We’ve already gone over the gifts you can buy for beginners in our sport, but what about those young players that have skated for awhile, scored some goals in their time and need just a little bump to be even greater? Finding hockey gifts doesn’t have to be difficult.
This buying guide will help you decide just what your intermediate-level hockey player needs this season. Improve their play with the perfect hockey gift — or hockey gifts — to up their game next time they take the ice.
The xPasser 2.0 is something we feel anyone of any skill level could use (as you saw in our beginners post). It’s a tool that works quick hands, coordination and reaction to incoming passes — three extremely important skills on the rink. It’s a tool that can be used on the ice and off it. It’s a teammate that the player can have by his or her side at all times.
Coaches have even found it has a second use: it functions as a larger obstacle than a cone.
The xPasser is also available in a one-sided version (xPasser 1.0).
Finding the time to work on skating is always an issue for hockey players. You can’t find ice time that works into your schedule and, especially during the week, life gets in the way of driving to and from the closest ice rink. For some people, a rink simply isn’t close enough to go to on a daily basis.
The xTiles Slideboard fixes this dilemma.
Simply place the Slideboard on the floor, strap on the xSlideboard Booties and go to work. One of our favorite hockey gifts, the xSlideboard allows players to develop quicker feet and improved endurance from their home.
Another beauty with the xSlideboard is the ability to adjust it from 4 feet to 10 feet, helping produce longer strides and allowing players to continue to use it as they grow.
Kids, and even some adults, always want to use their favorite stick when they play street or inline hockey. However, as someone who went through wood stick after wood stick growing up, I can’t even begin to tell you how harmful this is to those $150 composite sticks.
Luckily, there is a solution.
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!
The plastic wraps surround the blade, but do not cover the center, leaving it open for an on-ice feel when the player handles, shoots and passes the puck. This durable plastic tapers to fit any model stick and is extremely lightweight (weighing in around 39 grams).
Think about this, parents: for $29.95, you are prolonging a stick’s life, meaning you’ll be spending less throughout the years!
Outside of skates, pads and a stick, what’s the one thing a player needs? Something to hold everything in, of course! At xHockeyProducts, we have a great selection of bags to choose from. Some players prefer the wheel bags for easy mobility, while others prefer to carry their bags along their shoulder(s). Wheeled, backpack and over-the-shoulder bags are yours for the choosing.
If you do plan for this to be one of your hockey gifts for the player in your life, we recommend talking with them (or their parents/guardians) about what they would prefer. Of course, if you buy from xHockeyProducts, we do offer free return shipping, but this will help make that surprise extra special when they open their new bag!
Wheeled bag: GRIT Flex Hockey Tower Bag — excellent size that works like a locker. Store items throughout the bag without bunching and it is insulated for cleaner equipment. Can function as a carry bag, as well.
Backpack bag: CCM 290 Player Wheeled Hockey Backpack — A carry handle allows it to function as a wheel bag, too. Comfort straps on back and multiple compartments to keep equipment separate.
Carry bag: Bauer S14 Core Wheel Hockey Bag — Doubles as a wheel bag and carries over-the-shoulder in a comfortable fashion. Large zipper across the top for easy access into the main compartment.
As players progress in their hockey careers, they learn to shoot for corners and posts in warmups and practice. This is an age-old ritual that current professionals use to this day.
However, players need to prepare themselves to shoot for every area in the net. Sometimes, a goalie is down and out and each post is covered by defensemen. The player with the puck will elect to shoot for just under the top bar. Although shooting for corners in practice will prepare for accuracy in this 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 victorious.
Each pack comes complete with three xTargets that can be placed anywhere along the top bar.
Although the xTiles Slideboard will allow you to work on your skating from anywhere, the Trion Skate Weight allows you to work on your strides on the rink to improve your speed and leg strength. These weights anchor onto your skates and force you to pump your legs more when practicing or hitting the rink for a free skate.
The Trion Skate Weight features three separate weights to allow for multiple loads, allowing the player to choose how much weight he or she can handle. The assembly is simple, too, as no tools are required to attach to the skates.
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