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  1. Yes, also anything from the slot tends to bobble and just be very unpredictable. Yes, team in front of you is a huge factor as well! I've had to learn how to get out of my own head and distance myself from the shots/scoreboard. That's honestly one of the hardest things I've had to learn since aging out of travel hockey 16 years ago (!) and one I'm sad to say I'm finally nailing down. My local rink ranges from Gold (ex Junior, NCAA, Pro) to Tin Can (beginner). I'm playing in Silver and 35+ this season (my first in "old man league") The coverage in front of me is (mostly) great in Silver - I'm seeing shooters funneled to the bad or dead angles, slot coverage is mostly adequate (but it's beer league still so lol)...while in 35+ I get a lot more "random bullshit go" plays develop in front of me. Forecheck patterns in Silver are routine as these are primarily folks who grew up playing organized hockey. As there are more or less established forcheck patterns (cycle, dump n chase, point man set up, etc). Where it starts getting weird is some of the shit that happens in 35+. Broken plays where my D gets a stick/shin/skate on a pass or shot but can't control it afterwards, he's doing pirouettes trying to find it BUT there's a random forechecker that's somehow in perfect position just outside the left post to pick it up and jam it off the post and in... A perfect centering pass from a dead angle where the passer's stick angle and body language clearly indicates he's trying rim it behind the net (like why are you rimming it in the first place), but somehow fumbles its way into the slot...or he does actually rim it but it doesn't have enough oompf behind it and it pops off the glass, over the net into the slot... What about those weak shots that gently caress your jersey and now you don't know where the hell it is because you didn't feel it hit you but now it's in the slot and oh fuck my defenseman is in the corner saying hi to his kids that came to watch him play Etc.
  2. Catching up on some exchanges here, and this one caught my eye as there's some very interesting science behind it related to how we perceive game speed, and I'd like to share. I think we can all agree it's easier to play at the correct level or higher, but it's really difficult to play down. There's numerous factors like broken plays, off-speed shots/passes, and just a general feeling of "you shouldn't be there..." Been working out with a coach who is studying sports psychology, also played D1 and minor pro hockey and we chatted about this subject. Based on what he is learning, it is possible for our minds to process games faster ("controlled processing" vs "automatic processing"). Novices tend to be more deliberate with their thoughts and movements (thus, "controlled processing") whereas a high end athlete can do most of these things automatically ("automatic processing"). A pro athlete in their given sport can recognize and fluently anticipate and adapt to plays much faster than us regular humans due to superior pattern recognition and physical literacy. When you "play down" the plays are much more deliberate, shooters have more time with the puck, and due to this we tend to subconsciously overthink and over analyze what's going on in front of us (again, goes back to the principle of "controlled processing" vs "automatic processing" - we switch to controlled processing when the game is slower). We can also overestimate our own abilities and get in our own heads a bit, believing we should take over the game instead of focusing on what makes us efficient at the job in the first place (positioning, skating). Shot flight paths are not as predictable due to the lower skill levels in skating/shooting mechanics. That's not to say there isn't stuff we can work on when the pace is slow, focus on skating, getting clean reads, beating passes on your feet, etc. This all lines up with a lot of what Steve McKichan preaches (and I'm going to paraphrase here) that shots from within the hash at the pro level are impossible to react to. Goalies at that level are getting reads off the shooter's body language and identifying patterns to figure out where the shot is being placed. So yay science
  3. Thanks! I got some vidcaps too, but I don't wanna torture anyone's eyeballs with them lol My wife told me she wants me to switch to red The rest of my team has white/red/navy but for some reason my jersey came in with royal blue I should have asked for a trade, we got outshot last night and lost by 2 I made a rhyme
  4. The Mrs and my Minis came to watch one of my games last night.
  5. Welcome! We're gonna be good pals
  6. Would you look at that, the narcissist thinks I'm obsessed with him. You're a joke, bud.
  7. You know what, at first I was going to ignore this. The other mods suggested I should ban you for a couple days and let it be. I quite honestly don't care enough of your opinion for your remark to offend me so I'll let it go. But I am sick and tired of you infecting this board with your fucking sniveling, attention-whoring bullshit. Your post history is full of you giving advice to other people, yet when someone offers you up something you won't accept it. Upon first quitting the board a few years ago, you threw a hissy fit and deleted all your posts and threads because no one was paying attention to you. Then you (probably) created a fake username and started posted on here posing as your own fucking neighbor or whoever the fuck Dumpy was supposed to be. Cut to today, you've started 18 million fucking bullshit threads all focused on YOU. Now you're using the board to create some weird fucking shrine to objectify and worship this poor gal who (thankfully) will probably never know who you are. No, it is absolutely fucking crystal clear to me that you should be the one to go 'fuck yourself.' Because, if you haven't realized it by now, if you don't love yourself first, nobody else will either.
