Skate sharpening for six year old hockey player

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  1. DannyGallivan

    DannyGallivan Your world frightens and confuses me

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    Pretty basic question. How often should you have your six year-old hockey player's skates sharpened? He's skated on them for about five hours so far this month (five one hour pre-season practices). They still seem okay.

    When I played I liked them slightly dull as it helped with my speed, but he's just starting out so it's important for him to have good edges.
     
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    What hollow is he using? My 8 year old is little for his age ~48 pounds and he can go about 7-8 1 hr. sessions before I get them re-sharpened to 1/2" (live in the south, really soft ice here).
     
  3. DannyGallivan

    DannyGallivan Your world frightens and confuses me

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    Just a "normal" hollow (1/2). My son is big for his age, but not abnormally so. Perhaps he can get away with another couple of hours.
     
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    My daughter is seven, been skating since she was about four, and I honestly have never had a specific time frame when I get her skates sharpened.

    She’s on the ice a lot, but I’d estimate I get them sharpened 3-4 times a year. I basically check the hollow by holding it up to the light and then feeling the edges across the grain.
     

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