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  1. What is the difference between and certified and a non-certified goalie mask?
  2. What is a certified cat?s eye cage?
  3. What about painting a mask?
  4. What size goalie pads should I wear?
  5. What are the differences between stand-up, hybrid and pure butterfly pads?
  6. What are the advantages/disadvantages of a fully flat-faced pad?
  7. What are the differences between closed toes, toe caps with string and toe caps with buckles?
  8. What are overdrive blades on goal skates?
  9. How should you measure the proper length of a goalie stick?
  10. What is the difference between a game jersey and a replica jersey?
  11. Can you buy skates that are big on a player to allow for growth over the course of a season?
  12. I wear a size __ shoe, will these skates fit?
  13. What does the letter after the skate size signify/What is the width on skates?
  14. Why can?t you just cut down an adult stick for a young player?
  15. Do you accept trade-ins?
  16. How do I size chest protectors and pants?

  1. What is the difference between and certified and a non-certified goalie mask?
    A certified mask (either CSA or HECC) means that the mask and the cage have passed all of the tests to ensure the safety of the player who is wearing this mask. Theses tests include impact (the puck hitting the mask or a player falling) and a test to ensure that no piece of equipment (stick, butt end, skate) can enter through the cage of the mask. The helmet portion of a mask might be able to be certified, but unless the cage is certified, the mask will not receive a CSA or HECC sticker.

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  2. What is a certified cat?s eye cage?
    A certified cat?s eye cage is a new design of cage for goalie masks that provides the extra visibility found in a regular cat?s eye cage, but has enough protection and proper location of the bars of the cage to protect the wearer?s face from a stick, puck or other piece of equipment from entering through the care. The cage will also have passed the impact tests conducted by the safety agencies.

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  3. What about painting a mask?
    The best piece of advice is to check with the manufacturer. In many cases painting a mask will void the warranty. Manufacturers will have a list of certified painters that can be used to decorate and personalize your mask.. (eg. Eyecandyair is certified for most manufacturers.) These painters use products that are approved by the manufacturer. When in doubt, talk to the people who made the mask.

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  4. What size goalie pads should I wear?
    There is no 100% accurate way to measure for pads, but the most accurate guideline we?ve seen is to measure from your big toe to your inside ankle bone, then from ankle to knee along your shin with your leg slightly bent. Then measure from mid knee to mid thigh. That should give you a rough idea. Should you need more help, send us this info along with your height and inseam and we should be able to narrow it down for you.

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  5. What are the differences between stand-up, hybrid and pure butterfly pads?
    Virtually all goalie pads today are made with butterfly goalies in mind, however most pads can be worn and played in to suit any style. Although many pads have features that are more suited to a butterfly style of play, it should not adversely affect someone who does not play a butterfly style of game. Some pads are stiffer, some are more flexible, some are straighter from top to bottom, and some are curved. The important thing is to try some on and get a feel for what you like and never be afraid to ask about a pad and how it may suit your own personal style of play.

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  6. What are the advantages/disadvantages of a fully flat-faced pad?
    With a flat-faced pad you have a flat surface to direct rebounds where you want them. The inside calf if made flat will seal to the ice much better providing a seamless butterfly without any gaps for the puck to get under. Many people complain that flat-faced pads can give off bigger rebounds but from pad ?A? to pads ?B? you will always find that different pads react in different ways, so to say that flat-faced pads give off big rebounds would be incorrect and many pads will give off less of a rebound than their rolled cousins. With today?s goaltending looking for a pad that not only plays well, but also looks cool a flat-faced pad is also much easier for manufacturers to incorporate more elaborate graphics. With custom order times on the rise a flat faced pad is also sometimes easier for manufacturers to produce with fewer pieces and less ?stuffing? need to be done to the pad.

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  7. What are the differences between closed toes, toe caps with string and toe caps with buckles?
    Whichever method you use to tie down the front of your pad, it is very much a personal choice. Many goalies prefer to use strings because they can tighten the front of the pad more than with buckles. The closed to means there is no opening for the toes of the skates at the front of the pad.

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  8. What are overdrive blades on goal skates?
    Overdrive blades are steel blades that are attached to the cowling of a goal skate near the front toe. It allows for more grip when the goalie pushes off or wants to return to a standing position.

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  9. How should you measure the proper length of a goalie stick?
    The most important measurement of a goal stick is the length of the paddle. A good rule of thumb for measuring a goal stick is if the toe of the stick is off the ice when the goalie is in his crouch, the paddle of the stick is too short. If the heel of the stick is off the ice when the goalie is in his crouch, the paddle of the stick is too long. Paddles come in varying lengths between 21 and 26 inches. An stick that is the improper length can adversely affect the stance of a goalie and therefore adversely affect his entire game.

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  10. What is the difference between a game jersey and a replica jersey?
    A game jersey is the model that the players actually use in games. The major difference is the game jerseys have a ?fight strap? in the back of the shirt. The fight strap is looped to the back of the player?s pants to prevent the shirt from being removed while the player is exchanging pleasantries (and right hooks) with a member of the opposition.

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  11. Can you buy skates that are big on a player to allow for growth over the course of a season?
    The rule of thumb for sizing skates for young players is a finger. When the player tries on the skates, have the player push their foot so their toes are touching the front of the skate. Then have the player bend their knee and there should be an index finger worth of room between the player?s heel and the back of the skate.

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  12. I wear a size __ shoe, will these skates fit?
    Most skates (with the exception of Mission) will run about 1-1 ? sizes smaller than your shoes. Some players like a really snug fit and want to go even smaller. A recreational skater might not want such a tight fit and go only ? size smaller. Mission design their skates to fit close to or the same as your shoes, again some players who want a tighter fit will still go down in size.

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  13. What does the letter after the skate size signify/What is the width on skates?
    Skates generally come in two widths; D and EE. D is a standard width that fits most skaters and EE is for wide feet. Many manufacturers make a C width, which is narrow, and EEE which is very wide, but normally that would have to be specially ordered. Some skates are sized D/A or EE/B; the A and B refer to the width of the toe. A is standard and B is wide. Graf size their skates as ?R? (regular, D) ?W? (wide, EE) and ?N? (narrow, C).

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  14. Why can?t you just cut down an adult stick for a young player?
    Varying sizes of sticks means differences in shaft thickness as well as length of stick. Merely cutting down an adult stick for a young player means that the youngster will have to try and wrap his hands around a shaft that was designed for an adult. When the player is young and trying to learn the game, he will not have proper control of the stick to learn how to pass, shoot and stickhandle.

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  15. Do you accept trade-ins?
    We do not accept trade-ins for products on our online store. Normally trade-ins are reserved for in store items only.

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  16. How do I size chest protectors and pants?
    This is meant to be used as a guide only. Some manufacturers, especially with regards to Int/Jr/Yth, will vary in sizing, but most follow these guidelines.
    CHEST PROTECTORS
    SR.
    XL 6'0-6'4 ?
    LG 5'9-6'0 ?
    MD 5'6-5'9 ?
    SM 5'3-5'6 ?
    XS 5'0-5'3 ?
    INT/JR
    XL 5'0-5'3
    LG 4'9-5'0 ?
    MD 4'6-4'9 ?
    SM 4'3-4'6 ?
    YTH
    XL/L 4'0-4'3 ?
    S/M 4'0 and under ?
    PANTS(this will work for player's pants as well)
    SR
    SIZE EURO WAIST
    XXL 56 38-40
    XL 54 36-38
    LG 52 34-36
    MD 50 32-34
    SM 48 30-32
    JR
    XL 180 30-32
    LG 160 28-30
    MD 140 26-28
    SM 120 24-26


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