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  1. Not going to argue that Hank isn't a well-dressed man (he is), but I'm always puzzled at the amount of credit that he—and other wealthy celebrities who live in major cities—gets for his 'style'. These people don't often just walk into Saks 5th Avenue or Bergdorf Goodman and simply browse racks, look for things in their size, pick out a few items, and then style themselves. Many of them employ stylists who shop for them (if only for a particular big event), or they go to a store and the merchants see to their every need and bring out items that are considered to be the newest/best (or seem to be a good choice for that customer) while the customer sits on a velvet couch and is brought coffee. My point is that if you have tons of expendable cash and access to top-tier clothing, you don't need to be exceptionally tasteful or stylish to end up with a perfect-fitting, great-looking wardrobe. Hank landed in one of the world's foremost fashion/culture centers as a popular celebrity athlete with a lot of money and the desire to look good on the public stage. Virtually anyone in that position is going to end up dressed immaculately (especially if suit designers and fashion houses seek you out to have you wear their newest, nicest threads, as is the case with Hank these days). And of course, Hank's dashing smile and all-around good looks add a lot to the "wow, he's SO stylish" notion. I mean, Phil Kessel could dress identically to Hank down to his shoelaces, and it's likely that nobody would say anything about how stylish or well-dressed he was... Hank's style in gear (which I think is pretty bad) is another matter entirely. But in his defense, he's very established with Bauer and DaveArt, and it's essentially his duty to wear whatever they want to show off... and IMO, those two brands put out some of the ugliest gear and paint-jobs in the league. I don't think his on-ice style shortcomings are "his fault" by any means.
  2. I did some freelance work with Vaughn's marketing team a few years back, and their approach to branding is actually pretty logical and refreshing. Each time they create a new line, they forge a 3-D rendering of that line's barbed, tribal graphic out of pure steel, and hone it to a brilliant sheen. Next, Mike Vaughn steps into the Vaughn Circle of Innovation, and leads his employees in the Carey Curse, a ritualistic chant that points out how actually, Carey Price's numbers have pretty much plummeted since he switched to CCM. Finally, Mike's subordinate hands him the steel tribal graphic, which he javelins towards a spreadsheet of every Vaughn employee's IP address. The new Vaughn line is named after whichever IP address it strikes.
  3. I prefer Jones's new setup to his previous ones—but I've also never really liked when Sharks goalies have orange in their gear. I think the minimal bit of orange in the uniforms is a sharp touch, but it always comes across as overwhelming on equipment. Ultimately, I'd love to see the Sharks go full-90s and return to a teal/black/white/grey palette (complete with the old, simplified logo). I don't see it happening... maybe a third jersey, someday.
  4. Everyday I see about 15 threads on this forum that I don't want to read — it's very easy to skip over them, and ignore them. Most of the threads I do want to look at end up getting buried back a page or two — and it's very easy to go find them. This is such a non-issue, and while I did agree with a lot of the original comments on the integrity of the material acquisition and some of the posting techniques, it feels like people just want to complain at this point. If you are not interested in the product and you're visiting this page, it's your fault for clicking. If you are bothered by the fact that you always have to *scroll past a single thread* on your keypad/mouse, then I don't know what to tell you... that's not a real problem. People are too accustomed to being able to curate their own perfect little news/social media feeds, where only the things they want to see are placed in front of them (you'll still get ads for things you don't care about). In real life, we are exposed to ads/content that we don't want to see hundreds of times a day. It's very easy to ignore it all. This is no different — act accordingly. Lastly, @TheGoalNet has done us all a big favor by stepping up and creating this community, which has done a remarkable job at filling the niche void left by the old GSBB. It is a good forum — but it's not a utopia, and nobody is owed anything, no matter how often they use it or how much they contribute. I think our administrator has made it clear that they are fine with how this thread fits into the overall purpose of the forum, and that they want people to move on from the issue. People should respect that.
  5. It's funny, I never liked the Helite 5's very much when I was a kid. Of course, this was entirely based on graphics — I had no knowledge of the pad's features. I didn't like how the legpads were a patchwork of color-blocking and geometric shapes (and dots), but the glove and blocker had a pointed wave graphic on them. I thought the Helite 4 and 6 line looked better, and was relieved that Brodeur never wore the Helite 5 graphic. That type of thinking seems so laughable now... those pads look sooo nice, I'd wear them (and their "matching" glove and blocker) in a heartbeat. It's a combination of the graphic growing on me a bit (probably because I'm not wild about the direction pad graphics have gone since those days) and the overall beauty of the pads (the thigh taper, the rolls, the boot, the straps, that big curvy logo) transcending any minor gripes about the graphic. In short, those Helite 5's have grown on me, and I've revisited this page to stare at @Naz's score three times now!
  6. Goddamn @Naz, those are beautiful! Congrats on the score... I want to say I've seen those pads for sale online for a while?
  7. I'm hoping he logs on just once a year, to start a new Sitings thread.
  8. Remember when there was d** s****** on the GSBB?
  9. Ah, this is news to me, and it definitely erases a lot of the good will I'd want to extend to someone starting a new business venture. Fair points about wanting to steer business practices away from a road we don't want to go down, too. I can't emphasize enough how much I agree with the sentiments about teasers and the concept itself, I just bristled at the idea that someone who was "trying to make something" getting batted down over issues that were little more than "kind of annoying" or "corny". It takes some courage to try and come up with a new idea / make it work, and I like the idea of encouraging people to do more this, rather than discourage them. But.... Yeah, the whole materials thing sounds a bit more worthy of condemnation. If someone is being dishonest or manipulating people to get material for their project, and then markets that product as honoring/respecting the original material, that's going to rub people the wrong way.
