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A man getting ready to play outdoor hockey with outdoor skate blades.

Outdoor vs Indoor ice and the effect on your skate blades

January 15, 2023

January is usually the start of one of the best times of year for a hockey player… outdoor rinks or odrs open up! Depending on your area, that means free hockey or low-cost hockey. It also means several pond hockey tournaments and events all over the upper portion of the United States and Canada! Outdoor…

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Small Business Helps Hockey

December 4, 2022

Hockey is in full swing and the holidays are a few weeks away. It is one of the most wonderful times of the year. While we can get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, I wanted to take some time to help expose some of the best small hockey businesses, social…

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Benefits of A Shorter Goalie Stick Paddle

November 6, 2022

What is one of the most overlooked piece of equipment? Not only the goalie stick, but goalie stick paddles. I wrote an article a few years ago about goalie stick paddle length, and I would like write about it again.  I have worked with a lot of with goalies at several goalie camps across the…

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Why vinyl wrap a goalie helmet?

October 13, 2022

What is one of the best things about being a goalie? It’s the goalie helmet and the design. A unique helmet design is a great way for the goalie to show off their taste in design or personal style. Through cost-effectiveness, and ease of application, vinyl wraps have become a popular choice for goalies to…

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Boot Stretching is shown in this photo to make the width of the skate wider

What is boot stretching?

August 30, 2022

Ever take a puck off the skates? It can hurt like hell. It may even make your foot swell up. Ever take the summer off, or in extreme cases a few years? When you put the skates back on after a while or after taking a puck, do the skates hurt or give discomfort along…

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Hockey Glove Fit

July 31, 2022

We have all heard look good play good, right? While that’s important there are articles on this blog about finding what works for you. That’s the same case with gloves. They may be overlooked but did you know that there are 3 different styles of gloves? Standard / Traditional Over the past 10 years or…

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No Tape Needed

June 28, 2022

What do great products do? They solve a problem, or they take the original idea and improve upon it to make it solve the problem better, more effectively. This is exactly what No Tape Needed did with the shin sleeve. No Tape Needed improved an old product, made it fun, and is now finding success…

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hockey wrap around

Hockey Wrap Around

May 24, 2022

How do you get to work on your game outside the rink without ruining your stick? Street hockey is a great way for some but you don’t get the same feel of the puck and you will most likely trash that $300 stick. You could also use a shooting pad, but that doesn’t allow movement…

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the outside of Bay Area Hockey Repair

Bay Area Hockey Repair and Sharpening

April 7, 2022

Hockey businesses come in all shapes and sizes. This blog features all different kinds that have carved out quite a niche. One that I haven’t covered yet is a repair shop or hockey store or repair shop. This is where Bay Area Hockey Repair (BAHR) comes in. Essan, the owner, is living proof that through…

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Third Assist Refhlex Glove Review

February 24, 2022

It’s that time of year again, pond season or odr szn as they say. Pond season allows players to get out into the elements and play endlessly. For the hockey purist, there is nothing better. However, for some players, dealing with the elements means cold hands (or if you’re like me, frostbite…thanks -18 without the…

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