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Old 11-10-2008, 03:51 PM   #1
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Hockey Players: Where do you get your skates sharpened?

As the title states, which shops do you prefer based solely on quality? (not convenience of location)

So I've tried the following:

Canlan North Van Rink
Burnaby 8 Rinks Pro-shop
Hockey Shop (Surrey)
Cyclone Taylors (Vancouver)
Sport Check

It's wierd, I would say, I've received awesome quality work on my skates on all of the above locations (except SportCheck). The main problem I find is the frequency of quality work I receive. Sometimes I get a good sharpen, sometimes I don't. I've come to conclude that quality work does not depend on the shop, but the shop employee currently working at the time.

In that respect, I would say I received the most frequent quality work from Canlan North Van Rink.

So, where do you guys get yours done?
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I get mine done at 8 Rinks and they always do a good job.
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I usually get mine done at the burnaby 8-rinks, not trying to be sexist or anything but when the girl that works there does them... she gives them back and they feel just as sharp (dull) as before. so I agree that it depends on the employee on shift as to whether you get a good sharpen or not.

I was looking at the canadian tire website, and apparently the location on marine and byrne offer skate sharpening?? I never knew this, so I obviously havent tried them yet but I guess its a place to try...
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Old 11-10-2008, 11:07 PM   #6
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i use the morning weekday guy at 8-rinks (GIL)
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In that respect, I would say I received the most frequent quality work from Canlan North Van Rink.

So, where do you guys get yours done?
Seriously? I had mine done there once..and IT SUCKED DICK. I could not skate properly for like the first 2 periods.

Hockey Shop, imo, is hands down the best.

CT is okay. I find that they sharpen it well but sub-par to the quality I receive @ THS.
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Hockey Shop FTW. Better before they were bought by Source though.

Rocked Rod in GPF is good too.
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usually do cyclones the job is decent but I've heard many times that the north van canlan one is awesome
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Interesting. Some conflicting opinions on North Van & Burnaby 8.

Anyways, In regards to the Hockey Shop which I've tried quite a few times. Great sharpen but I find that sometimes they tend to take too much steel off.
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The hockey shop for me....and its worth the drive from richmond.
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Best one I go to is Cyclones on Oak if Tobi is the tech that day. I find he's the most consistent. Never been to The Hockey Shop for sharpenings just because it's too far.
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I like goin to cyclone taylor cause its close to home
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Dont ever go to sports chek they cant sharpen for shit. I bought a pair once and when they sharpened it they nicked up the chassis
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btw toby at cyclone is a nice guy he found the right 2pc set up for me and it was great.
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Dont ever go to sports chek they cant sharpen for shit. I bought a pair once and when they sharpened it they nicked up the chassis
Yeah...thats the thing about Sport Check, at least when i got my skates sharpened there once or twice.

The people that sharpens skates there are Ski-Techs, where thats their primary training....and if someone wants their skates sharpened, they're trained to do that as well to the bare minimum.
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Never going to CYCLONE'S ever again!!

Last time i went there, some dude with no neck sold me a pair of ice skates, and both the blades fell off. And when i went back to tell him what happened, he told me to fuck off and the figure skating shop was across the street!
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I'm just kidding...cyclones have always treated me and my skates wells.
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8 rinks...the main guy (40's ish)...been there forever, does a great shop.....haven't been there in a while cause i play at planet ice coq now

Planet Ice Coq, rocket rod's or what ever it's called...had them do them a few times, the young guy has done a good job

also i get a deep cut which most guys can't do well
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if you got a good sharpen
figure out who was the tech
and only get it done by him or her

everybody has their own way of sharpening skates
and some do a better job than others

in additoin the machine/stone they use make a big difference

shops that are stingy (a lot of rink side pro shops) will use a harder stone like ruby or pink that last a long time but does not produce a very smooth cut

shops who use soft stones like black or dark blue, as long as the guy who is doing it is not a total noob, the result of the sharpen will come out better than shops w/ shittier stones

most sportcheks use a hard stone, so when noobs are using it, the sharpen is very choopy and inconsistant, all the stores that i've worked at, I only sharpen using black stones, which are softer and provide better sharpens
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I usually get mine done at the burnaby 8-rinks, not trying to be sexist or anything but when the girl that works there does them... she gives them back and they feel just as sharp (dull) as before. so I agree that it depends on the employee on shift as to whether you get a good sharpen or not.
hahahah my buddy was telling me about her just this weekend, she really messed up his skates
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