Maton keeps knights geared up _ the london free press

None of the players on the 2016 Memorial Cup champion Knights knew at the time, but coach Dale Hunter commanded a subtle change to a critical piece of their equipment in the first round of the playoffs last year.

Facing a gung-ho Owen Sound squad at the older, muggy Bayshore arena and knowing how rising spring temperatures affect indoor ice, Hunter huddled with veteran equipment manager Chris Maton and decided to cut everybody’s skate hollow back to three-quarters of an inch.

“Dale was pretty proud of it that we had this to tell the boys,” Maton said. Pitch definition science “It was pretty funny — the head coach/owner and equipment guy with this little secret. Small garden design ideas on a budget We felt it really helped. Landscape photography definition The players were more on top of the ice and digging in. Team usa baseball tryouts But it’s a fine line. Baseball players names You have to be very careful it’s not too much of a hollow, or you’ll have kids sliding around.”

But it highlights the champs’ attention to detail and the franchise’s willingness to focus on the little things. Front garden design Maton has been the club’s Prime Minister of Gear for the majority of the Hunter clan’s ownership run.

The 48-year-old picked up the trade when he was done playing hockey in Mt. Fantasy basketball mock draft 2016 Brydges at age 20. Ncaa basketball final four 2016 He started out lending a hand in St. Backyard designs with pool Thomas with the junior B Stars, winning back-to-back Western league titles, the first with a young Joe Thornton. Baseball hitting drills He went to Western and was part of the Mustang men’s 2002 national university title. Masonry tools and their uses His first full year with the Knights was the magical Memorial Cup season of 2004-05.

The whole way, he’s been operating Maton Lawn and Garden Care. Baseball field diagram His eldest son Christopher, a fixture around the rink, just finished four years at Fanshawe College for landscape design and is now helping out with the business.

London Knights equipment manager Chris Maton rushes to remove Anthony Stolarz’s pads after the goalie was cut by a skate during an OHL game against the Saginaw Spirit at Budweiser Gardens on January 17, 2014. Tournament bracket online (Free Press file photo)

“When I first started part-time, it was long hours getting off the (team) bus and plowing snow,” Maton said. Fantasy basketball dynasty rankings “But Mark and Dale (Hunter) have been very good to me and that’s why I’m still there. Fantasy football mock draft 10 team They’re like family. Basketball teams That’s one of the reasons we’re so successful. Define pitchy Everyone has fun doing it, everyone goes the extra mile and there are a lot of laughs.”

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“I like the Knights head logo on our greens, but I like the black jerseys. Hardscaping aquarium One day, we’ll (combine them again). Cbs sports fantasy baseball rankings Last year at the start of the playoffs, Matthew Tkachuk came to me and said, ‘Mats, we’re wearing black, right?’ I told him, no, we have to wear green at home. Fantasy basketball rankings It’s the House of Green. How to pitch a tent And he says, ‘Mats, everyone likes the black. Backyard designs We gotta wear that.’ I said, ‘No, Matthew, we have to start with the greens.’ Then we played Owen Sound and lost a couple of home games. Football games on tv Matthew comes back and said, ‘Mats, we’re wearing black now’. Football games online live I said, ‘OK, bud. Pitch bend midi I might get in trouble for it.’ He said, ‘It doesn’t matter. Garden of words english sub We’ll deal with that.’ So we wore black the rest of the playoffs and never even brought the greens to Red Deer (on the way to 17 straight victories). Paving calculator That was too funny.”

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“We were playing in Saginaw in the playoffs (in 2012) and Seth Griffith broke a steel on his one skate. Facebook stock value He could barely get off the ice. Asphalt 8 download So I run off to get the spare skate bag. Baseball drills We put one skate on him and it didn’t have an insole. College softball players I said, ‘Don’t worry about it, let’s go.’ Suddenly, the whistle blew and we’re on a power play. Facebook mobile Seth went flying out there and scored on the power play.”

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“That was a very scary incident. Realtime landscaping architect 2014 crack Every kid on our team, it’s mandatory they wear Kevlar socks. Mls softball downey They’re cut-resistant, not cut-proof, but they do help and if there’s something you can do, you’ve got to, right? They’ve come a long way with those socks. Outdoor patio bars near me They’re not as thick as they used to be. Fantasy football 2016 rankings They breathe a little and if a kid doesn’t wear socks, we have sleeves that go right down to the ankle. Softball sayings It’s the same as other mandatory equipment. Pinch hitter game I have a saying before they go on the ice: “Mouth guards, neck guards, tie-downs.” (Even with limited fighting these days, it’s an OHL rule jersey tie-downs must be fastened). Spring training florida They get talking and forget. Jain irrigation news I have a two-way radio on the bench if they forget and Dougie (trainer Doug Stacey) has a few spare mouth guards. Baseball scores We go from there.”

“They’re mandated well, but I’d like to see it’s more consistent. Fantasy sports new york It’s a hard piece of equipment brought in and young men aren’t used to wearing them. Washington softball schedule It’s one of those things, same as mouth guards, that doesn’t look cool. Facebook live notifications But safety is very important and it’s something they can wear that doesn’t affect their on-ice performance. Pervious concrete If anything, I would like to see neck guards a little smaller. Lattice method Every little bit helps. Football field background Then, the players would wear them more. What is pitchfork There’s a shirt with the neck guard in it and most people don’t see it. Football online games The kids push them down a little. Minor league baseball teams in texas Christian Dvorak wore one and refs asked all the time about it. Small garden ideas He and Mitch (Marner) both wore the shirt style.”

“My first few years, David Bolland wore Graf skates for a couple of years and they molded to his feet. Slow pitch softball hitting drills I talked to him about switching to Bauer, who were making a light skate. How to pitch a movie idea I told him it’ll help your skating, so of course, he said let’s try it. Front yard landscaping I get a pair in and one day, he’d say they’re fine. Wicker park Then, the next day, ‘nope, they hurt my feet.’ We went on and on. How to build a deck step by step with pictures I would even take my boot press on the road with me. College softball coach salary We were in Plymouth one time and I said to him, ‘David, that’s the last time. Serious softball team names I won’t punch (the boot) anymore. Tee ball drills Go back to your Grafs. Baseball scores live I can’t keep doing this. Garden of words quotes I have 19 more players to look after and my whole focus is on you’. Rock garden designs He said, “Mats, don’t get mad. Masonry retaining wall design example They just don’t feel right’. Gardening tips for beginners I told him, ‘I’m starting to feel like your mother.’ We’re like best friends now and that (battle) comes up all the time.”