Best Gifts for Hockey Players 2016

Every year I make a new list with the best gifts for hockey players, this year I have a lot of new ideas for your hockey player! Check out the 2014 and 2013 editions for some more ideas and our best stocking stuffers for hockey players list.


awesome-backyard-rinkEvery hockey player wants to play MORE hockey. The problem is it’s tough to play at home, unless you have your own hockey rink!

A backyard rink

This is the ultimate gift (if you live far enough North). It’s every hockey players dream to be able to lace up the skates and play whenever they want. Some of my fondest memories as a kid are on my pond. If you don’t have a pond get a backyard rink

Where to buy: Build your ownHockeyShot NiceRink IronSleek

NHL 16

nhl-16Not everyone has the room or money for a backyard rink (I have some alternatives in the next section though) so if you have a hockey player who just wants to play all the time, maybe NHL 16 will scratch the itch.

Where to buy: A local store – Amazon -> for Playstation or for Xbox

If you want to do something completely crazy you could always pick up a retro SNES and a classic like NHL 94, or go even more retro and get a NES and Blades of Steel!


A Stick / Gear Rack


At only $19.99 and free shipping this one is a no brainer for the unorganized hockey player in your life. I know I could use a few of these! If your hockey player has sticks and gear littering the garage this is a great solution.

Where to buy: $19.99 on Amazon

Synthetic Ice

synthetic-ice-reviewIf you’re not lucky enough to live in freezing cold temperatures there are alternatives, if you’ve got the money and space synthetic ice is a good option. A few tips, keep it clean (no shoes allowed), and sharpen your skates after each use (skating on it dulls the skates pretty quickly)

Where to buy: HockeyShot – Click the image to watch my review

A SlideBoard + Shooting pad combo

Another option is a slideboard. This is more affordable than the Synthetic ice, and takes up a lot less space. If you combine a slideboard with a shooting pad you can come up with all kinds of fun shooting, stickhandling and skating exercises

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Where to Buy: HockeyShot Slideboard (can also get the shooting pad)- Amazon

Sharpen Your Skates at Home

Yes you’ve read that correctly. Soon you will be able to sharpen hockey skates at home! I did a full review on the Sparx and tested it out on the ice. The machine sharpened my skate as well as a sharpening at a good skate shop. It was very consistent with great edges. sparx-skate-sharpener Where to buy: You can pre-order at Sparx Hockey watch-at-home Playing hockey is not enough, we also want to watch hockey. If you can deal with your hockey player watching EVEN MORE hockey games (or he’s not getting enough at the moment) NHL gamecenter is a great solution.

Rocke’em Sock’em

rockem-sockem-27-don-cherryThis one is a personal favourite of mine, and a fond part of my childhood. I looked forward to watching these every Christmas. These are best sellers every year in the hockey world and I own every one!. The cool thing is you can own every copy as well. The box set on the far right has EVERY year of Rocke’em Sock’em from 1989 – 2013. Rockem Sockem 27 is all the best hits, goals, dangles, and saves from last year.

Where to buy Rock’em Sock’em 27: Local stores where available – or Where to buy the box set: or

A Custom Hockey Chair

custom-hockey-chair Watching hockey is great, but what about watching from your own custom chair! The guys over at My Custom Sports Chair hooked me up with this beauty! It’s got my Hockey Movement logo, name and hockey number with jersey. You can have them custom designed however you’d like! Custom orders take a while so order well ahead of time!

Where to Buy: My Custom Sports Chair play-good-hockey christmas-gifts-hockey-playersProbably the most exciting gift for a hockey player to open at Christmas time is a new piece of hockey equipment. New sticks and skates are particularly exciting. The only problem is, some hockey players can be very picky, especially for sticks you need the right handedness, flex, curve pattern, and grip. The easiest gift is probably a gift card at their favourite hockey shop. To make it really easy an online hockey store gift card is a no-brainer! GiftCard Recommendation: Hockey Monkey – A favourite local hockey shop Looking for a deal on Hockey Equipment? – Check out the Hockey Monkey clearance section. If you see a deal you like, get it quick! The good stuff sells quickly around Christmas (also check their homepage for coupon codes!)

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Raven Hockey – The best sticks for kids under 110 pounds, made with the right size and flex kids-hockey-sticksWhere to Buy: only available in stores, visit their website for locations look-good-hockey Hockey players love to wear their passion on their sleeve, literally. There are some great hockey apparel company’s out there that make designer hockey apparel. Pick up some shirts, hoodies, and a hat and your hockey player will be looking good, and showing off their love for hockey best-hockey-shirts Recommended Hockey Apparel Stores

Jerseys and Team Apparel

maple-leafs-apparelI’m a Leafs fan, get me anything with a Toronto Maple Leafs logo on it and I’m happy. Seriously, Maple Leafs pajamas, bath robe, towel, water bottle, slippers, toque… you get the idea. If you have a die hard fan in your life, just get them something, ANYTHING with their teams logo on it and they will be a happy camper.

Where to Buy: Everything in the picture to the right was found using the search Toronto Maple Leafs on (direct link to search term) and (modify your search for your team or search the NHL Shop have-fun Hockey is all about having fun! The products I list below are great for keeping the fun going, on the ice and off

Glowing Hockey Pucks

comet-hockey-puck If you play outdoor hockey you know the hardships of daylight savings time. Everyone gathers at the rink at 4:30 and it’s nearly dark by 5:30. Some rinks at least have a few lights up, but even then it can be hard to see the puck. That’s where the Comet Pucks come in handy. These pucks GLOW! This is a great way to keep the outdoor game going long after the sun sets

Where to Buy: Comet Pucks Website

Mini Stick Set

best-mini-stick-netKids LOVE mini sticks. I’ve never seen such pure, absolute, and unadulterated fun as when I see kids getting into a good game of mini sticks. As a kid I played in hallways, and wide open spaces, but never with nets or boards. Well… Now you can get full mini stick net sets, some even have targets!

Where to buy: Great selection on or

The Extreme Passer Pro


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This thing is really cool, I mean, REALLY cool. You can put it anywhere (on ice or off ice), it has two sides that rebound the puck to you, and you can use it to improve stickhandling, passing and shooting (one timers anyone!)

This is the perfect Christmas gift for any hockey player that already spends time practicing shooting and stickhandling as it will give them even more things to work on and improve.

Where to buy: Extreme Passer pro on HockeyShot


If you have a hockey player that always wants to learn more about how to play and improve, but is only on the ice once or twice a week I have a few training programs that they can use for extra coaching at home.

stickhandling-guide-smallStickhandling – My complete guide to stickhandling is for the beginner to intermediate player who has never really been taught the fundamentals of stickhandling. It includes an e-book, a half hour off ice stickhandling video and a half hour on-ice training video


insipe-smallShooting – The iSnipe app that helps hockey players track their shots, while also training them. There are 16 shooting videos, and two features to challenge quick release and accuracy.


goalie-buster-smallBreakaways and ScoringThe Goalie Buster Training course offers over 2 hours of detailed videos on how to beat the goalie. We cover moves that can be used from every angle, when to shoot, when to deke, and which dekes work best in each situation.


turks-snipersNHL level coaching – Turks Snipers is an online shooting progression developed by myself, and NHL level shooting instructor Tim Turk. There is a new video every 3 weeks, as well as drills and bonus footage to help any hockey player improve their shot and learn the same thing NHL players are taught.



As a coach I love reading any book that can help me better teach others. Some of my favourite coaching books aren’t even based on hockey. I also enjoy reading biographies of former pro’s. Below are some of my favourites and some fan favourites.

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