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  1. stackem30

    Fighting Dehydration

    I have felt like this a bit during the winter, but it's definitely more pronounced during the summer. I'm sure humidity isn't helping.
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    Fighting Dehydration

    I think you (and bunnyman666) may have put your finger on the issue, and what I can do about it. Any recommendations as to how much Pedialyte I would want to add to my water bottle (I have the standard tall green Gatorade bottle)? It's just struck me as odd that I can be so dialed into staying hydrated, yet I continue to feel so awful and dehydrated the next morning. I'm not surprised that me eschewing electrolytes and basic sports science has bitten me in the ass. Thanks all.
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    Fighting Dehydration

    Wanted to poll the collective minds of this board on something: I've been getting super dehydrated after games lately, and I'm unsure of what to do about it. Here's the synopsis of my general hydration: I'm 6'2", 185 lbs. Decent athletic build. I play hockey once a week (55 minute game) and run/exercise at least two other days. I am good about staying hydrated day to day, and after normal (non-hockey) exercise. On game days, I am drinking 3+ Nalgenes (68oz total) of water throughout the day. It feels like a LOT. Let's just say the people in my office with desks close to the men's room see a lot of me. During the game, I drink less than a single water bottle. I really hate feeling full on water when I play, and I'm so hydrated before the game that I'm rarely thirsty. The rink I play in (Warrior Arena, where the Bruins practice) is crazy warm, so after the game I'm still sweating as we get undressed. I usually have a (super light) beer with my teammates after the game. I'll drink as many glasses of water (probably another 32oz) as I can when I get home. We play late (tonight's game is 11pm), so there's only so much time to sit drinking water at home after a game. The next day, I often wake up with a headache, and my urine is darker than usual. So what gives? Granted, I'm 'getting older' (30), but dehydration has never been an issue for me in my hockey career. Am I (somehow) not drinking enough water? Is it possible that I'm over-hydrating? Do I need to start paying attention to replacing electrolytes after a game (admittedly, I've always ignored much of that stuff, and assumed it was mostly a tool to help sell Gatorade...)? Any advice would be appreciated, thanks everyone!
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    R.I.P. Ray Emery

    I don't know. I think anyone should wait to know the facts before they besmirch the dead. Regardless of what the story turns out to be, the man has been dead for less than two days, and blaming him for his own death by citing stupidity or intoxication isn't appropriate right now.
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    R.I.P. Ray Emery

    Your comments sound foolish, and should be kept to yourself at this early juncture. Regardless of what pictures you've seen or the rumors you've read about, there's no value to bringing them up right when someone dies at the young age of 35. And when you're writing "Cocaine baby" and "skiing", you're definitely trying to be a funny guy (again, miss).
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    R.I.P. Ray Emery

    Coop, you need to learn to pass on a joke here and there. The guy just died. Show some self control. Lame joke, too.
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    R.I.P. Ray Emery

    Edit: My mistake, I thought I'd read that he'd been diving -- I didn't know it was a 'regular' swimming drowning incident. That's what happens when I read the news in bed before I rub the sleep out of my eyes... Could be a bunch of things. He could have struck his head on something and knocked himself unconscious. He may have suffered a heart attack or a stroke underwater. He may have become entangled in something. I believe there is actually 'undertow' in the Great Lakes (or some strong current that goes by a different name) as well, so that may have been a factor. And yes, it may have been a late night, rather than an early morning. But that doesn't really matter right now, and it's really distasteful to speculate about drinking or drug use in a mocking tone right now.
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    R.I.P. Ray Emery

    That was really sad to read this morning. RIP Razor.
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    Favorite Set Up of All Time

    Ah I gotcha, I definitely didn't see that the first time around. I didn't love Brodeur's autobiography either, in truth. I'm obviously a big fan of his, and there was no way I wasn't going to read it... but his personal insights and opinions didn't do much for me, and I didn't learn as many cool insider stories as I'd hoped. Plus, it's clearly a "I sat down for a bunch of interviews and then this writer wrote the book for me" autobiography. Not uncommon for athletes, but still not super fun to read. I'm a huge fan of his work on the ice: loved his style, his gear, and his demeanor, etc. He's my all-time favorite athlete. But I've never really cared about him as a person, or given much weight to what he thinks about xyz.
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    Inspirations on gear

    You're righttt, it was 'Be a warrior!' I'm not thankful for death and taxes, but they'll be there anyway
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    Inspirations on gear

    Thanks man, I really appreciate that. I'm sure many of us have equally cool stories about our parents supporting our love of the position. Hockey really does tend to require a bit more sacrifice from parents (financial and time-wise) compared to other sports, arguably moreso when you're a goalie. Between the cost of gear, the early morning car rides to the rink, having your parents tie your skates, and all the car rides home after a tough game, I think a lot of kids start to appreciate what their family does to make it all happen.
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    Inspirations on gear

