For most hockey players the end of the fall/winter season culminates with a tournament to decide the champions! It is, without a doubt, the most exciting time of the season. It is also the most critical time as the games mean more and the competition is even greater. For these reasons it’s worth taking the time to take a few precautions with your most important gear!
Helmet– Check to make sure all your screws, snaps and straps are secure and in place. Most skate shops can help get your helmet in working order in no time. Consider buying an extra chin strap as tourney time tends to be the one time refs check on these things. Having an extra mouthpiece is also strongly recommended.
Skates– Make sure your skates are sharpened. No matter when the last time you got them sharpened was, this is the time of year to have them done before each game. Losing an edge can happen at any point so don’t take any chances! Have your blades checked by an expert. If they are getting low on steel get them replaced. If you have Bauer skates with the LS2 Edge holders (trigger) investing in a backup set of blades and having them sharpened and ready to go is a very worthwhile purchase.
Goalies- Grab an extra set of toe laces just in case you cut or break one during the course of play. Check out all of your clips and buckles to make sure you have them all and they are all functional. Check the condition of the cage on your mask and if it’s badly dented, get it replaced. While you’re at it, grabbing an extra dangler would be a great idea!
Miscellaneous– Make sure you have enough hockey tape, clear tape, and hockey laces to get you through the next couple of weeks! The relatively low cost versus peace of mind makes this an essential purchase.
Why wait for the new 2017 Bauer Vapor skates due out in mid-July when you can score 30% Off all remaining 2016 models! Hurry, supply is limited but the deals will never be better!
Just Added! 25% Off CCM JetSpeed Series Skates!
In early 2017 Vaughn Custom Sports launched the new Ventus SLR Pro Carbon leg pads. These pro pads were a significant departure from what many considered the classic “Vaughn” pad. Here are the highlights-
The Vaughn Ventus SLR Pro Carbon leg pad is one of the lightest, most durable pads on the market today. Here are some of the highlights:
- The foam core internal structure is pre-shaped in an “S” curve with carbon fiber inserts. The carbon fiber increases durability, decreases weight, and helps the pad maintain its structure, so there is no change to the pad shape over time.
- The new strapping system replaces all the leather straps to reduce the weight of the pad even further, and also provides an easier strapping set up. The boot strap is a combination of leather and elastic for added durability. There is also a magnetic buckle that attaches around the knee, which allows for a quick and easy way to put on the pad, all while reducing the overall weight of the pad.
- The reinforced HD foam padding along the edge of the pad allows the pad to sit flush along the ice for an extremely tight seal.
- The widened knee cradle allows for added room and flexibility for any goaltender who uses large knee pads.
Following up on the SLR Pro Carbon, Vaughn recently introduced the SLR concept in Youth, Junior, and Senior pad models! All feature the pre-shaped “S” curve, simplified strapping system and lightweight design of the Pro Carbon but at sizes and prices for goalies of any age or ability! Check out of full selection of Vaughn SLR goalie leg pads!
It’s a rare opportunity to get new goalie gear before it’s available to the general public. It’s an even rarer opportunity to get authentic pro goalie gear built to the exact specifications of one of the NHL’s best and most popular goalies. Now you can have both with this numbered, limited edition CCM E-Flex III authentic Carey Price custom setup!
These are as authentic as it gets. From the hand angle of the glove to to length of the pads (34+2″) these are the real deal. This is an awesome setup for any high level goalie, Carey Price fan, or goalie gear collector.
Even if authentic pro pads aren’t your thing, don’t miss a chance to check out the new, soon to be released CCM E-Flex III pro goalie gear weeks before they are available for purchase.
Please call 781-646-1600 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquiries regarding this awesome authentic pad setup.
Top shelf, bottom corner, even championships—hit what you’re aiming for every time with the new 2017 NEXUS 1N stick. With the new control shaft geometry and improved sweet spot technology, load your shot with ease and put the puck in the back of the net. The 2017 Nexus 1N is available 12/2/16
Ice skates and ice skating are an essential part of fall and winter in the Northeast and beyond. From hockey to figure skating, from free skate to pond skating, from youth hockey to beer league hockey. Whatever you choose to do we have ice skates for you and your whole family! All our new skate include complimentary initial skate sharpening! From toddler to kids to adults we have we you need to get skating in the right direction
On the heels of the popular G-Netik II, Brian’s introduces the G-Netik Pro 3 Series.
The Brian’s G-Netik Pro 3 Leg Pads feature a newly redesigned flat face designed for the flex the hybrid goalie desires with the stiffness the butterfly style needs
The Brian’s G-Netik Pro 3 Catch Glove feature a newly redesigned cuff angle designed to funnel pucks directly into the pocket to meet the needs of the active butterfly goalie.
