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.
Every 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
Not 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.
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
If 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
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. Where to buy: You can pre-order at Sparx Hockey 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.
This 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.
A 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 Probably 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 Where to Buy: only available in stores, visit their website for locations 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 Recommended Hockey Apparel Stores
- GongShow Hockey – The leading hockey apparel company
- Scrappers Hockey – Love a lot of their shirts, hockey art on a shirt
- Grind Hockey – A local start-up, printed and shipped in Canada
Jerseys and Team Apparel
I’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) Amazon.com and Amazon.ca (modify your search for your team or search the NHL Shop 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
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
Kids 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!
The Extreme Passer Pro
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 – 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
Shooting – 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.
Breakaways and Scoring – The 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.
NHL 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.
- Childrens books
- I’m keeping my eyes open for the first hockey book for my baby boy. Here is a nice list to browse through on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca
- For the girls – Throw like a girl: How to dream big and believe in yourself, was recommended to me from a hockey parent last year. Checking the reviews now I see A LOT of great feedback. If you have a female athlete this could be a great gift
- Coaching books
- My favourite coaching books are the inner game of tennis and the practicing mind. These books have nothing to do with hockey, but a lot to do with understanding the mind, and how to effectively teach skills.
- For strictly hockey plays and drills Coaching hockey successfully is my favourite, followed by Hockey Plays and strategies(written by current Pittsburgh Penguin coach Mike Johnston), and then the hockey handbook (old, but still a good read)
- Biographies (for players and fans)
- There are some awesome biographies out now Bobby Orr released his a few years ago, Gordie Howe released his in October of last year, Ken Dryden’s “the game” is a classic, Tie Domi just released his and there are many more to choose from (Gretzky, Bossy, . You can find most of them on the bestselling hockey books page on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca
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