the toe?
Nah - we don’t do that. Plus we usually play good games against those guys, I don’t think we’ve blown them out anytime recently. If a team lets us know we’re in their head, we’ll give it to them a bit (regardless of the score). More pointedly we usually give it to specific people rather than celebrating or anything like that.So you guys were celebrating the touchdown goal?
I was just going to post about them closing up. There are a lot of leagues like MA Hockey League that play in a ton of rinks and don’t tolerate the bullshit that a lot of guys in the NESHL pulled.The NESHL is done. Curious to see if someone takes it place as there is a huge void now. I can’t imagine anyone doing worse than them but never say never. Would be amazing to see things like a schedule, not playing the same team 8 times in 10 weeks, and doing something about the dickheads throughout the league.
The letter is a good read though. Namely paragraph 3.
I didn’t know that. It wouldn’t surprise me though if they were having the same problem that NESHL and a lot of other leagues are having, guys are just being dead beats and not paying. Leagues are floating guys letting them play on credit to keep divisions going and they’re getting fucked over.MAHL needed a loan to keep going so not sure how solid their footing is. I’ve also found other leagues being quite variable in skill level, which I probably care about most. NESHL was the best of a bunch of bad options.
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I've maintained a pretty steady daily routine of sneaking off to my local abandoned tennis courts for a little solo skate (good exercise, gets me out of the lock down with my family).
Stick on the right is normal. Stick on the left is what I 've used out on the courts. That is the wear in just over a month.
Yes, they're being purists, but no, you shouldn't be taping them.Hear me out...
I just found a hockey shop in Sydney. I dropped in and the guy was excited as I'm his first walk-in in almost a month.
I went in because I wanted to buy a bunch of sticks to get the local kids and my son into the sport. Just street hockey, no skates, but I want them to have fun like I did as a kid back on the mean streets of Framingham.
So the guy only had wooden sticks in the kids' size that were right-handed. I got 4, and maybe a bigger one for myself.
Here's the question - I was going to tape them, like in your photo up top. They're playing on asphalt and we know from experience that the wood disappears quickly - these kids play cricket out the back there and go through a bat each every summer. Ideally I want these sticks to last a little longer. Should I tape them up? The guy at the shop - a Canadian - seemed horrified at the idea, but I don't care if the kids lose a little finesse... so I hit up another Canadian hockey buddy and he was also against taping. I worry they're coming from a purist standpoint. Any reason I shouldn't be taping them up?
Awesome, this is good stuff.The tape will fail almost immediately out on asphalt.
I tried taping what became that thinned out stick in the photo for the first few skates but the tape just shreds on the bottom and then you have a flap of tape on your blade, just flapping away. Tar is rougher than ice!
When I posted that photo it was near the end. A few days ago I just cut off the blade and attached a 'mylec' plastic blade to the shaft (had to sand the "plug" a bit to get it to fit, but it seems fine, poured glue in from the top). It is good for what I am doing, but playing in 100F weather it might be a little soft.
As for the wraparounds? IDK, they are probably as expensive as the sticks themselves. Those seem like a bit of a niche item -- for that rare person who really needs to use the $300 stick while out on asphalt.
For a bunch of kids playing with wooden sticks, I see a six pack of plastic blades that screw onto the shaft in your future. Use wood glue before you screw them in. I might even pick up a couple soon so that you can quickly get the first trashed stick back out there.
wiffleball hero pretty much nailed it. Within 10-20 minutes of use (especially with younger kids who will tend to lean on their sticks a bit more) that tape is completely worn off.Ok, let's pretend I'm not going to spend any more money on these sticks... can you tell me why not taping? My Canadian friend could not beyond spluttering about outrage and not the right thing to do. I'm interested.
edit - this was to TSC
Yeah we’re hearing similar here too. Week of 7/7 start. I really miss the exercise and very much miss the camaraderie. But it feels early somehow.We're being told that our men's league is going to resume the season in 2 weeks. A lot of the players are already doing pickup. There are some restrictions. In 15 min before and out 15 after, no showers and I assume a few other rules to come.
Not sure how I feel about it. I'd like to get on the ice, but it seems like an unnecessary risk.
I think it’s going to to take a lot of teammates policing each other. No spitting. Make sure you’re drinking out of the correct water bottle. Don’t blow snot everywhere etc.Hockey does have a couple advantages over other sports in that players are nearly in PPE on the ice. I saw one rink advising that people should move to wearing a bubble for covid hockey. Fine by me. I still feel like the benches are going to be a real weak spot for covid preparation and hockey.