The Art of Hockey Skates



With every hockey season that begins, there is a parent or two that think "What the **** did I just get myself into!" Been there! Some days when I think about having to take two younger kids to the arena on a week night that same phrase runs through my head. One of the biggest struggles for me was skates. I didn't grow up with hockey, and normally it was their dads job to tie the skates. Surprise it was time for me to learn. How do you know if there too tight, if they should be tighter, or even if they have the right size skate. Here are just a couple tips to try and things to avoid. 

Good tips:

  • Typically skates run 1-1.5 sizes smaller than their street shoes, if you question it run into a skate shop and have them try a size on even if you don't buy them at that store.
  • Practice tying the skates at home. If needed there is a skate tying tool you can purchase.
  • To know that you have the skates tied tight, have them bend their knees and into a squat, you should be able to stick your finger into the back of the skate
  • When buying laces, you want them long enough to tie a comfortable bow but not wrap around the boot.

Things to avoid:
  • Wear skate socks that are thin not thick. Thick socks can cause blisters and make their skates fit poorly.
  • Yes, second hand skates are cheaper, but they have already been molded to someone else’s foot and could cause issues down the road.
  • If you have a first time skater, their feet might be very sore after practicing. Their feet are becoming accustomed to the challenge of hockey. If you have taking the proper steps on finding the right skates, do not assume that it is the skates. They will need to be broken in.

I hope that this can save a couple new hockey parents some time and sleep. Good Luck!

As always please send me topics you would like covered, questions you want answers to, or if you have great information I can share on this page. 

1 comment

  • Chad Stone

    Another “thing to avoid”….resist the urge to buy skates a little big, so your skater can “grow into them”. Skates that are too big are super-hard to skate in! You are seriously handicapping your skaters chances for improving if you put them in skates that are too big.

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