You know me, always with the big boy toys. Mind you, they tend to be practical rather than superfluous! No different here. Hockey toys. All of em from www.hockeyshot.ca
First up, a hockey net. Not just any net but a foldable net. 2 inch pipes, regulation size, full net mesh and hecka solid. The beauty of it all is that it folds up to about 4 inches wide. I can set it up in about 30 seconds, alone and then store against the wall in the garage and it takes up as much space as a shovel. Best part, about 100$ and the quality of a 400$ net. Great. And yes, it does come with the corner pockets. Great for target practice. I need more pucks though!
Next up, a shooting pad. You’ve probably seen these before. A white plastic pad to take shots on as it mimics ice surface. Well, I saw one that was 2 feet by 4 and really, all you can do is shoot on it. I wanted something to practice stickhandling, so I opted for the larger size. 4 feet by 8 feet. Yes, that big. I can use a stick (minus tape on the bottom), regular pucks and the thing slides great. A stick with tape drags a bit much though. I need to practice with a slightly smaller stick as well, since on skates I’m a good 3 inches higher off the ground. Still trying to figure that part out. The good news is it works great. Bad news is that my arms are not made for stickhandling. After 15 minutes, my left arm was dead.
Lastly, I picked up some stickhandling toys. First, Sweedish Wooden Balls. Stop laughing. They were like 3$. They are lighter, so I use them for quick movements and repetitions. 2-3 minutes of it before a game warms up the arms. Second, I picked up a Green Biscuit. These things are wicked. A tad lighter than a regular puck but they work on cement and don’t stick. They glide like crazy on the shooting mat and exagerate any stickhandling you do, so you have to be more careful with your hands. Looking forward to trying it out in the spring/summer outside. For now, the mat will do!
So far, really happy with the purchases. I’ll try and get 15-30 minutes a day on it and see what happens. I know it will help my hands out, we’ll just have to see how much.