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How to choose,buy the proper fitting hockey skates for ice hockey

By Edited May 22, 2016 0 2

If you want to play ice hockey or already play hockey. You need to make sure you have the correct hockey skates. You also need to make sure the skates fit properly.

Things You Will Need

The first thing you need to do if you are serious about playing ice hockey is have the proper fitting ice skates. Inexpensive skates are ok but to skate and play ice hockey you need good hockey skates. The expensive brands CCM, Bauer, Graf all have upper end hockey skates. The skates need to have stainless steal blades not composite blades. The higher priced skates are made with better materials and mold to your foot and will provide better ankle support.

Step 1

Hockey Skates
Make sure to sharpen your skate blades after you purchase them. Most hockey stores will sharpen them for free when you purchase the skates. Get a regular cut on the blades if your just starting out. The size of the skates should be about 1 size smaller then your shoe size. It is a mistake to buy hockey skates that are to big. Your toes should just be able to wiggle and they should fit snuggly around your ankles. The skates should not be loose. When you lace up the skates there should be about 1 to 2 inches width across the laces. You can also get some extra padding to put under the tongue to help prevent skate bite.

Step 2

You should buy your hockey skates from a store that knows how to fit the skates to your foot. They should have a heat machine that will mold the skate to your foot. You will need to walk around your home (on carpet) for 20 or 30 minutes to get your feet use to the skates. Once your skates feel good on your feet you should be able to place 2 fingers down the back of the skates,this will allow your ankles to move properly when you skate. It is wrong to tie your laces around your ankles. You should not apply tape around the outside of the skates and your ankles. There is no such thing as weak ankles. Cheap hockey skates do not support the ankles.

Tips & Warnings



Aug 12, 2010 10:10pm
"Your toes should just be able to wiggle and they should fit snuggly around your ankles."

That would certainly make for snug fitting boot lol

I appreciate your advice. Skate sizing is very particular and is changing. I have been able to buy 8D in a Bauer skate for 20 years. When I was sized last week, the store recommended 9.5, based on their Bauer scale. The only advice I have is take your time and make sure the store is willing to take your skates back after wearing them at home. Some stores will even heat mold them and still take them back so long as you don't try them on ice.
Sep 28, 2010 7:42pm
Amazing article that I have greatly benefited from...I will definitely recommend this to anybody that is in need of the information.
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