getting chriped re various types of gear might be an age group - relevant. younger guys place a greater emphasis on "style" whilst older guys in beer leagues may not give a crap at all about what other players are wearing.
Some overly dramatic lists around here. Tinted visors, famous numbers and outlandish looking equipment is about it...everything else is generally fair game, no one cares. Especially off-coloured socks or taping the whole blade...no one cares. I've had blue gloves since my last year competitive and no one's ever said a thing.
i dont suck, but it's beer league. so you never know what to expect to hear from guys.
on a play last night i deked out both dmen, then undressed the goalie and put it off the post on my backhand. then as i skated away the goalie was lipping me off (not in a sportsmanlike humorous way), despite the fact he just gave up 5 straight goals to us.lol.
when im out on the ice, i will chirp at guys more for their actions/etiquette on the ice. there is one guy in our league who thinks that ever game is game 7 of the stanley cup finals. typical "sunglasses at night" (jim rome bit) kinda guy.
What's people's issues with half cage/half visor setups? As and when I start playing I'll be using one because, being visually impaired, friends who play suggested it'd be the safest thing for me in terms of protecting my vision...
Or maybe over in the UK it won't be so bad as hockey is such an unknown sport we all have to stick together?
Sticks are sticks for the most part, I don't think most players even take the time of day to notice what other player's sticks are. But despite the unique paint job and name, that's a solidly functional stick, so I would doubt anyone would chirp at that.
As far as equipment goes I don't care what other people wear when it pertains to matching.
Things that look dumb ... intentionally miscolored socks, stick tape with graphics on them like skulls or smiley faces. Tucked in jersey .... may as well get a number 99 at the same time.
Guys making sure you know they paid $600 for their skates and usually say things like "Yeah I don't know where the net is" after making a nice backhand.
Basically big egoed morons who deserve belittling.
I will chirp someone who bragged about something like their $600 skates .... I usually wait until they turn a puck over and it results in a goal. "Too bad your $600 skates can't prevent a turnover, maybe if you had paid just a little more you would have been all set".
This - Aside from tinted visors, I have never seen anybody be criticized for their gear. It's just stupid and i'ts pointless. Fortunately I don't live wear some of you people live, we care more about how we play hockey than how we look.