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WillyGrips13 last won the day on September 8

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About WillyGrips13

  • Rank
    Advanced Member
  • Birthday 08/22/1977

Personal Information

  • Location
    Toledo, OH
  • Hometown
    Huntington, NY

Current Equipment

  • Leg Pads
    Don Simmons 586
  • Review:
    Soft and with torsional flex. Works well for me.
  • Glove
    Don Simmons Matrix
  • Review:
    Asked for a baseball-style glove. This achieves that.
  • Blocker
    Don Simmons Matrix
  • Review:
    Bindingless thin board with solid, unobstructive finger protection
  • Chest & Arm Protector
    Vaughn Epic 8800/John Brown 2100
  • Review:
    Vaughn: Mobile and light with decent protection. Brown: Solid protection, relatively mobile. Heavier and hotter than modern C/As
  • Pants
    John Brown 2000
  • Review:
    Solid protection and mobile.
  • Mask
  • Review:
    Solid protection. Refurbished once.
  • Stick
    CCM 26” Price
  • Review:
    Deflects and shoots just fine.
  • Skates - Boot
    Graf 750 Goaler Pro
  • Review:
    I like Graf skates. Comfortable.
  • Skate - Cowling
    Graf Cobra
  • Review:
    I prefer traditional protection. I had the inside toe area shaved down for improved attack angle.
  • Skates - Blades
  • Review:
    It’s embedded in the cowling. I like the feel of Graf blades.
  • Knee Pads
  • Review:
    They stay in place, cushion the knees for dropping and protect well from shots.
  • Neck Guard
    Maltese used with Vaughn. Integrated with the Brown
  • Review:
    Maltese: Solid and protective. Don’t notice it while wearing. Brown: Mostly ornamental. I would advise a separate throat and clavicle protector.
  • Jock
    Eagle double cup
  • Review:
    The gray one. Protects fine.

Wish List

  • Leg Pads
    John Brown 2100/287

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  1. There was a dude who used to wear a half and half home and away Bruins jersey to our weekly skate. We had to tell him to stop, because we never knew what team he was on. Hockey players not known for their intelligence.
  2. I have Simmons 586 pads and they’re pretty soft. Had them since 2012. They advised I get them at a taller measurement because they settle. Indeed I normally wear 34” but I got 36+2” and they fit, surprisingly. Also, I’ve worn ProLaces for several years and they relieve stress on my hips and make putting the pads on easier. I recommend them. Another option for soft pads would be going custom through Brown or Kenesky. Both companies will make the pads how you want. Finally, playing more stand-up will certainly help. Although, it’s hard to have the same level of success doing so. I’m getting olde
  3. There seems to be a lot of tin foil hat wearing motherfuckers out there nowadays. I support the idea of doing your own research and finding truth, in other words don’t believe what you’re told. But the places some people land with their conclusions is just stunning. Anywho, I live in Toledo, OH and I went to a drop-in locally recently. Similar to the Fraser experience, mask is only required for entry to building, not on ice. Although at this rink, Tamoshanter, they had spacing marked out in the locker room. No one to sit closer than six feet apart. I will be moving AGAIN. T
  4. This confuses me. I’ve been playing at Fraser, MI for a while. Only mask requirement is to wear it into the building until you’re in the locker room. Perhaps the mandates are different county to county.
  5. Our daily crack is back, Jack!
  6. Remember folks, just because something works for you doesn’t mean it will work for someone else.
  7. I had a dream that there was a power metal song with the chorus: Passmore! Blocker! Passmore! Blocker! If there are any music people on this site, we should make that happen. I’ll split the profits 60/40.
  8. Garth Snow is likely the main goalie who wore equipment so big, it gave the impetus for equipment reduction league-wide. Do people remember just how big his gear was before the crackdown on gear size? I occasionally hear people complain about goalie equipment getting bigger. It’s gotten reduced in size several times since the season that wasn’t played due to a lockout. The athletes wearing it have gotten bigger. Snow had nice gear style though, despite it being enormous.
  9. Are we obliged to hate Kenesky now?
  10. I think Battram and VHI (Viper) had short-lived forums around the time of GSBB going belly up. Also the goalie crease network had a forum. They still have a presence on social media and youtube, but no forum anymore.
  11. The funny thing is, Battram was known for amazing custom graphics. If you check out their website, you can see countless examples of wild concepts executed perfectly. So if someone chose Battram to build them a set, why wouldn’t you utilize his ability to execute an awesome design of your creation instead of asking him to duplicate a known stock graphic?
  12. Found these old pictures recently. Gear was from the mid-90’s. I used it up until shortly after these pictures were taken in ‘01 or ‘02. I still have the jersey. Everything else is gone, sold on eBay over time. C/A is Boddam, Crouch collar, Heaton pants (the ones with the integrated kneepads), Van Velden mask, Boddam Blaze pads, Brian’s Heritage series Air Hook and matching blocker, Graf Goaler Pro skates. I don’t remember much about the Brian’s stick. Only one I had.
  13. So far, so good experience for me. I mostly view this site on mobile.
  14. The best is even after a 40+ save performance, Hank takes his mask off and his hair is perfect. PERFECT!
  15. So I finally played in goal again at my weekly ball hockey outing. I did use a stand-up heavy methodology, keeping my hands out front, narrow stance and good knee bend. Ready to use the stick on low shots. I used lot of poke checking, paddle-down play, also. I had to be sure when I was going down that it was not going to leave me stranded. Played angles aggressively when no passing option was available. Worked well and I played well.
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