|Presented by:||Ron Chisholm - a dedicated hockey fan, parent of four players, and past player and coach of many years.|
Skate Sharpener Competence
How does your skate sharpener stack up?
How are blade profiles changed?
Repairing the damage caused by
poor skate sharpening
Re-profiling restores blade shape, and balance, and is a cost effective way to repair skate blades.
Re-profiling involves removal of material from the skate blade, but in an orderly and measured way. Metal cannot be added to damaged skate blades, and blade tips which have been ground off cannot be restored without blade replacement.
Freehand skate sharpening routinely causes erosion of a blade's profile. Capable skate sharpeners can control this erosion, and keep it to a minimum.
Newly profiled skates can be corrupted again by poor skate sharpening. Unless you are careful where you get your skates sharpened, you may be wasting your money by having your skates repaired by re-profiling.
Keeping the damage from recurring
However if you use a shop just because it's convenient, then you are leaving yourself wide open to getting shoddy workmanship, and no value for your money.
Listen to the skater, because it's the skater who uses the skates. The skater should have the last word as to when and where the skates are sharpened, and yes, the young kids can tell the difference between a good and bad sharpening.
Avoid last minute skate sharpening by getting it done well before you have to use your skates. You shouldn't have to accept convenience over competence.
Additional Sharpening and Skate Information
on this site has been collected from official scoresheets and from on ice
observations. As such, the final statistics are not to be construed as
official or sanctioned by the Salem High School Athletic Department or by the
NHIAA. However, much of this information is not available from any other
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