Hey everyone. I have played hockey for about 12 years or so, on and off, and have been a goalie for most. I do still play goalie, but am going to start trying out. I've recently started playing out for the first time since I was 12, and had a question about getting skates profiled. I don't know a whole lot about the topic so I apologize if this seems pretty obvious.
The biggest issue I seem to have on the ice is getting used to player skates. I haven't skated on them very often but I seem to have no balance in them, and some difficulty making quick stops and starts. I have a pair of Easton's that I'm trying out (about 4 years old but lightly used). I'm fine skating around but during a game I can't seem to keep up with the constant starts and stops.
My question is, as an ex-goaltender, would I benefit from having my skates profiled to a higher radius, so that it more closely resembles a goalies flat blade? Something along the lines of 13", so that more of the blade is on the ice. To me this makes sense, but was wondering if anyone with more expertise could comment. Also any other advice for a goalie learning to skate in player skates would be appreciated... Thanks!
Eh, 13" is pretty dang high for a skater. 11" is about as high as I'd go. It makes it really hard to take those turns, and I'd imagine that will be the toughest part for you to get used to. You're probably stronger on your skates than most players from what I've seen of goalies. Actually most of the teams I play on the goalie is better than almost all the rest of the players for some reason.
thanks Jarick, I am pretty well balanced on my goalie skates, but player skates I feel like I'm learning to skate all over again I'll take a look at 11", I'm not looking to play competitively or anything, just in men's leagues and things like that it would be nice to be able to play both.
Haha Jarick's right, 13" is ridiculous. Most stock steel is either 9' or 10' (all Bauer is in fact 9') so definitely try 10' or 11'. I suggest having 2 pairs of steel. One profiled to a higher radius that you can switch down over time and one pair with a stock 9' that you can use long term.