Hockey season has begun and the beginner player in your family has already taken to the rink. However, he or she, or the coach, has maybe noticed some holes in his or her game and has pinpointed how to improve. Maybe passes are a little off or the shot could use some work. Finding a hockey-related Christmas gift can be difficult, but we are here to help you make Christmas morning a memorable one.
It’s time to find that hockey-related Christmas gift right now! Check out our selections below for the beginner who is ready to take his or her game to the next level.
We can’t rave about the SuperDeker enough. Not only is it a great tool to learn how to stickhandle properly, but it’s an interactive game that forces you to improve your speed!
The SuperDeker will provide your beginner hockey player, as well as anyone else in your household, hours of entertainment. Keep track of your time and try to beat it. Take on others and get a challenging — yet fun — competition started.
Finding rink time to work on skating is as much a chore as finding the right size skates for your young player. It’s important to work on these skills as much as possible. That’s why players need to work on skating even at home; but how is that possible?
Sure, the young or beginning player can pick up plenty of tricks with strapping on the roller blades, but the general sliding and skidding of steel on ice can usually only be matched with the real thing. However, our xSlideboards provide you with this feel, helping players improve reaction time, on-a-dime stopping ability and acceleration.
Floorball may seem like just a game, but it actually helps develop hand speed and coordination. Simply stickhandling, shooting and passing with floorball adds elements to a player’s game that can only be matched with on-ice play.
The beauty of floorball is the ability to play it virtually anywhere. Just grab the sticks and the ball and go! It will keep the young ones entertained while working vital skills for on-the-ice play.
xHockeyProducts offers our own version of the floorball stick, which features an exclusive XHP grip for excellent handling. The xBlade enhances ball control and stickhandling development.
XHP also carries multiple other floorball equipment, so make sure to check out our floorball section to make sure you’re ready for this fun and skill-enhancing game.
Hockey Goals and Tarps
Although the images of a young Sidney Crosby shooting pucks at old dryers seems like a great memory for kids, it can wreak havoc on the mindset of parents. Give them something to shoot at that they will become accustomed to on the rink!
There are plenty of options for goals. You should consider what is important to you and the person you are buying for — is storage space an issue? Check out our EZ Goal Pro Folding Hockey Goal. Does the player want what the pros shoot at? There’s always the Arena Edition Hockey Goal (pictured right). Is your new player a mighty mite? Consider our Mini-Mite Portable Hockey Goal.
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.
Finding a place to develop shooting, passing and stickhandling in one place — that isn’t an ice rink — can be difficult. The EZ Puck One-Time XL Combo does just this for players of any level!
Combining an XHP shooting pad with the EZ Puck One-Timer Passer, the XL Combo allows players to train the core aspects of the game anywhere, anytime. The shooting pad gives an on-ice feel, allowing for the same mechanics for stickhandling, shooting and passing whether on skates at the rink or at home in socks. The EZ Puck One-Timer Passer sends the puck back to the player, creating a makeshift teammate for the player!
This will provide hours of entertaining, too. What new player doesn’t want to spend hours working these attributes of their game?
Although it’s not what every player thinks about when taking to the rink, passing is just as vital a skill as shooting. That’s why it’s important to hone this skill at an early age.
One of the best training aids on the market, the xPasser is a portable passing teammate. All the player does is slide the puck toward the xPasser, and the spring-like effect of the aid sends the puck right back to the player’s blade. This tool helps players make smarter passes (since a good pass to the xPasser will send it right back in the same way to the player), and it helps in pass reception — an underrated attribute. The player’s vision and dexterity are vastly improved when spending multitudes of time with the xPasser.
The essentials for any hockey player’s training regime are at the core of the game: a stick and balls or pucks. In order for your new player to hone his or her skills, you need to supply him or her with the type of ball or puck that can handle the surface that is being used.
These are great gifts for the beginner and can even fit in his or her stocking!
There are plenty of options to choose from, but the xStickhandling Hockey Package allows you to sample them all! You can try the FlyPucks, Hockey Vision, Smart Hockey and xBalls to truly up your stickhandling and passing game.
After shooting and passing, there is another important aspect of the game that players will need to grow comfortable with – stickhandling. The xDeviator is a tool used by beginners, veterans and pros of the game. It helps players work through obstacles with the puck, creating in-game obstacles like a defender’s stick or skates.
The xDeviator provides hours of training and entertainment, and is available in a mini version, a full version, and a single-bridge version (as seen used by the Sedins in the video above). Players can use it for enhanced stickhandling drills, or simply for trying out the move they saw their favorite NHL player pull off.
For a young player just getting into the game, he or she may not remember where everything goes when they are dressing out in the locker room. Why not help them stay organized and remember where everything goes?
Grit bags are more than just your run-of-the-mill hockey bags. With compartments throughout and a ventilated backing to keep gear fresh, the Grit Youth Tower Bags are everything a young player could need. They stand tall, like a locker, when the player is changing and the shelves are adjustable to fit players of every size.
The bag is also on wheels, meaning that you don’t need to lug the pads for the player any longer — it’s the player’s responsibility now!
Learn more about Grit bags and their enormous perks here.
Feature photo courtesy JBMONCO | Flickr
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