Kind of have to agree with the post on development. Not for the high end kids but for the bottom of the roster. My kid was a diaper baby playing on an elite EHF team. He was # 8 out of 11 skaters. Good skater and competed well but it was clear the skills set was not there compared to top of the roster. The EHF team practiced battle drills (90%). He learned how to compete his butt off!! Their coaches were honest, do skills on your own time, we will focus on battles. I moved him to an E9 team based on a couple practices I had seen. Well, one year in, his skill set has dramatically improved and still competes his butt off. The little guy competes at a high level no matter the league he competes against. I think a mix of battling and skill set drills is better than pigeon hole’n the team to just one approach.
Guy or Lad ask for skate advice and it turns into an E9/Fed discussion. Kleen n Hard out of Worcester does a good job with sizing and getting you *****d appropriately.
You sir, are a tool. You need to buy yourself some skates as you probably never played the game before. FED/E9 makes no difference in a couple years. You will see. Now get back in your Subaru and drive away.
And get a Jofa helmet while you’re at it.
Second Cookes Skate in Wilmington.
Put 2 boys through top youth and juniors and neither ever got new skates until they were in juniors. Find a place with perfectly fine newer used skates that some rich kid just got rid of. Just like cars, saves a ton of $.
This is the best idea on this thread. Any recs on places to go?