Best Christmas Presents for Hockey Players 2011

For an updated list please see our 2014 edition of the best gifts for hockey players

Last year I wrote a guide for buying Christmas gifts for hockey players and it got a great response from our visitors. I thought I would update the list this year with some more cool Christmas gift ideas for hockey players. Here it is in no particular order

A hockey Shooting Pad

When I was a kid (about 13) I saved up $50 to buy a tiny piece of fake ice. I loved it and shot off of it almost every day. A hockey shooting pad will help your hockey player improve their stickhandling and shooting BIG TIME. The one I bought was tiny, but I used it for about 5 years until it got misplaced. These things are great and last forever, every hockey player should have one!

Where to buy a hockey shooting pad: Hockey Shot has a great variety of sizes and varieties (roll-up, pads, tiles, etc) Visit this page to shop. Use our coupon code   HOWHCKY001     to save $10 on orders over $100

back yard rinkAn Outdoor Rink

If you live in the colder regions of the world an outdoor hockey rink is the place to be in the winter. As a hockey player I spent quite a bit of time on our pond, I don’t know what I would have done in the winter without a place to play puck! (probably gone crazy) If you want to build your own rink you can use a rink kit, but you should probably order it right now and get started on building (early Christmas present)

Where to buy: If you want to make it really easy you can buy a backyard rink building kit from HockeyShot.com, they have a 20 x 40 which is a good starter rink for kids. If you’re looking for something bigger browse Nicerink.com, they can put together any size rink you need!

 Build your own: Here is a list of tips for building a backyard rink

 

A Green Biscuit

This is by far my favourite puck to use off the ice. I am VERY skeptical when it comes to hockey training aids and I thought this would be a huge gimmick and waste of money, but when I tried it for the first time I LOVED it. This thing slides like a dream on cement, no other off ice puck comes close to it. If you have a hockey player that likes to practice at home grab a few of these for them. Pro tip: If you order just one the shipping is almost as much as the puck, order a 4 or more and give them as a package. That way the player has extra in case they lose or break one.

Where to Buy: You can order these on this page of Hockey Shot. Use our coupon code     HOWHCKY001    to save $10 on orders over $100

A new Hockey Stick

I always loved getting a new twig for Christmas (my mom would hide it under the couch so I didn’t know I was getting a stick), I would imagine all the goals I would score with it, take my time putting on the perfect tape job, and then practice my dangles and shooting for a few days before I could use it on the ice. You can get some good deals for hockey sticks online

Where to buy: I have seen some really good deals on Hockey Monkey, check their clearance section for 50% or more off hockey gear

Rock’em Sock’em Hockey (Don Cherry Hockey)

Since I can remember I have gotten this video for Christmas, it has all the best hits, best goals, best plays and best saves from the previous season. This is like a new playbook every year, I would watch the movie over and over and practice the new goals and moves on my outdoor rink. I remember inviting my friends over on new years and we would all watch Rock’em Sock’em and then play some late night hockey (with the lights on our rink)

Where to buy:
The video above is Rock’em Sock’em 22, the newest version is Rock’em Sock’em Vol. 23 (amazon.ca link)

NHL 12 Video Game

When I was a kid I was playing Blades of Steel for Nintendo, or going to my friends house to play NHL 94 for Super Nintendo, needles to say the graphics are a lot better today but I think I have just as much fun playing NHL 12 as I did with NHL 94. If you hockey player is into video games you can always grab the newest hockey video game, I have it and it is a lot of fun!

Where to buy: You can get it here for XBOX 360 and here for PS3

nhl ticketsTickets to a Hockey Game

If you are looking for some good bonding time with your hockey fan then nothing beats going to a game with them. If you can’t afford NHL tickets you could always look for other semi-pro teams in your area, even a Junior A game will be exciting and a good time out with your favourite hockey player. In most areas NHL tickets are fairly affordable so take a look, the hockey player on your list will love you for it!

Where to buy: Ticketmaster.com is always a good place to look for pro sports, and semi pro hockey tickets.

