All month long, we’ve been sharing with you ideas for the hockey player in your life. Finding the top hockey gifts is no easy task, but we strive to help you out in this area as much as we can.
In order to really help you along in your shopping, the brains behind xHockeyProducts have combined to bring you their top-5 choices for the hottest Christmas gifts this season. This team consists of myself, along with former NHLers Jamie Rivers, Bryce Salvador and Peter Ing.
In no particular order, here are the top-5 picks by each xHockeyProducts guru:
Jeff Ponder – xHockeyProducts Author
Played hockey since grade school | Former high school hockey coach | Former reporter / media member for St. Louis Blues
As someone who went through wood stick after wood stick growing up playing street hockey, I can’t even begin to tell you how harmful using top-quality sticks on concrete can be. You are pretty much throwing $150 down the drain if composite sticks are being used on anything but ice or roller tile!
The creators of Hockey WrapAround ICE have been through the motions themselves; street hockey, whether for entertainment or off-ice training, can be hazardous to a player’s favorite stick. WrapAround actually wraps the blade of the stick, making it playable on any surface!
Shooting tarps are a vital accessory because it teaches new players to pick corners and find holes. Accompany your net with one of our tarps for true skill training from the git go. Check out our Ultimate Goalie tarp for a basic view of a goaltender, or try our Rick-O-Shay Goal Blocker, which creates a bounce-back effect that mirrors rebounds off an actual netminder.
If you want a gift that truly lasts forever, it’s an autographed puck, jersey or photo from a current or retired NHL player. After all, we play the game because we are marveled by the heroes we watched growing up.
These comfortable and moisture-resistant high-density, polyethylene plastic chairs are made from 95 percent recycled materials.They look great on any patio, deck or inside. These are 100 percent approved for man cave and bachelor pad use!
Choose from all 30 NHL teams and start relaxing in your team’s style.
Maybe you know you want a hockey-related gift, but you don’t know exactly what that person needs. No problem; get them an xHockeyProducts gift card, redeemable in-store or online!
Whenever my family has trouble finding me something hockey related that I don’t already own, they know the best option is a gift card.
Jamie Rivers – xHockeyProducts Hockey Trainer
Played parts of 11 NHL seasons | Former CHL head coach and general manager | Scored 121 points as a defenseman in 1993-94 for OHL Sudbury
One of the leading manufacturers in nets, EZ Goal provides you with everything you would imagine in the product title. It’s easy setup, easy storage and easy on your windows and cars!
We all shoot errant pucks from time to time. The EZ Goal with Hockey Rebounder and Targets stop pucks from breaking valuables, while also providing shooting targets for the player.
A vital part to a player of any playing level is understanding proper stickhandling techniques and keeping his or her head up. The xDeviator is the perfect tool for this aspect of the game, creating a physical obstacle for players to work through. It allows for speeds of all kinds, forcing players to want to work faster on each attempt.
It comes highly recommended as I use it in my own training programs.
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.
As players began using these pucks off the ice and on synthetic ice, goalies noticed how difficult the puck is 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.
Test your eye, reflexes and overall stickhandling ability every time you strap on the skates. These pucks can be purchased one at a time, as well.
Although shooting for corners in practice will prepare for accuracy in any situation, providing the player with the opportunity to hit a target in any spot will better train his or her eye to find the open area and finish the play with a goal.
xTargets are moveable and provide the player/coach with sound feedback when they are hit. They’re a perfect shooting training tool.
The xPuck Passer Pro is hockey’s answer to the batting cage. The machine holds up to 18 pucks at a time and rockets swift passes to the player at different speeds (selected by the user). This is the ultimate assistant in improving one timers, as well as receiving passes.
The xPuck Passer Pro is your portable teammate that truly makes you a threat in the offensive zone.
Bryce Salvador – xHockeyProducts Chairman
Played 13 NHL seasons | Captain of the New Jersey Devils for three seasons | xHockeyProducts co-founder
The SuperDeker has received rave reviews for its ability to train the eye to react at a faster rate. This is a perfect training tool for hockey players of all ages for this reason, and it also makes for hours of entertainment and healthy competition with oneself, as well as others.
Read more about why the SuperDeker is taking the hockey world by storm.
I can’t stress enough the importance of the xPasser in any player’s development (and that spans from beginners to pros). The xPasser is designed to accept a pass from the player, then return it in the same fashion (speed and consistency).
The xPasser 2.0 allows for multiple players to use it at a time, making it a must-have training aid for teams, facilities and players themselves.
Gretzky floor hockey and floorball sticks are made from 100 percent composite fiberglass, allowing you to use the sticks as you would with your ice sticks because you can trust they can handle the rigors of the game. They are great for training purposes, as well as providing hours of entertainment.
We are the exclusive retailer for the Gretzky Floorball series and are proud to partner with The Great One himself.
Although there are plenty of options to get an on-ice feel, the best option for ice (without actually having ice) is xSynthetic Ice, exclusively sold at xHockeyProducts. Available in different sizes and cost points (with certain features added as the price increases), xSynthetic Ice is a perfect addition to your home training center, or just a nice addition to any backyard or basement.
xSynthetic can be used outdoors or indoors.
Not looking for synthetic ice? Give our xTiles a shot. It’s great for inline skating, but, more importantly, it will help you stickhandle, shoot and pass like you are on the ice. Its puzzle-like fit makes for easy assembly and there’s never a worry it will come apart.
It’s lightweight, making for cheaper shipping, and easy for transportation around the house or facility. They are quiet, so your hockey player can play through the night without keeping you, or the neighbors, up all night.
Peter Ing – xHockeyProducts President
Played parts of 4 NHL seasons | Posted a miraculous 30-7-1 record in 1987-88 with OHL Windsor | xHockeyProducts co-founder
The slideboard that is the rave of the goalie world is the xCrease 2.0 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.
Rollerfly has revolutionized the long-time issue of ice goalies not being able to slide in roller hockey or when playing on any other surface.
State-of-the-art plates with mini ball bearings inside can be strapped to virtually any goalie’s leg pads, providing him or her with the ability to glide in the butterfly as they would on the ice. Each package comes with a four-piece set to be strapped on the inside of each knee and calf area.
Rollerfly comes in a variety of colors to match any pads’ design.
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. No need to buy new pads every time you want or need a style change.
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!
Much like the xPasser 1.0 and xPasser 2.0, the Give-n-Go returns passes to players with slickness and consistency. Natural rubber bumpers on each side rebounds pucks flat with natural and predictable action.
Whether wanting to work on forehand or backhand passing, the xPasser Give-N-Go is a top item for those looking to improve their game this holiday season.
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