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Preds equipment manager has the right touch

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Hockey players amaze with their ability to move in all directions, cut and turn and seemingly stop on a dime - all while donning skates.

We spent some time this week with Pete Rogers, head equipment manager for the Nashville Predators, who has been with the team since its inception.

Rogers is in charge of the skates, sticks, uniforms and everything else you see around the players each night. From blade size to shoe size, Rogers and his crew keeps tabs on everything.

He showed us what it takes to ensure each player is performing at peak capacity.

"Skate sharpening is all feel," Rogers said. "I don't touch the holder. I touch the boot, because I want to be able to feel the stone is hitting the blade the right way and it's a good cut."

Rogers said he typically doesn't talk to an individual player about their skates unless there's a problem.

"The other night after the game, Shea Weber wanted new steel on his skates for the game yesterday, and he texted me as he was getting off the plane at 2 o'clock in the morning," Rogers said.

More often, he said, players will talk with him about their sticks to make sure they are playing with one that has the right curve and strength to help them score more goals.

"They'll beat up the end a little bit, we'll put it in the blade bender. The sticks are so custom for the guys. The skates and sticks are their main tools," Rogers said.

If guys were skating on their toes or heels too much, Rogers is watching and may mention it to help them improve.

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