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 Post subject: Re: Equipment thread
PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2019 8:30 am 
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Got a custom Bauer stick off their site, because a friend works there and gave me the opportunity of a good discount. For a good 10 years, I've been only using the cheapest sticks, as other guys in beer league tend to break them on me (one slashed in half, another had a guy fatter than me just fell onto and break it, one stepped on, etc). I thought I had hands of stone. This custom Nexus is amazing. I can actually feel the puck on the stick! Subtle puck movements translate into my hands. So it wasn't my hands, but the cheap sticks! Great to know. You can customize the flex, blade pattern (a few that aren't regularly available), color, name, etc. It's basically the high end model, with some nice perks and for only a few bucks more.
Now my problem is- if anyone breaks this one on me I'm going to get into a fight! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Equipment thread
PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2019 7:29 pm 
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Chris18 wrote:
Got a custom Bauer stick off their site, because a friend works there and gave me the opportunity of a good discount. For a good 10 years, I've been only using the cheapest sticks, as other guys in beer league tend to break them on me (one slashed in half, another had a guy fatter than me just fell onto and break it, one stepped on, etc). I thought I had hands of stone. This custom Nexus is amazing. I can actually feel the puck on the stick! Subtle puck movements translate into my hands. So it wasn't my hands, but the cheap sticks! Great to know. You can customize the flex, blade pattern (a few that aren't regularly available), color, name, etc. It's basically the high end model, with some nice perks and for only a few bucks more.
Now my problem is- if anyone breaks this one on me I'm going to get into a fight! :lol:
Yeah those sticks are insane. Also the golden rule for people over 40 in any sports league -- always blame the equipment for any subpar play and it is never ever the player. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Equipment thread
PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 5:36 am 
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Logical Progression wrote:
Chris18 wrote:
Got a custom Bauer stick off their site, because a friend works there and gave me the opportunity of a good discount. For a good 10 years, I've been only using the cheapest sticks, as other guys in beer league tend to break them on me (one slashed in half, another had a guy fatter than me just fell onto and break it, one stepped on, etc). I thought I had hands of stone. This custom Nexus is amazing. I can actually feel the puck on the stick! Subtle puck movements translate into my hands. So it wasn't my hands, but the cheap sticks! Great to know. You can customize the flex, blade pattern (a few that aren't regularly available), color, name, etc. It's basically the high end model, with some nice perks and for only a few bucks more.
Now my problem is- if anyone breaks this one on me I'm going to get into a fight! :lol:
Yeah those sticks are insane. Also the golden rule for people over 40 in any sports league -- always blame the equipment for any subpar play and it is never ever the player. :lol:


1. After every shanked shot, look incredulously at the stick blade for cracks.
2. If you fall, look incredulously at the skate blade for damaged edges.
3. When you miss a pass, look incredulously at the ice for that bump that caused the puck to change direction. Or point to the lights that blinded you (don't look at the lights).
4. When you give the puck away, act really confused for a second, and then remind everyone that you played for years on a team that wore rainbow narwhal jerseys, just like this opposing team, so you thought you were passing to your old bud, Johnny 1-timer.
5. After any play that you don't score on, blame the refs.

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 Post subject: Re: Equipment thread
PostPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:08 pm 
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Do all pro players just use those stupid disposable blades now? I'm seeing a serious uptick in players trapped on the ice because they literally lose a skate blade blocking a shot. It just seems like a dumb idea to me, not to mention insanely wasteful.


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 Post subject: Re: Equipment thread
PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:32 am 
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Do all pro players just use those stupid disposable blades now? I'm seeing a serious uptick in players trapped on the ice because they literally lose a skate blade blocking a shot. It just seems like a dumb idea to me, not to mention insanely wasteful.


Replaceable, yes. I'm not sure about disposable. I'm 99% sure they sharpen the blades and continue to use them for a while.
I've read that Crosby replaces them literally every single shift. He wants freshly sharpened blades every time on the ice. 15 second shift? Replace them.
But I agree, it's annoying. But it's part of the game that I think is here to stay. The ability to switch blades in 5 seconds and keep a top player in the game, vs having him walk back to the room mid-game, take his skate off to be sharpened, put it back on and be back on the bench... What are you talking there- 5 minutes minimum?
I'm sure every time a pro's blade falls out mid-game, there's some guy at the skate company freaking out that he's going to hear it from the boss... They'll have better systems soon.
I've changed a few. They are a real pain in the ass the first time, and then are pretty easy. So if they're changed 15 times/game, they're going to start falling out. I guess they replace the whole blade assembly now and then. I read somewhere recently that most NHL players go through like 6 pairs of skates/season now.

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