A Hockey Net

EZ goal hockey net reviewIf your kid plays hockey, and does not have a net THEY NEED ONE. Also if their net is held together with duct tape and shoelaces they probably need a new one! When it comes to buying nets there are three categories

  • Road hockey nets
    • Usually made with plastic or VERY thin steel, these are useless to use with pucks as any shot harder then 20mph will either shatter the plastic (especially in cold weather) or bend the posts, the mesh is also pretty terrible. If you buy this type of net only use tennis balls on it
  • A recreational net
    • The are the nets that are solid enough to withstand the force of a puck. They vary in quality and the netting is usually all the same. For a good need look for 1.5 inch posts or bigger, and decent netting. The net I use and also recommend is the EZ-Goal. You can actually fold it up, it comes with targets and a backstop is optional (and recommended). The posts are durable and the netting is decent. I did need to repair the netting though, but I was shooting 100 shots a day for a while.
  • A regulation net
    • These nets are practically invincible, the only problem is they cost A LOT (starting at $600) and they are very heavy. If you do get this type of net you will want to buy it locally and not move it around too much.

Where to buy: Most road hockey nets can be found in your big-box stores, for a good recreational net I suggest the EZ-Goal you can Buy it here (Use our coupon code    HOWHCKY001     to save $10 on orders over $100), for a regulation net you should ask the guys at your local hockey rink on how to get one.

A Hockey Jersey of their Favourite Player

Every hockey player (kid, or adult) has a favourite NHL player, whether from the past or currently playing. A great gift for a hockey player is a jersey of their favourite hockey player. When I was a kid I got a Pavel Bure jersey and I wore it all the time. Right now I think it would be cool to get a vintage Wendel Clark Leafs jersey.

Where to buy: If you live where hockey is popular you can get custom jerseys at most sports stores, you can also shop online at Hockey Monkey otherwise try this page on Amazon

 Under Armour

I know this might sound like a lame gift (who wants socks and underwear right?) and I thought the same thing when my mom bought this for me one year. She asked the salesman at the store what hockey players like and he suggested this. I never wore it before my mom bought it for me and I didn’t plan on ever wearing it, but since then I have worn it every time I’ve stepped on the ice. Under armour really does make playing a bit more comfortable, it wicks the sweat away from your body and helps it evaporate. This helps keep your gear dry, makes it easier to do laundry, and also (I find) helps stop my gear from stinking.

Where to Buy: They make a lot of stuff so make sure you get the gear made for hockey. I have linked to the hockey pages for  Under Armour Canada (for Canadians) Under Armour USA

Hockey Swag from Gong Show Gear

Most hockey players would wear there jerseys to school if they didn’t smell so bad, but lets be honest you can’t wear a jersey to school everyday, that’s where Gong Show Gear comes in. They make sweet hockey swag for hockey players. Their entire line of clothing is made for hockey players, they have shirts, sweaters, hats, and more.

Where to Buy: Check out Gong Show Gear

 

Hockey Stocking Stuffers

Here is a quick list of ideas for stocking stuffers

The Obvious

  • Stick tape
  • Skate laces
  • Stick wax
  • A stone
  • Hockey Pucks

The Ultra Cool

  • Weighted Hockey Pucks
  • Stickhandling Balls
  • A Green Biscuit (or get a few and give it as a gift) my favourite off ice puck and all the kids on the hockey team I coach love it –Get it here (I recommend the Green Biscuit, and stickhandling balls as a combo)
  • Magic Stick – This is a cool tool that you can use to put an edge on your skates. I use it all the time when I forget to get my skates sharpened and it works much better than a stone! check it out here
  • Hockey Skate socks – I used to peel my dripping wet socks off my feet and slop them into my hockey bag where they would stew for about a month before I would wash about 10 pairs of them. Then I started skating barefoot to avoid that mess and ended up with stinky skates. Eventually I used hockey skate socks which are ultra moisture absorbent and nice and thin. I bought 4 pairs and use them about 2-4 times in a row before I even need to wash them, they are almost dry when I take them off! Check them out here
For more stocking stuffer ideas check out the stocking stuffer page on Hockey Shot

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone :D

How To Hockey Christmas Gift Contest

If you would like to be entered to win prizes all you need to do is like this post on facebook (twitter too if you are in the festive spirit) buttons are below for sharing and then leave a comment about what hockey item you want the most for Christmas. Remember to leave a valid email because that is how we will contact the winners

Prizes

From HockeyShot.com

Grand prize of a hockey shooting pad, and two prize packs including a green biscuit and a stickhandling ball

From Gongshow Hockey

5 prize packs of one t-shirt and one hat

To enter just like this post on facebook and then leave a comment below telling us what hockey gift you want for Christmas!

