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09-28-2012, 05:24 PM
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What city are you in? In general I'd say stay away from big, general purpose sport stores (Canadian Tire, Sport Check, Sport Mart, etc.), and stick to smaller hockey shops. Places with fewer but better trained employees, where there sharpeners are actually sharpening huge numbers of skates all day long, not just one or two skates out of the blue. Even still there will be bad sharpeners at reputable shops, and good sharpeners at otherwise bad shops, it's all about knowing the actual person who is sharpening your skates.

I've had good sharpenings at the Source for Sports that I go to, but I think they're all franchises, and all very different. The one I go to is a serious hockey shop, with nothing but hockey gear, but some of them can be more like Sport Checks.

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