Mouthguard Primer: 25 Tips!

Rumor has it that mouthguards aren’t required in Canada—but neckguards are—because you can replace your teeth but you can’t replace your head. While I can find no confirmation of this, last season my son was coached by a recently retired NHL player from Canada who did, in fact, require a neckguard.

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Armor Under Pads: The Base Layer

You know you’re facing a problem when two kids show up for practice late on the same day for the same reason: eczema infected by Velcro on their shin pads. And both moms spent more for the copay at the doctor’s office and prescriptions than the cost of spandex leggings or long skating socks to wear under the pads. In this case, it was a no-brainer—the boys needed to wear a base layer under their pads. But do all players need this? Take a look at opinions from experts.

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What You Need to Know to Buy Ice Hockey Skates

It’s counterintuitive but true. The best time to get new skates is in the off-season, when they’re on sale and you have time to break them in. Because the last thing you want to do is break in skates a couple weeks before tryouts — or during tryouts! Whether buying new or used, we found out what you really need to know to get your money’s worth.

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Kid Stuff: How to Make a Goal (Literally)

There’s nothing wrong with using garbage cans for goals, but if you’re ready to step it up, you might consider making your own goal out of PVC. The project isn’t too time consuming, especially considering most store-bought goals require assembly. If you’re willing to put in the time you can save some serious cash. You should be able to do this project for around $25. The final product measures about 44″ x 26″, about half the size of regulation.

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Voluntary Recall: NIKE BAUER SUPREME ONE50 JUNIOR STICK

nike_20bauer_20supreme_20one_2050_20sr-_20composite_20one-pieces_20-1-piece-_20sr-medDear Bauer Customer:  Bauer Hockey has strict protocols and procedures in place to ensure that all government safety standards are met. It has recently come to our attention that, despite these efforts, the lead content in the undercoat paint which is applied to the NIKE BAUER SUPREME ONE50 JUNIOR STICK (manufactured in 2006) and which is covered by a clear coating, exceeds the stringent limits set for children’s products by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) and Health Canada. While no injuries or illness have been reported, lead in paint may pose a hazard to young children who ingest the paint. Bauer intends to notify the CPSC of this issue and will be working with the CPSC and Health Canada on a voluntary recall of this product. Bauer is taking immediate action to remove the junior sticks from all stores.

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How to Treat Blisters from New Hockey Skates

Bandaid StuffAs hockey parents encounter issues and ask questions, we provide answers to common concerns. What hockey player hasn’t had a blister? Here is a reader question we recently received.

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Key Factors to Consider When Selecting Hockey Sticks

hockey_sticks_postWhile a hockey stick might seem like a simple piece of equipment, there are many considerations when shopping for the right stick for your hockey player. Choosing an inappropriate size and type of stick might actually be detrimental to their game. Here are a few tips to consider.

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Questions to Ask When Selecting Hockey Pants

hockey_pantsWhen looking at which hockey pants to buy you will want to ask yourself a couple questions. First, analyze your playing style. What level of play are you competing in: a beginner, a travel player or higher, or are you an old timer? Second are you more concerned with protection, mobility or a happy medium? The answers to these questions will dictate the type of ice pant you need. Hockey pants come in various designs with many different features.

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How to Properly Maintain Hockey Equipment

proper_equipment_maintenance_postHockey equipment can be a big financial investment. Keeping this investment in the best possible condition can be difficult, especially considering they are being utilized by children.  Here are some great tips to keep your child’s hockey gear in top working order and extend the time that it is able to be used.

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Hockey Equipment 101– More Than a Pair of Skates

hockey_equip_101For those just starting out in a youth hockey program, the endless supply of equipment needs might seem overwhelming. However, even seasoned players can become confused about the essential and non-essential equipment. Here is a break down from HockeyX.com of the must-have equipment to include on your shopping list. Use this handy checklist the next time you hit your local sporting goods store.

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