I love my son. Why he chose the single most expensive position in sports on the planet to specialize in, I will never know. If you asked him why he chose to be a hockey goalie he’d probably spout some drivel about the adrenaline rush he gets when facing a hard rubber puck coming at him at 120 mph. Personally I think anyone who wants to play hockey goalie is nuts.
In case you’ve never felt a hockey puck before, it’s not a sponge — 120-mph moving puck can do real damage if it hits you. That’s why having good functional equipment is paramount. Playing hockey in its own right is an expensive sport, but playing hockey goalie can bankrupt you if you let it. So when my son’s leg pad recently needed a repair I decided rather than dropping $1200 for new pads, I’d suck it up and do some sewing.
Of course I’m not referring to everyday sewing. I’m referring to industrial strength, leather-style sewing. I’m not an adept leatherworker, nor do I do this sort of thing frequently. So I manned up and after a trip to the nearest Jo-Ann’s and a quick pass through their furniture repair aisle, I emerged with a set of needles and a 24-yard bag of 1/16-inch polyester string.
Using the non-damaged leg pad as a template, I completed the repair within an hour. Only $10 later and some of my time saved $1200. Plus, my son is now adequately protected. Those are two trades worth making.