Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate is coming up soon.
In this episode, I’ll talk about the following
- Should you buy a hockey gift from a local store or online?
- Hockey gifts you probably shouldn’t purchase
- Gift cards don’t have to be impersonal
- List of hockey gift ideas
1. Some of us older players are picky about the brands we like.
– I only use Howie’s waxed laces (wider), but I don’t care what brand stick I have (makes no sense)
2. Make sure you purchase the correct size.
– My skates came with 96” laces. I replaced them with 108”, so I can leave my skates laced except for the top eyelet. My skate size is 7.5
I’ve included a lot of links to the gift ideas. NOTE: I’m not promoting any store or website.
Should you buy a hockey gift from a local store or online?
- Local Hockey Store: You can see and hold the item before you buy. Plus, you can talk to a knowledgeable salesperson.
- Online Hockey Store: Usually a coupon or sale going on.
- But, you will need to create an account. This may be a pain, if you don’t play hockey and won’t be using the site again until maybe next Christmas.
- You may have to pay for shipping.
- Purchase online from a local store (Perani’s Hockey World and Pure Hockey), the item can be returned to the store for a refund or exchange (but check ahead of time to make sure).
- You don’t have to leave your house to purchase gifts
Hockey gifts you probably shouldn’t purchase
- Personally, I don’t want someone getting me the following gear, because I want to first try them on:
- DON’T BUY ME any of the following gear: helmet, shoulder pads, shin guards, pants/shorts, elbow pads, gloves and skates.
Gift cards don’t have to be impersonal
- NOTE: Gift Cards/Gift Certificates/Gift Vouchers are the same.
- Tip: To keep this gift personal, include a card/note saying this is to purchase a new hockey stick, skates (other items for the previous topic of Hockey Gifts you probably shouldn’t purchase). – Gift card for Skate Sharpening’s, Skating Lessons, Open Skating, Sticks & Pucks or Hockey Fantasy Camp – AgelessHockey.com/7
- Local Store or Online?
List of hockey gift ideas
- Cool Site
NHL Shopping (May be more expensive than your local store, but will probably save you time if your player has a favorite NHL team)
- Sparx Skate Sharpening
This looks cool, but I wouldn’t want it. There is a great place, ten minutes from my house that does a great job sharpening my skates. Although there are many players that may have to travel a long way to get their skates sharpened. This is more of a pain if you must leave your skates and go back another day to pick them up. If this is the case, this machine may be worth looking at.
Sparx Skate Sharpener (Jeremy at How To Hockey)
$900 (sharpening = $7: 128 sharpenings)
- Skate socks (try cut resistant?)
Cut-Resistant Hockey Socks
- Skate Blade Guards (soakers)
- Shin guard socks (I can’t find cut resistant in Senior size?)
Shin Guard Socks
- Tickets to a NHL, college or other favorite teams game.
Make sure they want another stick. Do they want the same stick? Some guys like to wait for the new model stick. Ask one of their teammates or friends if they have mentioned anything to them.
Left or Right handed
Numbers on the stick: Flex, Curve
Shaft have a non-grip or grip (tacky) finish
If you buy a stick, they can always exchange it at the store. I wouldn’t buy a stick online.
- Stick Grips
I like using white cloth tape on the butt end of my stick
- Stick Wax for the blade
Stick Wax Reviews
I haven’t tried wax on my blade and may never, because I like using black hockey friction tape that’s sticky on both sides.
- Tape Tiger (remove tape quickly from the stick blade)
Tape Tiger Video
- Powerfoot Performance
Powerfoot Video – Powerfoot video
- Water bottle (Gatorade = put Red tape around it)
- Practice jersey: White and Red = XL (5’9”, 160 lbs)
- Sports Odor Eliminator – I’ve never tried these products. Some players wash their equipment in the washing machine (I’m afraid to do this; should I be?)
- Green Biscuit Original – Original is light green for stick handling and passing. The Snipe is dark “Army Green” for shooting.
Green Biscuit Snipe Review (Jeremy – How To Hockey)
- Street Hockey Stick (ABS blade) – Use this with the Green Biscuit/Snipe.