    I write "Thanks, D&T" under the top part of blockers. I've been doing it since I started playing in net. D&T are my parents' initials, and they were so wonderfully supportive of my random whim to play goalie when I was a kid. I'll indulge in a sentimental (but cool) story: My father took me to a Devils-Sabres game in December of 1996, and we had some amazing seats he'd purchased from a business client, a few rows behind the visitor's net for two periods. It was Brodeur vs. Hasek, and it was the only 0-0 tie in Devils history... both guys played out of their minds, each making 37 saves, each more spectacular than the last. I later learned that they cut the puck in half and each took a half home. Anyway, after a whole game of those two diving and flailing and flopping right in front of me, I was thoroughly convinced that playing goalie must be the funnest, coolest thing on the planet. I began some "learn to play hockey" clinic ~1997. I wanted to jump in the nets right away so badly, but my folks (rightfully so) wanted to see if my interest in learning to skate and play hockey was a fleeting whim before they were ready to talk about me playing goalie. Plus, I was kinda shy about asking them. But I did have street hockey goalie pads, and they saw how obsessed I was, running home after school every day to put on my pads and force my friends to shoot on me in our driveway. For my 10th birthday, my folks gave me a Heaton Helite IV stick, and told me that they'd talked to my clinic coaches, and that they'd given me the thumbs up to play in goal. I just wore my street hockey gear over my player stuff (I think I added a street hockey belly pad...), but you couldn't have told me that I didn't look like a cool, real goalie. I was so excited. One week later, my dad's car was stolen out of our driveway, with my hockey bag inside (funny, auto-theft wasn't exactly a concern in my hometown). The car was recovered, but all the gear was gone. I was heartbroken, but my dad sat me down and told me that insurance would take care of everything. He said, "Okay, this was unexpected, but now you have a choice to make... do you want to be a shooter, or are you serious about being a goalie?" I probably said "GOALIE" before the word 'or' was out of his mouth. He said okay, and he talked to me a bit about how it would mean more pressure, getting blamed for goals, how it was more of a solitary position, etc. I told him I was not only okay with that, but that I thought that was the fun part (I had a good 'attitude model' in Brodeur, after all). He took me to our local hockey shop (it later became Sports Section, run by the Devils ex-equipment manager Dave Nichols, for any Jersey folk reading this), and I got suited up in my first set of gear: black Bauer skates, some used blue-and-white Cooper pads, black Bauer Reactor gloves, and a "real" goalie helmet from Itech. And of course, another Heaton stick. I'm really not trying to sound like Tiny Tim here or anything, but I've always had some weird guilt about receiving gifts (it's not admirable, really, it's truly weird...). Anyway, I remember crying the whole way home, I was just so touched and overwhelmed that my parents were making my dream come true. I'd seen that shot of Roy's blocker in that great VHS, "NHL Masked Men", where he had "Be a winner!" written on the underside of his blocker, so when we got home I grabbed a silver paint-pen, and wrote "Thanks D&T" on the underside of my blocker (writing Thanks Mom and Dad must have been too embarrassing). Anyway, it's something I kept doing in middle school and high school. At that point, it was just a reminder to work hard... if I was tired, or playing lazy at the end of a practice, I'd try to look at the little message, and remind myself how privileged I was to be out there, and to not take it for granted. It's been many years since my parents paid for my gear or for me to play hockey, but I still write a "Thanks D&T" on each blocker, just to remind myself how fortunate I am to be healthy and playing the position I love... all thanks to my parents.
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    Protechsport Mask Thread

    You started it ;-] I do not have experience with both -- my new Protechsport is my first 'upscale' mask, before that I had a Hackva, and before that an Olie, and before that a Van Velden 'Simmons' mask. Pro's Choice do look great, though.
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    Favorite Set Up of All Time

    Wanted to bump this excellent thread to see if some newer members wanted to add their all-time favorite setup... I was also curious about the 'little bar on the landing side of the knee'. Are you referring to that split Y strap that's woven into his landing gear (not correcting your phrasing)? That seems so innocuous to me, and I generally dislike all the little clever, cheaty things on goalie gear that makes it bigger. Especially since it's woven into his landing gear, it almost seems like it might keep it more flush to the leg... I'm just curious to hear the advantage it gave, and why it was banned. It's funny to see the things that got banned, especially in the very late 90's/early 00's, right when the size of some gear was beginning to balloon. I remember going to a Devils practice at South Mountain Arena in the summer of 1999, and Brodeur had some fresh-out-of-the-box Heaton Helite 6's, with not a puck mark on them. He was even still wearing his mask from the 1999 season with a lot of chips in the paint (he had a freshly painted mask at some point later on in the 2000 season) and using his black Helite IV stick. Anyway, the thing that fascinated me was the little hologram oval with the 6 at the top of his pads were a real hologram (reflected all the colors of the prism, green/blue/yellow etc). Years later, I would read Brodeur's autobiography and learn that someone on the Islanders (I want to say Mariusz Czerkawski) complained about the holograms reflecting light in the pre-season, and Brodeur was asked to cover the hologram with tape. The pro/senior Helite 6 pads that Brodeur wore that year, and the ones that were on the market, had a hologram-ish red/black/white oval that was different from what I first saw him wear. They didn't really reflect color the same way, and were definitely more muted. The oval was done away with entirely when CCM acquired Heaton and gave the Helite 6 a small makeover. Anyway, always interesting what's allowed, and what isn't. And I always wondered if changing the holograms was something that Heaton rushed to fix before they released that line to the public for order or something. Anyone know more about this?
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    Protechsport Mask Thread

    Haha I swearrr I remember you asking about this / taking issue with it back on the GSBB
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