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Dummy Hoy

Angry Pissbum
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Jul 22, 2006
6,176
Falmouth
I used intermediates for a while because I’m 5’7” 160 and cutting down a senior 85 was giving me too stiff of a stick. The shot was nice, but they break too easily and the Verberos have a 70 (or maybe it’s 75, I forget) flex option that is good enough.
 

Dummy Hoy

Angry Pissbum
SoSH Member
Jul 22, 2006
6,176
Falmouth
I just bought a pair of Nikita Zaitzev's slightly used skates off Sideline Swap for $350. I found them because I wanted a weird size (6.5 E), and they popped up on my feed. Boot is Tacks AS1- best fit I've ever had, and the strange thing is he has over sized holders (size 8) on the boot. It was strange getting used to it at first, felt like I was wearing speed skates...been pretty positive for my C cuts though, but I'm still getting used to it.
 

LogansDad

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Nov 15, 2006
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Alamogordo
Scored my first goal last night in a 5-4 back and forth win. My line scored with 8 seconds left in the game to win it, too. So that was pretty awesome. Unfortunately, I only have 4 games and playoffs left with this team, as we are moving out of state in October, but we are moving somewhere else with a men's league, though I doubt it will be a rink quite as nice as the one I play at now.
 

Salem's Lot

Andy Moog! Andy God Damn Moog!
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Jul 15, 2005
6,217
Gallows Hill
Do any of you guys use Bauer Supreme or Nexus skates? I’ve got Vapors now and they kill my feet, especially the arches. I was told that Supreme is a better skate for flat foots like me. Anyone else have horribly flat feet, what skate works for you? I have Mission roller hockey skates that are very comfortable.
 

TheShynessClinic

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Oct 25, 2007
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Between here and everywhere.
Do any of you guys use Bauer Supreme or Nexus skates? I’ve got Vapors now and they kill my feet, especially the arches. I was told that Supreme is a better skate for flat foots like me. Anyone else have horribly flat feet, what skate works for you? I have Mission roller hockey skates that are very comfortable.
I have a pair of the 1S’s and MX3’s from Bauer and they fit my flat feet way better than the CCM Jetspeeds I was using, for what it’s worth.
 

RIFan

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Jul 19, 2005
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Blackstone MA
Vapors are a narrow fit compared to Supremes and Nexus. If your flat footed you probably have wider than average feet and either of those might help. I have the opposite problem of high arches that don't collapse well. I went from a standard Easton width to CCM Supertack and even though I dropped down 1/2 a size the CCM's were wider and made a huge difference in comfort. I didn't know what it was like to skate without my feet killing me. You might also want to look at changing out your footbeds.
 

LogansDad

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Nov 15, 2006
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Alamogordo
I'm annoyed. We had our first playoff game Thursday night, went in as the 5 seed. I'm moving next month so it's the last chance I will get to play with this team. The team we were playing against was the 4 seed, but spent the first half of the season getting destroyed, before they got to add this one dude who was clearly above our league level.... to the tune of leading the league in points by 10 after not playing the first 11 games of the season.

So, he dropped a hat trick and an assist on us, while basically controlling play the entire game en route to beating us 6-3. On top of that, he spent the entire game whining about penalties and getting in the ref's faces (he's the first dude in the league I have shouted at after he scored, fell on his face and slid into me, knocking me over on top of him, then getting up and trying to get me called for a penalty), and, after his first goal, when we were up 1-0, skated past me slapping his stick on the ground like a giant douche, and I think my biggest regret of the season is not dropping a shoulder into him then and there.

To top it off, the 2 and 3 seeds both lost, and we beat the 1 seed all 3 times we played them this year, so the league was basically wide open for us.

Sorry for the rant, but I'm still pretty steamed about it.
 

TFP

Dope
Dope
Dec 10, 2007
17,490
Won our summer league semifinal game in OT last night. Playing in the championship for our 3rd straight Westborough A League title on Thursday. Playing the team we despise who also despises us. It’s going to be an absolute battle.

3 straight would officially make us a dynasty.
 

TFP

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Dec 10, 2007
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If anyone has a LiveBarn account the rink streams it on there - it's been quite humbling to watch myself on video, but it makes for good highlight video content.

And if anyone watches - I won't tell you what number I am until after the game.
 