  1. Jeremy December 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Thanks to everyone who commented and liked our post on Facebook. The winners have been notified so check your inbox!

  2. Johan December 19, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    For Christmas this year, I’m asking for money, money that I’m gonna spend on finding someone who will teach me how to skate properly. Just started at 21, I’ve gone probably somewhere around 20 times max during my whole life until now, a number I’ve matched and probably gone over in just 50 days since I picked up a pair of skates. What can I say, I’m hooked and want to improve a.s.a.p. so I can keep up with the other guys.

  3. John December 17, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    For christmas I want to be able to travel back in time and tell my 3 year old self that learning hockey then would be better than trying to learn it as a 30 year old. :)

    But I’d take a green biscuit too.

  4. Josh Rennie December 17, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    For Christmas I want:
    1 New Goal
    2 New Skates
    3 More Pucks

  5. Allison B. December 16, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Love your videos, they are very helpful! I think the Extreme Passing Kit would be neat….my 7 year old son loves hockey and is always outside with a ball and stick, but we live on a dirt road, so it’s hard for him to stickhandle.

  6. Azeem December 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    You’ve a great website and Videos keep it up! I doubt I am going to win in the contest because i never ever win in any contests. I love your tips there great I’ve tried a lot of things from the videos that i watched.

    Junior Left Stick
    Pucks
    Net
    Under Armour
    Size 6 Skates
    White Tape

  7. Azeem December 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    You’ve a great website and Videos keep it up! I doubt I am going to win in the contest because i never ever win in any contests. I love your tips there great I’ve tried a lot of things from the videos that i watched.

  8. Andrew December 16, 2011 at 11:53 am

    AWESOME site guys!
    love your youtube vids, watch ’em before every game and I’m actually pullin some moves that you’ve taught me! thanks!!

    only problem is practicing at home, since my road hockey nets both broke and my twig is on its last legs
    so yeah that’s what I’d love to get for christmas! haha

    Keep up the good work team,
    A big fan

  9. Alex December 16, 2011 at 12:45 am

    i need a new pair of hockey gloves! ive had mine for 5 years and i love them but the palms are completely gone and sometimes in game they fall off! there were the nike baurer V’s.

  10. josh December 16, 2011 at 12:00 am

    I would love a new Warrior shaft

  11. Paddy December 15, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I would love a new stick and don cherrys rock em sock em hockey dvd……and that cool sweatshirt from gongshow hockey u had on in the video

  12. Lucas Matson December 15, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    I want a new twig! I want an Easton RS because they have so much swag and lets just say my hockey stick is a little used.

  13. Dan December 15, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I definitely need to share this list with some people who are buying me Christmas gifts! I just had back surgery due to an injury, but I can’t wait to get back in the game.

  14. Sean December 15, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Pretty simple on this one. I’d want a green biscuit and some stick handling gear. Swag as well, but mainly the Biscuit. My 4 year old son is just getting into hockey and absolutely loving it. (Faster skater in his class right now) I take him out when I can to help him learn how to actually stickhandle and pass/shoot, but it difficult with the Franklin roller pucks. Green biscuit would solve that problem. Also it would be awesome for him to have that as a gift this x-mas from Santa.

