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09-12-2007, 06:47 PM
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Originally Posted by MikeD View Post
If a boot is too tight, get a better fit skate. Putting a shoe stretcher in the boot will cause a loss in the rigidity of the boot, decreasing protection from puck impact. If the skate is engineered for heat molding have it done. It will eliminate many hours of wear time from the break in period.

If it is a matter of getting the boot to relax, allowing the little guys to tighten their skates properly, pick up the lace wrenches. Cost is about 2 bucks each and they make it much easier for them to tighten their own skates.
I think stretching is perfectly acceptable at the squirt level. Once you start hitting the higher age groups, where they DO shoot much harder, then you might reconsider.

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