Goalies are of a different breed. They would be first to tell you that their quirky behaviors do not match that of their teammates. That’s why it is increasing difficult to find the correct gifts for goalies.
At xHockeyProducts, though, one of our fearless leaders is former Toronto Maple Leafs netminder, Peter Ing. His knowledge of the game, as well as his personal experiences through the rigors of the position, make him the go-to guy for what goalies would want this holiday season.
Check out these options for the goaltender in your life of whom you can’t seem to find the perfect present.
Learning and progressing in the goaltending position is the same as everything else in life: you need to watch professionals work on their trade and you need to go out and try the same techniques.
The ProHybrid Goaltending System teaches goaltenders, whether rookies or veterans, save execution, puck handling, position concepts and much more. It’s an interactive way for the goaltender in your life to improve upon what he or she has already learned.
Ask any goalie: what is their best friend? The post, of course.
Help your goalie friend or family member work on his or her angles whenever free time arises. Every net is built to last, whether your goalie’s play is mostly indoors or outdoors.
Our goal collection fits all of the needs you desire, too. If you need an easy-storage net due to space obligations or if you need something with a backstop (because those shooters just can’t seem to get it on target), xHockeyProducts carries nets with backstop rebounders.
Hockey Vision pucks were originally created to help skaters learn the finer points of stickhandling.
The three levels of training that come with the Hockey Vision pucks are separated by the black area of the puck. It starts with a larger black area, seeming more like a standard puck. The second level shrinks the black area and the third level is almost all white with a black dot in the middle. This is designed to teach the player’s eye to stay out of the equation when stickhandling, and forces him or her to feel the puck, which will cut down on puck-watching.
However, as players began using these pucks off the ice and on synthetic ice, goalies noticed how difficult the puck would be to stop. As you can see, Hockey Vision pucks not only feature the black area on top, but also on the sides. This makes it a multi-functional tool for training both skaters and netminders.
Goalies are trained to watch the puck fly off the stick and feel it hit their pads, rather than finding the puck mid-shot and watching it into their glove or leg pads.
Hockey Vision pucks are also available for purchase at each training level, allowing you to pick between one, two or three of these when selecting multiple gifts for goalies.
Even the youngest of goalies has probably heard of Pad Wrap; they’ve just never gone out and found it for themselves.
This year, bring it to them. Pad Wrap is an innovative technology that makes old pads look brand new again by serving as an all-in-one solution to changing the color and overall look of the goalie’s gear.
There have been some amazing renovations to pads over the years, including the image below.
Also an excellent option as a stocking stuffer for a netminder, the goalie reaction ball takes training to a new level. There’s nothing more important to a goalie than hand-eye coordination and working on quick movements; this reaction ball works both of these attributes at the same time.
All the goalie has to do is attach the ball to his or her belt or wrist and throw it. The goalie then tracks the ball into his or her hand, glove or body. Inertia plays a major factor here, as the faster the player throws the ball, the quicker it will return. Reaction time is continuously tested and improved with repetition!
Along the same lines as the Goalie Reaction Ball, the Blocker Sleeve allows goalies to work on his or her hand-eye coordination, as well as reaction time.
Every goalie has worked on catching the ball after bouncing it off a nearby wall. The Blocker Sleeve takes this to a whole new level, as the ball bounces from the opposing object and back to the goaltender. The goalie then uses his or her blocker to catch the ball, rather than a bare hand. This is a more fluid motion that a goalie is used to on the ice, allowing for more real-game training, even in the outdoors or inside the house.
You have plenty of options here.
However, we can’t recommend enough the Grit GT3 Sumo Goalie Hockey Tower Bag. Standing as a locker in front of the goalie as he or she is changing, this Grit bag ventilates as it stands (the back panels allow moisture to wick away in between games), while the wheels make for easy transport. Interior shelves line the bag, allowing for proper storage and the ability to spot gear without digging through everything to find exactly what is needed.
It also has an extremely handy pull handle that retracts when not in use. This allows for proper room between the player and the bag when dragging behind to enter or exit the rink.
If you’ve ever played goalie during an inline game or in the street, you know how difficult the position is without the sliding ease of the ice underneath you. In fact, there’s no sliding at all!
This is largely the reason most ice hockey goaltenders do not enjoy playing inline. It’s like an entirely new position to them, as all of their techniques when in the butterfly position have to be completely abandoned.
Rollerfly is ideal for netminders who are passionate about training off the ice, or if the goalie is considering a move to roller hockey.
Especially if you are an inline skater who can’t convince your ice hockey goalie to switch to roller, this is one of the best gifts for goalies. The excuses to switch over are no more!
As already stated, finding gifts for goalies is a difficult task. However, giving them an on-ice substitute is truly the gift that will keep giving. After all, goalies would live on the ice if they had their way.
Arguably the most important aspect in a goalie’s game is his or her speed — save recovery, from butterfly to standing, side-to-side, etc. If a goalie is quick in his or her crease, great things will come for his or her team. Goalie slideboards help develop speed in every facet.
You have different options here. The XHP Advanced Goalie Slideboard is equipped to help netminders work on their side-to-side movements, building leg strength, endurance and speed in the process. It’s cost is more affordable than other options, making it a great tool for beginner-to-intermediate players.
The slideboard that is the rave of the goalie world is the xCrease Goalie Slideboard. This product features an NHL-scale crease, allowing goaltenders to slide from post to the top of the crease, middle of the net to the far side of the crease and more. Purchase of this item includes access to 64 different training videos to help goalies learn the best way to utilize this slideboard.
Of course, when getting any slideboard, you want to ensure that the players’ leg pads are safe from wear and tear. We recommend the Goalie Leg Pad Sleeves, which fit over any goalie leg pads and keeps them fresh for games, as well as the XHP Slideboard Booties (both are included with the xCrease Goalie Slideboard Package).
Goalies will always tell you they could be better between the pipes. Give them that opportunity this holiday season.
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