Your ice hockey skates are the single most important part of your hockey equipment because they’re vital to your comfort and to your ability to move on the ice. While your ice hockey stick is important to your slap-shot and your hockey gloves are vital to your grip on the stick, they’re nothing in comparison to your skates. Ill-fitting hockey skates can make every game a pure misery, and greatly increase your risk of injury. Choosing skates that fit right should be an easy feat, but there are so many myths running around that many hockey players end up with skates that are completely wrong for their feet. Here’s what you need to know to get the best fit for your ice hockey skates.
One of the youngest inventors, Dudas recalls, was just two. “Her parents had sort of sectioned off a place where she couldn’t open the cabinet doors. She used suction cups and an extension,” Dudas explained. “Her parents thought it was a neat idea — to use for people in wheelchairs with limited movement,” he said. She had a patent by age 4!
This one is a lot of fun and players tend to like it. If you’re training alone, use a timer and play against yourself. The real fun though is when you do this drill one on one. Set up a 100m dash and place a net at some distance from the end of the 100 meters. Set up a bunch of pucks on a shooting sheet and have the players sprint the 100m and then fire at 4 targets in the net. After hitting all four, sprint back. First one back wins.
Yes, it will be cold, but the feeling of being out on the ice is incredible. Give people hot hand packs to warm up. And of course warm them ahead of time to dress incredibly warm and layered.
Without a good pair of mens skates, ice hockey cannot be played. Players wear skates with less curved blade to facilitate better leg movement. Goaltenders wear skates designed to help them move sideways. The skates are nearer to the ground and have better balance.
If you can swing a Thursday outing, it’s back to New Braunfels on Dec. 7 for Wassailfest. During this festival, local merchants open their stores and offer their own versions of wassail, a hot, spiced punch, to visitors. Downtown New Braunfels, decorated with thousands of lights, is the perfect backdrop for the wassail tasting as well as live holiday entertainment.
My clients have given me hunting and fishing equipment, baseball cards, new tennis clothing, collectible and expensive dolls, fancy dinnerware and stirling silver flatware. I have sold games and puzzles and many beanie babies, as well as Cross pens, Men’s silk ties, postcards, ice skates and my share of watches. Each new listing brings the hope of a home run, but honestly selling for others gives people a chance to clean out a garage or dining room and possibly find a new home for their unwanted treasures. I think being an eBay Trading Assistant is worth the effort in the long run. One never gets bored by listing the same old things, since listings change consistently and learning about all sorts of types of items is a challenge and very rewarding. It’s a win win situation!