  15. Jonny December 15, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Shoot, I pretty much need all new gear except for helmet, elbow pads and gloves. But in order of what I would like most, I’d probably say new shoulder pads or pants, a shooting pad is second, and skates would be third! And just for funsies, I wish I could get a couple selanne prostock sticks, maybe one game used just to keep, and one that I could try out on the ice myself. =P

  16. Kellen Meade December 15, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I want a large shooting pad a hockey net that I can shoot pucks into twenty pucks an ovechkin signed jersy twenty pucks a new two piece warrior AK 27 hockey stick and an x passer i already made an entry but accidentlly used different email from my dads Facebook account so this is the correct one thanks plz let me win. 😉

  17. Kellen Meade December 15, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I would love to get a net that I can shoot pucks in to a large shooting pad an x passer about twenty pucks new hockey stick two piece intermediate I like the new warrior AK 27 and an ovechkin jersy and I don’t now if you can but can it be signed if so awesome i really need this training gear because i live in Hawaii and we can’t afford to ship it all out here please let me win. 😉

  18. Jonathan Thorstensen December 13, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Extreme passing kit

  19. Caelan December 10, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    i would love a new stick!!!!!
    the new easton RS looks sick!

  20. Charlene Bidula December 7, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I’m a goalie and would love a composite goalie stick for Christmas! I use a wood one now.

  21. Dan Bierkamp December 7, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Those hockey socks looked very interesting. I definitely hope there’s a pair or 3 under my tree this year.

  22. Dylan December 7, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Well I DON’T WANT ANYTHING FOR CHRISTMAS. Simply because i am Jewish :)
    What I do want for Hannukah is some new hockeygear. i would love for day one get the shooting pad =p day 2 get a new green biscut day 3 get a stickhandling ball day 4 get a nice shirt from gongshow day 5 get a nice hat day 6 get some new teeth =p day 7 get equipment to patch up the walls and finally day 8 the last day of hannukah is to win this amazing contest. this would be a perfect world :) but day 8 can happen without being perfect
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE
    MERRY CHRISMASKWANZAHANNUKAH!

  23. Marmalade Hockey December 7, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Any of the above would do just fine. In fact, I think I may just treat myself to a “hockey present” or two.

  24. Adam B December 6, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I’d love a large shooting pad for Christmas! One that I can practice shooting from, and also practice the stickhandling tips I’ve learned from HowToHockey

  25. Alan Reeves December 6, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Great site! Love the tips and drills, each one I work on shows on the ice. Love to have an x-passer or attack triangle for Christmas. Happy holidays.

  26. Matt December 5, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    An X-Passer would be awesome! Or any pass re-bounder

  27. Geoff Thomson December 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Fella’s, keep up the good work. Love reading your articles and watching your vidoes. Very informative.

    I’m wondering why you don’t mention any of the pond hockey tournaments going on in your own backyard? Gravenhurst and Deecroft Resort in February 2012. Would love to join you guys up there.

    Rock Em Sock Em video would be a great stocking stuffer.

    Keep Skating

  28. Simon Bulmer December 4, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Well I would love a junior hockey stick for my 7 year old daughter, it’s a pity we live in England cause chances of winning are slim so if chosen please give a stick to an up and coming junior girl at your local club. Love the articles and videos, keep it up!

  29. dave netterville December 3, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    I sure would like to get a shooting pad for practice. Really need to spend some time on my shooting and stick handling.
    Thanks and have a super holiday season.
    dave

  30. Michael December 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Shooting Pad
    Stickhandling balls
    NHL 12
    Tickets to the Bruins game
    Hockey net
    Milan Lucic jersey
    Under Armor Shirt
    Led Pucks
    Magic Stick
    Hockey Skate Socks

  31. Shaye December 3, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I want hockey tix. Canucks vs oilers would be amazing :)

  32. Joe Bartolotta December 3, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Shooting pad

  33. Michelle Brown December 3, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Howtohockey.com is awesome for providing readers with such a vast array of information related to hockey. I love that you are on facebook that provides helpful updates and for the blog that provides relevant training tips! Thanks for sharing the love of hockey with your readers! My choice for the perfect hockey gift would be the extreme passing kit! What a great idea to improve one of the most important skills of the game, passing! After all it comes first: pass, shoot, and score!!!!!!!!!

  34. Jayd Monk December 2, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Hey boys unreal site, I’ve been subscribing to the emails for quite a while. I would love an EZ goal net ! Thanks and keep up the good work.

