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  1. Welcome to adulthood my friend. Learning to balance work, health, and lifestyle is not an easy thing to do and there will always be sacrifices you'll have to make and sometimes life gets messy. Years ago, I was about 5 months into a brand new mortgage when my company went through some downsizing and I was let go. This left me scrambling to work two jobs, both 30-40 hours a week. I was working from 6;00-2:30, driving for 40 minutes to my next job to work from 3:30 to 11:00pm. This went on for a few months before I was able to land a position that allowed me to drop the second job. The burnout was real. My fiancee was having to balance a masters program in geochemistry while simultaneously having to work 20 hours a week just to make ends meet in one of the more expensive areas in Vancouver. She did this for two years. She was on such a tight budget that me bringing her a subway sandwich was seen as a massive treat. Both of our experiences were tough and we had to make sacrifices while doing so. Saying that, we've both ended up in better situations than if we had never gone through those troubles and we can look back on those days and just laugh about it now. Don't get what I'm saying twisted, I'm not trying to demean how you're feeling and the troubles you're experiencing, I'm just wanting to share similar stories of being overburdened with life in general and the sacrifices that come with it can be beneficial to you long term. Ultimately I think you'll need to schedule your time more efficiently and re-prioritize certain aspects. It looks like you've put school at the bottom which is the last place it needs to be. I think you need to go in this order: - School - Health - Hockey/Tryouts - Working for league fees - Working for new gear Prioritize your schooling above all else. If your hockey career doesn't pan out, you'll be happy you at least kept that up. Good Luck Edit: I should also say that this is an opportunity to learn from for dealing with the balances of every day life. Without any major bills like rent/mortgage/dependents, you're in an advantageous position where all of your effort can be directed towards things that immediately benefit you. What you end up learning out of this will help guide you when you're older and things become less singular focused.
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  2. He's around. Still lives in Haddonfield. His son Vladislav Bryzgalov, is a 2006 and is a really really good goalie. I'm sure he'll be in the national spotlight soon enough. Named after some pretty good goalies, no?
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  3. Man I can't wait to try out the US glove. Another week or two...
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  4. Very small sample size, but my custom EF5 600-break was easier and more pleasant to close than the ones on the rack at my shop. No idea why. But it does feel different from my EF4. I preferred the EF4 feel to the EF5 feel. And my Ultrasonic above them all 🤣 EDIT: Plus the EF5 had a Pro palm versus the game-ready of the retail versions.
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  5. My 3 week old EF5 600 already closes better than my nearly year old Axis. I haven't tried at 580 in years so I can't really compare puckhandling directly between the two breaks. What I can say is that shooting the puck is a strong part of my game and I don't have any issues with the 600 break.
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  6. If I had a regular team for the remainder of my playing days, I would go team colours. Then again, I can`t help but want to show my pledge to my Habs. In saying so, if I was buying full custom, I definitely would go Habs colours. If buying off the shelf, I would go red and white, that way I can represent my Habs when playing shinny and then match with most other teams when subbing or in a league. Now should I become rich soon, I might go 2-3 same sets but different team according colours. If anything the safest colours for any team would be all white or all black or all tan.
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  7. My first set I bought this year I just got white. We usually play pickup with my companies and one is the Tampa replica and one is the Bruins. So it matches both. I'm getting Seattle colors next possibly though.
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  8. Don't you worry, a guy I play adult league still uses an untaped wooden stick. I think it's mostly out of laziness though, because he also only switched out of his NXI after it broke from a shot.
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  9. I think we have to ban you from saying that.
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  10. Ha, nice. The real fun is when you normally look like this And then you show up like this Then you know you're a real gangster and have zero f's to give while dripping with swagger.
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  11. You get chirped? I probably don't because I can back up my custom gear.
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  12. Coop probably has the best advice. Your top priority needs to be your health, and school. If you neglect your health then it doesn't matter what else you're doing, you won't be at your peak; and most guys, even if they end up playing hockey professionally, will end up doing other things after their career is over. Your education will be vitally important later in life, and shouldn't be overlooked. Health and school are the foundation for the rest of your life, and sacrificing either for a low-level retail job or hockey (much as we all might love it) is a bad idea. Since you really want to pursue hockey as much as you can, it seem like you've already decided it's more important than your retail job, the catch being that it's also necessary to fund your hockey. Ideally, there should be people and support systems in your life that allow you to pursue your passions without worrying about money constantly. Obviously, that isn't a reality for lots of people, and there's no easy answers here. We don't know the specifics of your financial situation, so any advice we can offer on that front would be limited at best. (speaking very generally, I'd recommend seeing if there are any areas in your monthly budgeting that you can cut back in to save money, and also talking to your boss at work about changing your hours to better accommodate your school and hockey)
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  13. Our summer season starts June 13th and we just got confirmation that we no longer need to wear covid masks and some of our rinks will allow locker rooms with normal usage. Huge relief to know that I will be able to once again drink water without flipping my helmet up and won't have to rush getting dressed before and after.
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  14. As a dad, I'd say focus on school and the greater goal. One of the best feelings in life is never having homework or a test again. Trying to get school done when you're older is insanely harder. Sports and all are just hobbies in the end. As an old hockey player - I wish I gave more to playing sports while in college. College never ends, but your time to play while a student does. You have 40 years of being a working adult ahead of you - don't rush to get there. Good luck. There's no easy answer.
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  15. Made me feel a lot better about the goal I gave up with 3.4 seconds left in the first period in my game last week (sadly we did not go on to win like Fleury did). Pros - they're just like us! What a world!
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  16. Here is my Brian Heaton tribute set up. It is all original new old stock. Not for sale 😉
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