Brian’s G-Netik Pro 3 Blocker features a newly redesigned palm designed to give the best balance and feel while giving the best rebound control for active butterfly goalies.
Come in and check out the new Brian’s G-Netik Pro 3 goalie gear today! Available now for purchase or let our goalie experts help you design the custom setup of your dreams!
Ever wonder what it’s like to suit up like an NHL goalie?
Now for a limited time, Sports Etc. is offering a deal on a brand new, unused pro-stock goalie catcher designed for Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask!
PRO SPECS INCLUDE…
- Vaughn T-5500 design with a split cuff for added flexibility in the wrist
- Double spine T web, which is stiffened so it does not curl over
- Adjusted glove angle that stands more straight when the glove is closed. This allows for an easy and effortless closing motion
- Boston Bruins colors
- NHL approved to meet all regulations on goalie equipment sizing
Normally $489.99, Now Available for $459.99! Call 781-646-1600 (Limited Number Available, While Supplies Last)
As a parent, there are many things to think about when outfitting your hockey player. With all that we know about concussions, the most important piece of equipment is the hockey helmet. At Sports Etc. we like to highlight a few important pieces to focus on when fitting a hockey helmet. Most notably- proper fit, protection level and life span.
Proper fit: A proper fitting helmet should fit snugly on the player’s head. Any sign of a helmet rattling around, or fitting too loosely can be a major issue. Hockey players can take a variety of impacts, and a helmet that does not sit tightly on the head can lead to a variety of dangerous scenarios. Mainly, the helmet being dislodged from the player completely.
One of the commonly overlooked aspects of fitting a helmet, is how the cage fits onto the helmet itself. Many helmets are sold in “combo” form, with a cage already attached, but it is important to know that sometimes cage size and helmet size are not always consistent with each other. That is why we recommend buying the cage and helmet separately, to ensure the absolute best fit. The cage should sit right on the player’s chin, and should be firmly locked into the “J-Clips” on the side of the helmet. This ensures that the cage will not be driven into the players chin upon impact- which is a common factor in concussions.
Protection Level: Hockey hits come in all types, sizes and intensities. Often times, it is not necessarily the biggest hit on the ice that causes injury, but the most “awkward” hits. Different types of protection levels are essential in preventing concussions. Most helmets on the market help to protect against linear or direct impacts to the head. The difference between the cheaper and more expensive helmets though, is the quality of the foam used within the helmet. The best type of foam to look for is layered EPP or Poron. Most helmets in the $120+ range contain these materials. Low-end helmets often contain one layer of standard VN foam, which loses protective capability over time as it hardens.
The one aspect that differentiates the BEST helmets, from the lower-end helmets, is a helmets protection level against rotational impacts. Most helmets can withstand a linear or direct impact, and can sufficiently protect the player, but the rotational impacts typically have a more devastating impact on a players head. There are numerous helmets on the market that take this into account- most notably the Bauer Re-Akt series and the CCM 3DS series. These technologies help the head move independent of the helmet, so the awkward angle impacts, which cause the head to snap around with the helmet are mitigated.
Life Span: Another critical and overlooked area in preventing concussions, is paying attention to the “life span” of a helmet. Routinely, a player can wear the same size helmet for years and years. A lot of times, a youth hockey player can stay in that same size helmet until adulthood. Just like anything that gets worn down over time, a completely. The important piece to look at, is the foam within the helmet. The foam is designed to take repeated impacts, but over time as the impacts increase, and sweat is absorbed and dried out into the material- the foam hardens. As the player takes an impact, this hardened foam is driving into the head, which can cause major head trauma. At Sports Etc. we suggest changing out your helmet every 3 years. hockey helmet needs to be re-examined and at times replaced
The Top 3 Hockey Helmets that Sports Etc. Recommends:
While it may seem great hockey players were born with performance hockey skates on their feet it actually isn’t true. Nearly everyone starts their road to hockey greatness with something far simpler. One of the best products we’ve found for first time ice skaters is the adjustable ice skate from Bladerunner/Rollerblade
These affordable ice skates work well for young skaters on a couple of levels-
- They are comfortable, supportive and easy to secure utilizing a lace/strap/buckle system. This ensures both the skater and parent have a positive, pain-free, frustration-free first experience on the ice
- The unique adjustable sizing feature allows the skate to “grow” with the skaters up to 3 full sizes! This eliminates the idea of “buyer’s remorse” and “sticker shock” that folks sometimes associate with ice skating and hockey
Now these skates aren’t designed for hockey or figure skating but rather introductory skating lessons and skating for fun. That said, they are the perfect first step towards hockey greatness…or for kids who just want to skate for the fun of it
Also Available In Rollerblade Skates!