  35. Joe December 2, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    My hockey crazed son needs a shooting pad…….

  36. Spencer December 2, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    I want a back han t drag gonger hat and a Johnny t practice jersey!

  37. KP Kelly December 2, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Great guide guys! Thanks! Shooting pad is on my list!

  38. David Mendelsohn December 2, 2011 at 9:43 am

    As an “older” new hockey player I’m learnign alot from these articles. This year, I need new ice skates and/or a new sport bag.

  39. Mary Abplanalp December 2, 2011 at 9:03 am

    “liked” & shared. My 8 yr old is a big hockey fan & player. He would love the pad

  40. Max December 2, 2011 at 8:51 am

    I would love a Stickhandling Guide, a shooting pad and a green biscuit, only problem is I live in the UK…..but hey, worth a shot!

  41. Patrick King December 2, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Just started playing ice hockey and LOVE IT!!!! Could use some work on my shot and that hockey shooting pad looks wonderful. I have tennis courts with hockey nets right next to my house. Oooo that would be nice.

  42. Walter December 2, 2011 at 8:08 am

    How about NHL 12 video game

  43. Joey Sielski December 2, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Sure could use one of those fancy Powerslide Slide Boards….

  44. Vicki December 2, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I would love a Stickhandling Guide, a shooting pad and a green biscuit!

  45. kaitlyn December 2, 2011 at 6:27 am

    a new net or a brian gionta jersey (montreal canadiens) would be cool :)

  46. zickie December 2, 2011 at 5:28 am

    A new hockey stick wud be awesome:)

  47. AustrianHockey December 2, 2011 at 4:21 am

    Wouldnt mind one of the clothing packs from gongshow for Christmas !

  48. Chris#25 December 2, 2011 at 4:20 am

    For Christmas i would love to improve my stickhandling. My wishes are the shooting pad or one of the prize packs from hockeyshot.com :)

  49. Jason Horowitz December 2, 2011 at 3:17 am

    I would like your Complete Giude To Stick Handeling. I just started playing and my stick handeling could use alot of work.

  50. Rachael Stanic December 2, 2011 at 3:11 am

    Some great gift ideas here! My ultimate Christmas wish is for a colder climate so I can actually build a backyard rink, but a shooting pad sounds like an awesome gift too!

  51. PiotrT December 2, 2011 at 2:49 am

    dreaming on: hockey Shooting Pad, An Outdoor Rink; Green Biscuit :))…

  52. adam blitz December 1, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    how about a new hockey stick?

  53. justin December 1, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    I am asking for a shooting pad and a goal for this Xmas. My shot can use some work! I am also thinking about putting a rink in my backyard. Hope to get it started next weekend!

  54. Jennifer (Noah's mom) December 1, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Clear hockey tape and mouth guard (for a little mouth). My son is 6 yrs old and just starting travel hockey with the mites. The journey begins!

  55. justin December 1, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Gloves

  56. justin December 1, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Your website and howto vids are fantastic, better and more entertaining than the rest out there by far…….best gift would definitely be new gloves to replace the stinky old ones!

  57. Matt December 1, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    A shooting pad and EZ Goal would be outstanding

  58. Kim December 1, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    You guys have such a wonderful website. Thanks to you!! If I happen to be one of the lucky winners, please let me know, but also please donate my prize to your local toy drive, angel tree, or other appropriate charity so that a deserving young hockey player can benefit from your generosity ! Merry Christmas to you all!

  59. Bruce Baker December 1, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    A shooting pad would be great. There are three hockey players in this house including myself. It would get a lot of use. Gongshow rules too though.

  60. Luis December 1, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I love your website! As for what’s on my wishlist, I’d love one of those Green Biscuits, or a new set of shoulder pads. Regardless, happy holidays and keep up the great work!!

  61. Robert December 1, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Hey Jeremy! I love to play hockey your videos help me a lot on the ice. i would love to have the green biscuit, under armour, the socks and Rock’em Sock’em Hockey!! Thanks

  62. Jim Caruso December 1, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I would love an extreme passing kit but a Bauer Supreme One 95 Stick’um stick would be Awesome too!!! Thank you guys and Merry Christmas!!!! By the way. Your Complete Guide to Stickhandling is FANTASTIC!!!! Keep up the good work!!!!

