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Equipment Required for Ice Hockey.

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Ice hockey is one of the most dangerous sports out there. In addition to the physical nature of the game, there’s also a chance of injury from skating, or getting hit with a puck. There’s a lot of equipment that goes into keeping players safe, and while some of it is necessary, other pieces are optional. If you’re not playing in a sanctioned game then all you really need to play is ice hockey sticks and ice skates. Though helmet is definitely recommended, as are some hockey gloves.

If however, you plan on playing in a sanctioned league there are a lot more pieces of equipment to obtain before you reach the ice. Underneath the jersey you have shoulder pads, which should cover the shoulders, back and chest. You’ll also have elbow pads, which will protect your elbows in case of falls and when getting hit. On the bottom half of the body you’ll need an athletic supporter, most of these come with pieces to hold up hockey socks. You’ll also need a pair of shin-guards and pair of “breezers” also known as hockey pants to cover the rest of your body. After that all you need are hockey socks and a jersey, which are often times provided by the league itself.

All of this gear can be had in a few different places. One of the first stops should be your local hockey shop, often times an ice rink will have one in the building. It’s best to start here as the staff will be trained in the correct way to size up the gear, and be able to order exactly what you need. If you’re without a store like this, a good option is a sports supply chain that has a hockey section, they’re not as knowledgeable but they’ll have what you need. If that is also not an option, your last bet is to check online for stores, make sure to read up on fitting before you spend any money and check and make sure they have a flexible return policy should you order wrong.

Off Season Hockey Training

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

In the Golden Days (think Golden Jet) of hockey training camp was a place where the players came to get fit. After a summer of relaxation it was time to get back to work. In the modern days of millionaire athletes, if a player showed up at training camp in a horrible state he may loose his job. The leagues are now that competitive.

So what is a player supposed to do to keep fit in the off-season. There are a lot of off-season hockey training systems around and a lot of experienced trainers out there to help. One thing to consider, at least for NHL players, is how long was their season? There is a big difference in a player who’s team did not make the playoffs as opposed to one that went all the way to the finals. It can make a difference of a month and a half of grueling games. The point is that every player needs time to rest before serious workouts can begin. Even the great players like Ovechkin and Crosby take some time off before they get back into the weight room.

So the first step once the season ends is to recover from any nagging injuries. Anywhere from a couple weeks to perhaps a month or more of rest is needed. From this point the player can transition to a more active training program. The age of a player counts a lot towards his off season training as well. An older player with a consistent muscle mass will not need to work as hard as a rookie who still needs to add fifteen pounds to his body.

One thing is certain, unlike older days – when a player shows up at camp he better be in great shape. If you are looking for an off-season workout program, as with many things these days, Google is your friend. There are many training regimens available online – and a lot are completely free so don’t give out your credit card info too quickly. Do a thorough search first.

Ice Hockey Bags For Carrying Your Equipment

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Do you have too much ice hockey equipment to carry around and need to find a more convenient solution for transporting it then what you are doing now? Ice hockey bags are very helpful when you are trying to lug your ice hockey accessories from one location to the other. If you are tired of fumbling with the things that you need in order to play ice hockey then maybe it is time for you to think about investing in a bag that will make it easier for you to carry all of your stuff around. There are a few different things that you will want to consider before you make your purchase in order to get the best bag to use.

When you are shopping around for different bags for your ice hockey equipment you will notice that there are a few different types to choose from. You can choose from a duffel style bag that will be large enough to put all of your equipment inside of, but there will be other types such as those on wheels and those that you wear like a backpack. You will also find bags that are made just for carrying your hockey stick in. You will want to decide which one will benefit you and bring you the help that you are looking for.

Once you have figured out which type of bag you want to purchase to carry all of your equipment in you will want to go on the internet and start looking through different hockey bags. You will be able to find a lot of online hockey stores that will make it easy and convenient for you to purchase the bag that you need.

There are a lot of different types of ice hockey bags available for you to carry your equipment in, and there are a few different options that you will want to think about. If you take the time to do a little bit of research you will be prepared to purchase a ice hockey bag that will last you for a very long time.

Saving Money on Hockey Equipment

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

If you are an ice hockey player you probably know that buying the ice hockey equipment required to protect yourself from injury can be very expensive. While it is true that you can spend a lot of money when shopping for hockey equipment, there are things that you can do to save quite a bit of money by knowing where to shop for cheap hockey gear.

With the advancements of technology and the invention of the internet, there are more and more online hockey equipment websites popping up each year. This is very good news for any hockey player who is interested in finding the best deals on equipment because the added competition in the hockey equipment market is requiring many of these websites to drop their prices or offer big sales in order to get an upper hand on their competitors. One thing you should know however, is that if you do want to buy your ice hockey equipment online you absolutely need to do your research and you should know what you are looking for and the size that you need before you purchase the product.

Another way to save some money when buying hockey gear is to know when to buy. If you can wait until the off season, which is the summer time for the sport of ice hockey, you can find incredible deals, both online and at your local ice hockey pro shop. These hockey stores often do not get as much business during the off season, thus they try to offer some closeout sales on their hockey equipment in order to get some of their inventory out of the door and to gain some much need revenue during the summer.

Buying hockey equipment for yourself or for your child does not have to put you in debt or make you broke. You just have to know the best ways to save on hockey gear and you will absolutely be able acquire a quality set of ice hockey equipment for an affordable price.


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