I got mine at Play it Again Sports (R & L handed) = length is short, by I don’t care. Found the slight curve I wanted = $20/each.
We live in a condo, so I have only used it in the garage, stick handling with the original and shooting the Snipe into two large folded up computer boxes (heavy cardboard).
Good when coming back from an injury or surgery.
Street Hockey Sticks
- Equipment Bag (wheeled?) – BE CAREFUL, since some guys are still old school and would never use a wheeled bag. I skate with an 80 yr old player that still carries his bag. Bauer Wheeled Bag
I would love to have a goal, but don’t have anywhere to store it (condo).
Goals for Off-Ice Practice
- Shooting Tarp
Easier to store, but expensive. $260
Shooting Tarp for Practice
- Stocking stuffers: Tape: black friction sticky on both sides, clear for shin guard socks, white for stick grip, skate laces and real pucks
- Hockey Gift Idea Videos
2016 Best Gift ideas For Any Hockey Player (Chris from Hockey Tutorial)
2017 Best Gift ideas For Any Hockey Player (Chris from Hockey Tutorial)
2016 Awesome Gifts for Hockey Players (Jeremy at How To Hockey)
2017 Best Gifts for Hockey Players (Jeremy at How To Hockey)
- Orr: – My Story (Bobby Orr)
- If These Walls Could Talk: Detroit Red Wings: Stories from the Detroit Red Wings Ice, Locker Room, and Press Box – Ken Daniels (TV Play by Play for the Detroit Red Wings)
NOTE: Also for the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers
- 2016–2017 Official Rules of the NHL
NHL Official Rules 2015-2016 (From my site)
2016-2017 Official Rules of the NHL
- Who’s Who in Women’s Hockey 2018
**There need to be more books specifically for girls and women
- Don Cherry’s Hockey stories and stuff
- Mr. Hockey: My Story (Gordie Howie)
- Wayne Gretzky: Greatness on Ice
- The Hockey Goalie’s Handbook: The Authoritative Guide for Players and Coaches
** Old 2002
- Howie Meeker’s Hockey Basics
**1974 = This item is only available from third-party sellers
- Peter Puck
**1975 = This item is only available from third-party sellers
Training Books and Videos
Is this crazy to get training stuff at our age?
- Laura Stamm’s Power Skating Book-4th Edition/DVD Package
– Doug Brown (Retired Detroit Red Wings player) is in the book and dvd
- Hockey Tough 2nd Edition (Sidney Crosby on the cover) He isn’t a tough guy.
Red Wings: Gordie Howe, Bob Probert, Brendan Shanahan, Joey Kocur, Darren McCarty
– Scott Stevens, New Jersey Devils
– Rob Blake, Los Angeles Kings
– Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins
– Chris Pronger, St. Louis Blues
– Cam Neely, Boston Bruins
– Marty McSorley, Los Angeles Kings
– Mark Messier, New York Rangers
– Tie Domi, Toronto Maple Leafs
– Tiger Williams, Toronto Maple Leafs
– Maurice Richard, Montreal Canadiens
– Dave “The Hammer” Schultz, Philadelphia Flyers
– Stan Jonathan, Boston Bruins (He was 5’ 8”, 175 lbs. Don Cherry said he’s one of the toughest that ever played)
– P.K. Subban, Nashville Predators
I know I’ve missed many more. Let me know your favorite tough guy.
This book is about players that are mentally tough.
In the Introduction it says it’s not a book for the beginner, it’s for competitive players. But don’t let this scare you off. I have this book, but haven’t read it yet.
- Play Better Hockey: The Essential Skills for Player Development
I hope my wife listens to this episode before Christmas.
Something about me
In 1969 (Senior Year of High School) I got my first “real” job.
I was in the co-op program at school, so I got out at 1:00 pm every day.
I worked in the produce department of a local grocery store: Great Scott Supermarket
I was in the Retail Clerks Union. $1.85/hr
My last 3 years, I was on the midnight shift. When I left in 1978 I was making $7.50/hr.
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This will be the last episode of 2017.
Have a fun and safe holiday. I’ll talk to you next year.
Have fun playing the greatest game on earth!
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