  8. What kills me is the total 180 Last week he posts this thread asking "how do i stop feeling shitty" - most people responded by focusing on fitness and off-ice routine Based on this thread, I'd guess the only off-ice exercise he's getting is in the wrist
  9. Glad I could contribute. Hopefully it helps! Let me know how it goes
  10. The show is streaming on Netflix in the US, and it's pretty good. I got into it for a little bit. My routine is to take a lax ball and roll out a bit to loosen up any tense muscle or. Then I'll do a set of quadruped hip circles and finish off with a 90/90 stretch Make sure your entire body is flexed and loaded as if someone were trying to push you over, this helps trick your mind into adapting to the range faster. You can escalate the exercise from simple circles to doing a 5 second hold in certain positions where it is most difficult to attain range to try to grab a little more. Kind of hard to explain, but if you feel particularly jammed in one position of the hip circle, hold it there and count to 5 (while still under tension). CARS - Controlled Articular Rotations PAILs/RAILs - Progessive Angular Isometric Loading/Regressive Angular Isometric Loading (two sides of the same coin)
  11. This is fking crazy to me, not just because it's been almost a year and a half since your last skate, but we've also been in various states of Covid-related lockdown for over 500 days (that's not even counting the first cases in December/January in some areas). After we had our first kid (daughter), I took 2 years off and played nothing but video games and My Little Ponies. I got a call one day out of the blue to sub, and an hour later I was at the rink sitting in my gear with 10 mins left before my game like a fucking mite/atom getting ready for his first skate ever lol. I think it took me an hour to change out of my gear that day because I was so gassed. If you do anything to prep, look up some FRC stuff (Hip Controlled Articulated Rotations/CARS) and PAILS/RAILS to get some mobility back in the hips. If you're not familiar, it's kind of like yoga but with some intentional muscle activation/engagement mixed in to build strength and trick your body into accepting the new range limits. (hopefully that last bit made sense, I rewrote it like a dozen times). Do some resistance band work (monster walks, lateral strides, etc) to simulate the edgework mechanics you'll need under load. Most of our work is short, hard pushes and stops so IMO cardio isn't really necessary. Get a lacrosse ball or foam roller to help with any angry muscles/fascia
  12. Short story: Yes, merger. My understanding was Tony Priolo wanted to get away from the business side of things and focus more on design. Longer version with a bit of a tire pump: OTNY's roots in goalie masks go much deeper than the Sportmask acquisition and the growth of their own brand in recent years. They currently sell unbranded, unfinished shells to a large majority North American-based boutique goalie mask brands. These guys will buy the raw shells from Otny and finish them (mount hardware, sand, polish, paint, badge) - which is frequently the most time and labor intensive part of the process. Their masks have been in the NHL under different names. There are ties to the Fusion brand (who made the original 960/961 designs with Jerry Wright). There is another brand that I shouldn't mention by name, but they were prevalent in the league in the late 90s/early 00s. One of their last goalies retired very recently.
  13. Oh yes, ramp ups happen all the time with sloppy stick positioning with any stick IMO, and I can see how a wedge curve is particularly problematic Body discipline has more to do with it than stick pattern. Older butterfly save technique was to drop down with your shoulders in line with your hips and knees to eliminate vertical space. This has the unintentional side effect of encouraging the goalie to play on their heels, which in turn encourages stick shots to ramp up. The idea these days is to get some forward lean in the hips, gloves forward, eyes and shoulders down over the puck to eliminate ramp ups. Profile from the side should look like a wave cresting over the puck
  14. Apologies if I'm reading this wrong, but we should not be directing pucks with the curved portion of the blade. Proper technique is to have the puck hit the flat part where the paddle meets the blade. You want to position the stick with a slight backward angle to encourage puck elevation. We shouldn't be jabbing at the puck either, accept it, ramp it into the glass and reset. A few reasons why - Maximizes energy transfer so you can cleanly direct it into/over the glass (blocker arm should be strong on the stick to minimize energy loss on impact) Minimizes bad puck luck with an unlucky bounce off the blade or twisting the stick on a hard enough shot. You have most torque/control/influence of your stick directly under your grip and less so as the point of impact moves further out towards the toe of the blade. More consistency taking it off the flat part when compared to shots off the curve Encourages good head/eye tracking so you are tracking down on the puck
  15. Give me your Pokemon cards
  16. you fucking traitor, I hope you pull a G5 Jarry gaffe every game
  17. Send me something so I can give you my number too
  18. Two words: Period skates
  19. No, mostly he bitches about how old gear was better and he never wants to change Then he'll get some new old-stock gear and bitch about how crappy it is
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