  63. Iris December 1, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    New pants , and Reebok 12K shin pads…..

  64. Josiah December 1, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I really want a backyard rink. But I would settle for someone digging a pond down the street too. A stick will have to do..,

  65. Ice December 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    A hockey goal would be Sweet. However, I will be just as happy with the extreme passing kit.

  66. Yoni Coen December 1, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    TICKETS TO A CANUCKS GAME!!!! NEVER GONE TO ONE IN MY LIFE!

  67. Ryan December 1, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    extreme passing kit!

  68. Sonia December 1, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Shooting pad! Or green biscuit

  69. Jin December 1, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    It would be great to have green biscuit , stick, and shooting pad. Im in thailand and it’s kind. Of hard to play hockey:(

  70. John December 1, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I’d def love a shootin pad… that would be awesome! but anything that helps with my hockey would be good!

  71. Richard Gendreau December 1, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    The green biscuit and the shooting pad is on my wish list!

  72. Jesse December 1, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Love the ideas guys, this will make telling people what to get me for Christmas 1000x easier :D. I’m hoping to get a new stick this year and a green biscuit plus NHL12.

  73. Sam December 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Hey guys no joke i put the roll-up shooting pad,green biscuit, or an ez goal!!!!! i love to play hockey but dont have anything good to train with because i cant afford it! so i would really like to have some good quality products to train!!!please!!!

  74. Jordan Soet December 1, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    The hockey shooting pad and the green biscuit look like great practice aids… and of course there’s always just normal equipment like sticks, skates, pants, etc… Great site you guys have here :)

  75. Menna Mourad December 1, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Hey guys, Merry Christmas! I love that you’re doing this. I started playing hockey about a year ago and I’m obsessed with it. I want a pair of Warrior Franchise hockey pants.

  76. Jordan Victor December 1, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I practice shooting every night. My shooting board is getting old and worn. I’d really like a new one……or new under armor. Tks.

  77. Jordan Victor December 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I practice shooting every night. My shooting pad is getting old and worn. I’d really like one of those….or new under armour. Tks

  78. Aiden December 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    I’m 15 years old and my hockey career has already ended. I played one official season, and one spring season. This website helped me a lot, I actually got pretty good. Due to concussions I can’t play anymore. If you don’t understand just look at what happened to Sidney Crosby or Marc Staal (besides the fact that both of them are/will still play). I still go and watch my hockey brothers play, and I miss it all so much. I still stick handle with my green biscuit and play street hockey all the time. But one thing I’ve always wanted was a Home jersey of the New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. That would be awesome!

  79. Bryan Fraser December 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I would like a hockey net. Thanks again for all the tips.

  80. Alan December 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    As a person getting into hockey it comes at quite a cost. Slowly I am saving up to get some gear together but it is taking some time. A shooting pad looks like its an amazing piece of gear get one started in playing and I am working on getting one and I hope to be getting a green biscuit so I can practice at a local public park that has a dedicated rolling/street rink here in Washington.

  81. Gabe December 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I would really like some gongshow lifestyle apparel because they are pretty expensive. But i would really like an extreme passing kit. I’m called the dish master, but improvement wouldn’t hurt!

  82. Kip December 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    A shooting pad and or some gongshow gear would be perfect for me.

  83. Rob Boirun December 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I’ll take either but Gongshow stuff looks pretty cool. Great idea, already sent the page to my wife for some shopping tips. :)

  84. Diana December 1, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    As a hockey mom to my peewee aged son and goalie mom to my squirt aged daughter, hockey items are big on their Christmas wish list this year..A shooting pad would be great for both of them as one would be able to shoot on the other and they would each get their skills worked on!! Living in Florida, there are not that many ice rinks everywhere so a shooting pad would be perfect for down here..We love your articles and tips..keep it up and thanks so much!!

