Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Who's Going to Win the 2010-2011 Stanley Cup?

You know what's the best part about Spring? Yes, that's right--the NHL playoffs. The Vancouver Canucks are leading the league in points. It's a tight race out West for the final four spots, with multiple teams separated by 2-3 points or less. It's going to come down to the wire.

Will Vancouver make it all the way? I don't know. But what I do know is that this year's team is playing with such amazing team chemistry, it looks like their odds are good to go deep. What's your favourite team? Who do you think can go all the way?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

How to Buy Ice Hockey Equipment

If you're just starting out ice hockey, you're going to need equipement. Depending on your budget, there are a tonne of ways to buy equipment. You can find used stuff on Craigslist or Kijiji, but personally I don't want to use sweat-stained stuff from other people. It's gross, and can be filled with harmful bacteria.

Where did I buy my stuff? I went to Sport Chek, got an associate to help me, and he had a handy checklist for what I needed. I ended up buying:
  • hockey pants
  • shin guards
  • upper body armour
  • elbow pads
  • gloves
  • Bauer stick
  • hockey socks
  • neck guard
  • mouth guard
  • jock
  • hockey leggings
  • Under Armour top
  • two jerseys (one white, one black)
  • Bauer XV skates
  • helmet
Yes, it did all add up but investing in decent equipment that will last years will pay off. I got my hockey bag from Costco, and it was one of those new ones that can roll. Hey, there's no need to suffer by carrying heavy equipment!

Where did you buy your ice hockey gear?

Sunday, February 13, 2011

What is the Best Hockey Stick for New Players?

Finding a hockey stick can be easy. Just visit any sports store, and get one within your price range. If only it could be that easy! There are just way too many choices out there. Nike, Bauer, Easton...the list goes on. It can be overwhelming.

What's the best way to find a stick for new players? Get out there and try sticks. I've played hockey lots before, but the game is a bit different when you're on ice and playing with a puck.

Some stores that carry a large selection of sticks are the chain stores, like SportChek or Canadian Tire. Be sure to support some of your local hockey stores as you can find some real gems there too.

So, the question I'm out to ask you is: what is the best stick you can get for under $100, that is lightweight, durable, and looks good? We're trying to find out, and when we do, we'll get back to you with a full review.