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This, ladies and gentlemen, is the sound of a guy who wants to be cool, smart, and funny, but isn't.
It is a legit question. I am a hockey guy, I played. My kids are in the same boat as the OP. Getting opinions on these things is exactly what a dboard is for. I am torn between new gear now to skate in this summer and risking a growth spurt, or wait for season and deal with the break in period in September. God forbid someone ask an opinion based question.
As for where to buy gear, please support local. You can save ten bucks on hockey monkey, but good luck going there to have them work on gear, give advice or discuss anything besides price. Zwickers in Bedford and Sports etc in Arlington are both great, family owned, and supportive of their respective communities.
When its on sale or clearance. Don't ever pay full price for anything. Sticks and skates especially.
so we can see someone buys their kid s150 gear from dicks sporting goods