  85. Vinnie December 1, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Well since I dont have a facebook I made my wife like you. But I would really like a shooting pad or even a green biscuit. Since I live in calfornia ice isnt exactly everywhere. And trying to make the transition from roller to ice a shooting pad would help alot. But love the site it has help my game and my attempt at ice skating so much better thanks.

  86. gord davis December 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I have your goalie drills for you and will e mail in new year also looking to get a shooting pad for my Grandson and defensive drills for d man Talk later continue with the blog and letting all the young players know about different stuff available to them gord

  87. Tom Ginn December 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I would love the HowToHockey Stickhandling Guide, including all the goodies needed to make the most of it (shooting pad, green biscuit, the stick-handling skills of Bobby Orr, etc.)! Merry Christmas!

  88. Marc Gilkerson December 1, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    A new stick, green biscuit and a hoodie would be cool.

  89. Addison December 1, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Hey guys,
    I always appreciate your work. I’ve been playing hockey my whole life and have recently began coaching. I use your videos to as tools help the kids along. As for your contest would love a shooting pad (depending on how money looks after the holidays I am looking to buy one anyways but never hurts to throw it out there) ;).

    Thanks!

  90. Greg T December 1, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I want a shooting pad and a backyard rink, if my parents would let me build it.

  91. Thomas December 1, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    i would like a green biscut and a passing/shooting pad

  92. Alex December 1, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I would like an Under Armour shirt and one of those Magic Stick things.

  93. nick mason December 1, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Hey guys I would love a green biscuit I practice stick handling every day but I live in a apartmentcomplex so I can only practice in the parking lot which makes it difficult. Thank by the way I love the articles and videos keep doing them!

  94. elaine Moreau December 1, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    green biscuit

  95. elaine Moreau December 1, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    shooting pad

  96. matthew December 1, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I would love a Jonathan toews jersey, new stick and some cool stickhandling balls and a nice winter hat and sweatshirt. HOPE I WIN !!!!

  97. Matthew December 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I’m in need of a new stick for sure. I only have one at the moment and the blade is getting chipped up. I also really want a pair of the Under Armour compression grippy hockey pants. I recently got the shirt and am really liking it.

  98. olivia December 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I would love a shooting pad or a new stick . i really want to play hockey next year (: .

  99. Peter December 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I would love a jersey of my favourite player! Sidney Crosby

  100. Josh Zankowicz December 1, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    The passmaster would be a great gift to practice one timers on the old backyard rink

  101. Todd Mcgrath December 1, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    My son sure could use a hockey shooting pad.

  102. Joseph Sensback December 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I could really put a shooting pad to good use… Christmas presents in my house are going to be slim this year. I’m currently in the process of switching from roller hockey to ice hockey. I shoot at my net everyday, but I can only shoot roller pucks from where I shoot in my garage. Also, considering I live in South Florida, I could really use as much shooting on an ice like surface as I can possibly get. Thanks.

  103. Mari Torres December 1, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Shooting pad and green biscuit would be cool. Not many places around my way to actually skate on ice so i would need something to use on gravel. Nothing like a shooting pad for realistic puck handling and shooting as best as you can without being on the ice……..and no outdoor puck better than the green biscuit……:)

  104. Clint Beastwood December 1, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    All I want is a decent pond to play on all winter. My city claims to be a hockey town but won’t let the boys play on any of the outdoor ice. :( a new twig, a warm hat and hoodie would be nice too.

  105. Ozzy December 1, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    My daughter is asking for a green biscuit. My 2 year old sons need another pair of skates. My Wife needs a new stick. And I could use a pair of elbow pads….

    Oh man, that’s a lot of gear!

  106. Scott Easton December 1, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Buckets full of pucks for shooting practice in the back garden with my son & daughter….oh, and a new helmet would be kinda cool too!

  107. Maccas December 1, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I’d love a Pavel Bure Canucks jersey (the black one), Some new Shinpads and the ability to take a decent slapshot without falling over…….

  108. Toby December 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I would love a Peter North Stars liddy, or an old school Probie jersey!

  109. Cmak November 28, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    I think those green pucks would be great for my tykesters as a gift from the coach.