Dummy Hoy

Angry Pissbum
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Jul 22, 2006
6,176
Falmouth
If anyone has a LiveBarn account the rink streams it on there - it's been quite humbling to watch myself on video, but it makes for good highlight video content.

And if anyone watches - I won't tell you what number I am until after the game.
He’s the short fat kid on D.

I do have live barn...not the same though. I want to feel the animosity in person.

Edit: for the record I’m also a short, fat kid on D, but I’m only about 70% of the player TFP is, so joke’s on me.
 
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TFP

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Dec 10, 2007
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There are 5 people on my team shorter than me. And my jersey is pretty slimming.
 

TFP

Dope
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Dec 10, 2007
17,490
Dominant 5-1 win tonight and their goal didn’t even go in. A dynasty is born.
 

wiffleballhero

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Mar 28, 2009
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In the simulacrum
I am considering picking up a stick with a 65 flex rating. For a really long time I've played with 75, and for years before that I played with 85, but those, in retrospect, felt way, way too stiff.

75 seems about right, but I wonder: I'm 5'9" and play with a stick -- now -- a bit shorter than would most people my height, cutting it so it lands at my shoulders when on skates. I think I want something more whippy? Is this worth taking a flier on or is 65 too flexy? FWIW, I play in a no slap shot league. How is this likely to go for me?
 

Salem's Lot

Andy Moog! Andy God Damn Moog!
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Jul 15, 2005
6,217
Gallows Hill
I am considering picking up a stick with a 65 flex rating. For a really long time I've played with 75, and for years before that I played with 85, but those, in retrospect, felt way, way too stiff.

75 seems about right, but I wonder: I'm 5'9" and play with a stick -- now -- a bit shorter than would most people my height, cutting it so it lands at my shoulders when on skates. I think I want something more whippy? Is this worth taking a flier on or is 65 too flexy? FWIW, I play in a no slap shot league. How is this likely to go for me?
I’m 5’ 10” and play with a 75 and I don’t cut it. If you’re cutting a 65 flex so it lands on your shoulder that should be fine.
 

Salem's Lot

Andy Moog! Andy God Damn Moog!
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Jul 15, 2005
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Gallows Hill
Fine as in more whippy snap and wrist shots, or fine as in I'll not notice the difference except that it breaks faster?
There is always a higher risk of breaking sticks with a lower flex but you’re already using a 75, so 65 won’t make much of a difference there. It will feel slightly whippier. Keep in mind you gain 2-3 flex points for every inch you cut off, so if you’re cutting 6 inches off a 75 flex, it’s really a 90 when you’re using it. A 65 flex is an 80 with the same cut. Unless you’re hammering a lot of slap shots now, an 80 flex isn’t really a risk to break more than what you’re using now, and will feel looser. Now if you buy an intermediate stick that’s manufactured at a 65 flex at a shorter length, those you may have to worry about breaking a lot of those, since they’re literally designed for high school aged hockey players.
 

wiffleballhero

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Mar 28, 2009
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In the simulacrum
I'm switching to an 8' front and 10' back radius with forward pitch. We'll see how it goes. The rink I am skating at has ice like lumpy concrete right now because (I think) they are keeping it super cold to stay ahead of the humidity. Last time out I could barely get an edge to push off, and I have been thinking about giving it a go with a more severe forward pitch anyway. It is also a small rink so I have high hopes for how this is going to work out in the corners.
 

wiffleballhero

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Mar 28, 2009
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Way better. I liked it a ton, I might even go 7/10. But it is probably just about the change into a pronounced forward pitch. Way more acceleration. Worth it all the way.
 

PedroSpecialK

Comes at you like a tornado of hair and the NHL sa
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Dec 12, 2004
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Out of all of FMC, DCR, the new Wellesley rinks, Warrior Ice Arena, Bridgewater Ice Arena, and Canton Ice House, the only public stick time I'm finding on weekends is 6:30-8 AM in Bridgewater... everything else is weekdays, generally mid-day.

