Saturday, April 11, 2009

Hockey Equipment - How To Protect Hockey Gear

Ok, this post will be a short one focusing on protecting your hockey equipment. Hockey gear is the number one thing you need in order to play hockey right? Well you can't play hockey or at the very least, play it well, if your gear is damaged and not taken care of. So, you have to know how to protect hockey gear from common elements.

If you are playing outdoor hockey or street hockey, make sure you take off your wheels and clean the bearings. Your bearings will get all kinds of crap stuck to them when playing outside. This stuff stuck to the bearings will cause your wheels to rotate slower, which in turn will decrease your overall skating speed and control.

Never play hockey in the rain, this will ruin all of your equipment and gear. Plus, playing in the rain is difficult to skate it. The rink may get puddles and you will be slipping and sliding all over the place. It makes skating frustrating. Wait until it dries up before playing.

Another thing people do to protect their hockey sticks, is that they put tape around the blade. Ice hockey players do this, street hockey players should not. The reason is, the tape causes friction when rubbing against the ground and your stick will literally stick to the cement or court surface and drag. This is awful for stick handling. The tape on the blade will eventually rip anyways.

Well that was some short, but good advice on how to protect hockey gear. Remember, it is important to take good care of your hockey equipment.

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