  110. Shawn T November 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Great list, thanks! Already got the Green Biscuit and I’m gonna buy more for my teammates for stocking stuffers. It’s fantastic! Now I gotta ask Santa for a shooting pad…

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  112. Kyle Wilson November 27, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    The nets the perfect gift, nothing like some shinny out on the pond

  113. Amy Rodemoyer November 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    We got the Pass master and Sniper’s Edge tarp for use with dry land training tiles this summer (both linked from How To Hockey’s website). So far, they have held up very well and make practice a lot more fun! Both are highly recommended.

    Next we tackle Jeremy’s stick handling class…wish us luck!

  114. David Adams November 25, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Agree with this, thanks so much.

  115. ed November 25, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Green Biscuit, yes! Got two of ’em. One for my nephew and, of course, one for me. ha!

    Any good instructional/training dvds you’d recommend?

  116. Greg November 25, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I would have to agree with everything on the list!

    A few things I would add would be:

    New Gloves,
    New Skates,
    a Stiga hockey table

  117. Dani November 25, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Great tips! I’m getting new skates and gloves for Christmas! the link you put up with the hockey shooting pad, doesn’t work..

  118. Chris#25 November 25, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Haha loved this article, definetly asking for a green buiscuit and a new stick, never knew you could “buy” your own backyard hockey ring but sounds like a great investment 😀

    Merry Christmas to all the hockey fans out there, and remember to train hard 😉

  119. Josiah November 25, 2011 at 3:19 am

    I never thought of building my own rink. I just complain about a lack of ice time. Hopefully, someone loves me enough to get me a Rink-In-A-Box! Thanks for the links!

  120. SarahShaw#58 November 25, 2011 at 12:35 am

    I would love to get any of these for Christmas! Great list:D This is pretty much my Christmas list! hahaha

  121. Connie November 24, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    I am so excited for these ideas! My son is going to love me. Can’t wait to start shopping for some of these items. Thanks for the tips!

  122. The maxwells November 24, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Thanks for the tips! Our youngest is obsessed and you just filled half our shopping list! And keep up the good work with the site, as a coach, we always refer to it for tips and tricks we can share with our team.

    Merry Christmas!

  123. Joe November 24, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    The link to the shooting pad doesn’t work…just fyi

  124. Linda November 24, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Thanks for the interesting ideas. I always need the extra tips on what to get my son and I saw quite a few ideas.

  125. olivia November 24, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Great, emailing this to my parents and christmas list will be done. Thanks guys :)

  126. Edgar November 24, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Got the net, stick and green biscuit. All I need now is are the skillz:)

  127. Dustin Mellberg November 24, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I think the green biscuit, a new stick, the EZ goal, or a shooting pad would make perfect gifts

  128. Annabelle November 24, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Wow great ideas just in time :-)

    I love the green biscuit and the stickhandling ball. Best tools ever.

    Merry christmas and a happy new year to all hockey fans! :-)

  129. alan November 24, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    fortunately i have enjoyed the rockem sockem vids as a kid and hope so i get one for christmas this year! the green biscuit and ez goal are awesome too!

  130. Jeremy S November 24, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    I went one step up from the standard training pad and went to an industrial plastics company and got a large plastic piece which slides real well. The 4’X8′ sheet is pretty sweet for practicing large sweeping stick handling moves and I can even run around it! I practice for 10-15 minutes before every game and I can absolutely notice my stickhandling and wrist strength improve. I can do some stick handling moves with one hand!

  131. Jeremy November 24, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    The green biscuit is a must here in Utah because of the warmer months of the year. I’ve watched my 5 year old son’s handling improve a lot by using that instead of the classic ball. Christmas is also a good time to swap out bags if yours is getting too funky in the locker room and causing people to sit further away. Any suggestions on a good bag?

  132. Chris November 24, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    The Green Biscuit is an awesomr training tool.

  133. Camryn November 21, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I love hockey. this is so helpful for my christmas list

  134. Mikey Sikora November 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    How cold does it be to build a backyard rink?

    • Eric Owen November 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm

      I’d imagine well below 32 F, like low teens.

    • Jeremy November 24, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      It needs to be consistently below freezing, so below 0 Celsius.