  10. In truth, I don't know anything about Joe Messina, or any other interactions on other hockey communities. And I feel similarly about the teaser posts and the actual products as many of the detractors here... but when I take a step back, I just don't see the point in trying to torpedo another person who is trying to get something going if they're not hurting anyone. As much as I might agree with much of what the detractors are pointing out, all this sanctimonious complaining about "spamming" and old materials basically adds up to "I think his posts are annoying" or "I would have launched this differently". The "spamming" complaint is nonsense — you'd have to click on this thread every time you come onto this board to see every post and teaser. Or you'd have to follow him on social media. It's on you if you continue to subject yourself to something that annoys you. Either way, are these things really worth your taking the time to try to bring someone down who's invested their time in trying to create a business? It's typical internet behavior — I guarantee everyone here wouldn't feel comfortable standing around and saying these things to potential customers outside a storefront... you would simply not go into the store yourself, or opt not to buy anything, and let others decide what they want to do while you move on with your life. So just don't click on this thread, and don't buy the products, and none of this should ever bother you again. And you can let Joe Messina succeed or fail without directly interfering with his venture.
  11. @jeff da goalie, this guy should be able to do his thing without you pecking at it from the side and slandering his business/work. If you don't like the products, then the simple solution is to not purchase them. If you don't like all the posts, the simple solution is to not click on the thread to read them. Both these things are well within your control, nothing's being forced on you. This is supposed to be a community made up of goalies, for goalies, and it's an appropriate place for a goalie to try and promote his goalie-themed, goalie-related business. I don't think it's wrong for people to discuss the products and pricing, or to be skeptical of the whole concept (I am)... but I think you should let a well-meaning person try and start a business without you posting snarky videos and being self-righteous about what he does with materials he's sought out/paid for. Seems like a lot of pointless negativity being directed at someone who had an idea for something new and had the guts/drive to try and make something out of it.
  12. Sorry, Max. It's encouraging to see that you're responding by doubling down on training to meet your goals, because that is truly the best way to handle these things. And it works. I played high school varsity all four years. My freshman year, I mostly backed up a senior goalie — at the end of the season, the coach told me "it's your net now." I was pretty pleased at the prospect of being handed the keys to the crease for 3 years. My sophomore season ended up being a huge disappointment — our team had a mediocre start, and I started losing time to a very talented freshman goalie. By the end of the season, I was sitting on the bench more often than starting. It was a huge setback — I had always thought that I was essentially guaranteed to be my town's starting goalie for at least 3 years (something that meant the world to me), and now I was sitting on the bench in front of my classmates for Friday night home games, trying to support my team and fight back the urge to resent my coach, the freshman goalie, etc. It was a humiliating and humbling experience, one that I ended up writing my college essay about. It was the biggest personal setback I'd come across at that point in my life. *80's training montage ensues* I spent the entire spring and summer playing hockey and working out, determined to get my spot back. I stretched in the mornings, did weight and agility exercises I'd read in the back of Goalies' World Magazine (RIP), and I attended as many goalie clinics and camps as my parents could sponsor. I decided that when the next season started, I was going to give them no choice but to give me my job back. That's how it went, and our team ended up having the best season in our history, winning the division championship, and getting bumped up into New Jersey's highest division of public school hockey. I also was ranked among the county's Top 10 goalies that year, and was given a captaincy by the end of the year. None of this is supposed to come off as an excruciating humble brag (ancient history, 2005) — I just wanted to say that I know the feeling, and assert my belief that if you really focus on putting in the work, doors will open. The NHL is littered with hundreds of stories of guys being cut, demoted, told they would never make the NHL, etc. People have an incredible capacity for turning failures and disappointment into triumph. Chin up. Don't take it personally. Let it motivate you. Learn from it. Work harder. You can do it, Max.
  13. I had a Grade 3 AC separation, which is when both ligaments that connect the clavicle (collar bone) to the scapula (shoulder bone) are completely torn (picture below). I did physical therapy for 3 months, and completed a daily regimen of exercises and stretches to stabilize/mobilize my shoulder. The doctors I saw are big in sports medicine in the Boston area, and it was cool that they were fairly knowledgeable/interested about what kind of challenges I'd have in net. I separated the shoulder at the end of August, and I was skating by mid-November... pretty amazing, considering how painful the injury was. Apparently, it takes the better part of a year for you to get a real sense of how recovered you'll be. So far, I'm pretty happy with where I'm at — the body's ability to heal from a trauma can be pretty impressive to witness. I eased back into hockey after climbing some other hills: first it was just PT exercises, then I started doing some yoga again, throwing a ball against the wall, etc. Eventually, my doctors told me to play for 5-10 minutes, to see how it felt. Then 15-20 minutes, then a half an hour, etc. I think I only test-skated it twice, to be honest — my team was about to start the season, and I felt confident in where it was at. It still feels a little sketchy at times, but usually any soreness I feel can be attributed to muscle tension, and not some structural issue. Stretching is more important now, the shoulder's about as stable as it can be at this point. But I do have to be careful about any hard contact with that shoulder — less in terms of shots, more in terms of hard falls, getting run into, etc. I do find that I instinctually hesitate before I do some crazy move or dive ... but I can still play how I want to, mostly. I just can't throw myself around with truly reckless abandon. I haven't noticed any real issues with my high blocker side. Good luck with your recovery.
  14. Roll's Law states that in any given situation where a non-goalie dons goalie pads for the first time, a kinetic pull between the outer rolls will force the non-goalie to don the pads with the rolls on the inside. It's basic science. This is one of my favorite examples of Roll's Law (timestamped, for your consideration):
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