I get that the season's picking up again, but that seems kind of nuts

About 200 hours of public skate on weekends though :fonz:
 
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PedroSpecialK

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Dec 12, 2004
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Cambridge, MA
Wish I had the time / schedule consistency to commit to a league, or the ability to split from work mid-day to get ice but it ain't in the cards
 

kenneycb

Hates Goose Island Beer; Loves Backdoor Play
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Dec 2, 2006
12,782
Tuukka's refugee camp
Had one of those classic NESHL games last night.
  • The team only had 7 guys and started chirping us from the faceoff for doing things like "take slap shots", "try", and "have more than 7 guys"
  • I got a matching with one of their guys (the captain - they also had 3 alternate captains, which seemed excessive) and once we got over the basic jawing of "F you" I was called in no particular order: a homo, like to suck cock, f****t, not from MA, pussy, Harvard boy, ACHA "All Star" (false) that never won anything at Harvard (true) and wasn't shit compared to his run at SNHU, and probably a few others
  • Said player then proceeded to get in a fight with our player five minutes later. This consisted of our player lifting his stick in front of the net and him dropping his gloves and throwing haymakers at our player's helmet/cage
  • Things calmed down a bit (still some jawing and them calling us "pussies for wearing cages" which is the ultimate "I'm not creative and want to feel good about myself" cop out...but whatever, I don't mind jawing) until at the end of the game when we scored with a second left when everyone was just ambling around the zone (douchily...but fuck this team) leading to a player on our team getting baseball-swing chopped in the ribs
I eagerly anticipate none of this being addressed by Paul.

Also we're in North of Boston for Thursday games and have a 10 PM game in Canton next Tuesday. Garage league.
 

Salem's Lot

Andy Moog! Andy God Damn Moog!
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Jul 15, 2005
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Gallows Hill
Had one of those classic NESHL games last night.
  • The team only had 7 guys and started chirping us from the faceoff for doing things like "take slap shots", "try", and "have more than 7 guys"
  • I got a matching with one of their guys (the captain - they also had 3 alternate captains, which seemed excessive) and once we got over the basic jawing of "F you" I was called in no particular order: a homo, like to suck cock, f****t, not from MA, pussy, Harvard boy, ACHA "All Star" (false) that never won anything at Harvard (true) and wasn't shit compared to his run at SNHU, and probably a few others
  • Said player then proceeded to get in a fight with our player five minutes later. This consisted of our player lifting his stick in front of the net and him dropping his gloves and throwing haymakers at our player's helmet/cage
  • Things calmed down a bit (still some jawing and them calling us "pussies for wearing cages" which is the ultimate "I'm not creative and want to feel good about myself" cop out...but whatever, I don't mind jawing) until at the end of the game when we scored with a second left when everyone was just ambling around the zone (douchily...but fuck this team) leading to a player on our team getting baseball-swing chopped in the ribs
I eagerly anticipate none of this being addressed by Paul.

Also we're in North of Boston for Thursday games and have a 10 PM game in Canton next Tuesday. Garage league.
Was that the B/C league at the Everett rink? Tends to be a gong show over there most weeks from what I hear. I might know the guys you’re talking about. Never played in it because B/ High C is over my head but I’ve heard there’s a lot of shit heads in that league.
 

kenneycb

Hates Goose Island Beer; Loves Backdoor Play
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Dec 2, 2006
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Tuukka's refugee camp
We do play at Everett occasionally but this was at Malden in the B League. Seemed to be a bunch of people in their mid to late 20s. Solid players but, holy hell, shut the fuck up and play. Don't think I've had a game this bad in my 10+ years there. Boy do I do hate this league.

And yeah, I probably chat a little too much out there myself because I find it fun but, shit, I'm not trying to actually fight or baseball swing people out there. Just want a workout, get out my competitive bug, and get to work the next day without any visible injuries or scars.
 

kenneycb

Hates Goose Island Beer; Loves Backdoor Play
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Dec 2, 2006
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Tuukka's refugee camp
You've got to give it up for this line. That is hilarious. Until now I did not think SNHU even bothered with a campus anymore, let alone a hockey team. Maybe he played on their EA SPORTS! NCAA Hockey team.
That may have been my favorite part too, though my ego was certainly stroked with the Harvard comment. I don't care where you went to school or what you do because if you make fun of someone for that you're usually a shitty person. But he was bragging about winning regionals at SNHU and stuff from years ago. So good on him. It's led you to 10 PM at a shitty rink in Malden. Like pretty much all hockey does, regardless of the highest level you played.