So the first-time player in your household has started the season, and maybe he or she hit a growth spurt. Maybe he or she has taken off already, and you’re looking for something to bring his or her game to the next level. Any way you slice it, you need to find gifts for the beginner hockey player and you can’t seem to put your finger on exactly what they need.
Make sure to check out all of our buying guide. Soon, we’ll have a post for the intermediate-level hockey player, in case you have a few of those in your life, as well.
If your starting player needs new shin guards, pants, gloves … well, you get the idea … the Winnwell Youth Starter Kit can fill all those needs in one buy. It’s perfect for the youngster getting in the game and needing everything. It includes a carry bag, as well, so your mite can easily bring his or her equipment into the rink.
At just $123.99, this is a steal for parents looking to either acquire first-time equipment or replace old gear.
Bauer has a solid line of equipment dedicated to the newer player (whether a youngster or an adult). NSX and NS gear come in at a very reasonable price, offering great protection and excellent mobility for the learning player.
It’s imperative for newer players to instantly feel some comfort when hitting the ice, and great features, such as a tapered fit for gear and injected composite weave quarter package for skates, are inexpensive in this series. Whether needing shoulder pads, gloves or skates for your beginner, the NSX and NS lines are some of the best you’ll find for beginning equipment.
A solid stick at a great price, the CCM Tacks stick is made with the youth player in mind. It provides a stiff feel, while remaining lightweight, getting your young player ready for the rigors of the game. At $49.99, the Tacks stick is great for all levels of youth player, providing him or her with a durable stick that includes a slight deadening layer in the blade. This teaches the proper technique to receive and sauce passes from short or long range.
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.
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.
xPassers are a staple of xHockeyProducts and help us explain why we do what we do: help players become better athletes on and off the ice. They enhance vision, precision and creativity. They are durable and are relied upon by coaches across the world.
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 — are they purely working on shooting? Do they miss the net a lot? Check out our EZ Goal with Backstop Rebounder & Targets. 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 xGoalie Shooter Tutor 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.
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 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?
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.
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!
Stay tuned for more in our gift-buying series!
Also, don’t forget to check out our Ultimate Gifts!
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