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In Topic: 2014 Prospects Tournament and Training Camp (Sept. 12-23)

12 September 2014 - 09:27 PM

I didn't get to watch the game, but I see that Mantha scored a couple. How did he look outside of the goals he put in?

In Topic: How Do You Like Your Equipment?

12 September 2014 - 06:34 PM

Are you talking about Metro Sports on 14 Mile?

I bought my skates there, yes, but I bought the hockey stick from some other hockey shop.

In Topic: How Do You Like Your Equipment?

12 September 2014 - 04:42 PM

Great experience and story I'm in the same boat I prefer smaller but a bit more expensive shops because they offer something all those company-chains will never have - service !
Also you get the satisfication of supporting small privately owned family-shops instead of big corporate trash (such as Wall Mart doubt they even have hockey gear). If I were you, I'd be asking other people maybe they can recommend a better shop somewhere else, drive there if you have time and buy as much as your pocket allows. May not be perfect but still beats buying from incompetent megastores.

Well I'm in the metro Detroit area so I'm all ears to any recommendations that anyone can provide. I was going to a shop in Royal Oak before it closed. Now I know of Perani's on Van Dyke in Sterling Heights, and Total Hockey on Big Beaver and Rochester rd. in Troy.

(Another story: I was in a small shop just looking around killing time while they sharpened my skates, and just on a whim I told the shop owner I'd buy a new hockey stick if he gave me a discount. Ten minutes later I was walking out with a new composite and $40 bucks still in my pocket. About a year later my friend and I were down river and he was buying a ton of equipment from one of the aforementioned big chain stores (first time playing hockey so he needed everything), bill comes up to like $800. I asked if we could get a discount on a stick because he's spending so much money there and they didn't even entertain the idea. I wasn't necessarily pissed off or anything because it's not like we were entitled to any discounts, but I think that's another perk of the smaller locally owned shops is people are willing to work with you if it means getting the sale done, and you see more local shops rewarding loyalty.)

In Topic: How Do You Like Your Equipment?

12 September 2014 - 02:51 PM

You guys mentioned skates a few times and it reminded me of an experience-

I had the same pair of skates for like 13 years.  My parents bought them for me when I started high school, and a few years ago was the year that they absolutely needed to be retired.  I went into Perani's looking for the closest thing to my skate as possible, but to my horror every boot made these days is all plastic, instead of the fabric that they used to use, and what I had grown so comfortable with.  So I'm trying some skates on and don't like how any of them feel, and the sales rep was of no help either, just offering different skates to try on seemingly at random.  Finally I leave and decide to go to the shop that my parents bought my original pair of skates at: some mom-and-pop hockey store a few blocks from where I grew up playing.  Immediately someone comes up to me and asks if I'm looking for new skates, seeing as how I had my old ones in my hands.  I ask him if he has anything like what I already have, and he tells me that they stopped making skates like this for a while, but the closest design to what I'm looking for is a Bauer Vapor (I don't remember the specific skate).  He just looks at me and says "you look like you're a size nine, but I'll bring a nine and a size down too, just to make sure.  He puts on the football game and goes in back, comes back out with two boxes and sure enough the boot fits wonderfully, and he was right with my size as well (and he had me try the size lower just to be sure).  We baked the skates up right there and he chatted with me while we watched the Lions lose, waiting for the boot to cool down and mold to my foot.  He tossed in a pair of free skate guards, too.  The service was amazing, and ever since that day I went there exclusively for my hockey gear.  Unfortunately they closed down recently, so now I'm stuck with Perani's or the Total Hockey that opened up (which doesn't seem much better).

In Topic: How Do You Like Your Equipment?

12 September 2014 - 12:46 PM

I've played around with different length sticks and different curves but have come to the conclusion I'm just not good enough for it to make a difference.

I went from playing 3-4 nights a week (2 ice, 2 roller) in the adult leagues in Columbus, OH to playing never (had a baby in January.) Im worried I'm going to be even worse when I resume. I'm 33 and past my prime! Though my knees are better than Cleary's it's all in my hands.

Sounds like you should play goalie!