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05-22-2012, 10:14 AM
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Jarick
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There has to be some terminology difference here.

There's ankle mobility and then boot stiffness. I always thought boot stiffness was more lateral, whereas ankle mobility is front-to-back.

Some skates, probably most at the NHL level, seem to do very well with very stiff skates AND taping the tongue/tendon guard for less ankle mobility. I think they do this to add power to their stride. But, lack of ankle mobility could lead to knee or hip/groin issues.

First thing that comes to mind is Marian Gaborik. He tapes the crap out of his ankles and is insanely fast. But he had nothing but groin issues for most of his career, eventually requiring surgery.

I don't know enough about that, but I do know I've never been very good without ankle mobility, regardless of skate stiffness. Even though my stride sucks and I don't have much power, I like the agility.

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