Hockey Shooting Pad Information

Hockey shooting pads are one of the most popular hockey training aids on the market today. Skating, shooting, and stick handling are the most important skills for a hockey player to learn, and you can practice and perfect two of those three skills with a hockey shooting pad. This page gives you some information about hockey shooting boards, we also have a hockey shooting pad review

Hockey shooting pad info

Material

Many people want to know what material is used in hockey shooting pads. Mostshooting pad for hockey pads are made out of High-density polyethylene or HDPE, which is a special type of slippery plastic.  HDPE is also used to make milk jugs, hockey dasher boards, and rails / boxes used for snowboarding and skiing. While some hockey shooting pad alternatives offer a smooth surface, only a real hockey shooting pad can offer a smooth and slippery surface.

Hockey shooting pad sizes

The hockey shooting pads come in a variety of sizes the most common sizes are

  • Junior – 24 inches wide by 48 long and  1/8 of an inch thick
  • Intermediate 28 inches wide by 52 inches long and 3/16 of an inch thick
  • Professional shooting pads which are 30 inches wide by 60 inches long and 3/16 of an inch thick.

Shooting pad sizes for hockey

What shooting pad size should you choose?

The smaller sizes are very affordable and good for younger players or as something to start with. My first shooting pad was a junior size and I used it purely for shooting. If you will be doing mostly shooting than a small size will be good for you If you are older and will be using your shooting pad a lot I strongly recommend a larger shooting pad.

The larger shooting pads are great because you have enough room to practice a variety of stickhandling moves. Large hockey shooting boards also provide enough room for a full wrist shot and room to line up a few pucks for slapshots. Another great benefit of the pads are that they last a very long time

Durability

These boards are great when it comes to durability, we tested the pro shooting pad which is 3/16 of an inch thick, sounds thin but we hammered about 1000 shots off of this board and there were no signs of wear (just a lot of tape marks) During the slapshot challenge I have been taking about 1000 – 2000 shots every week and there is absolutely no wear on the plastic (once again, just tape marks)

Research shows that HDPE piping is expected to last up to 100 years, this is the same material that the hockey shooting pads are made from. Shooting pads are thinner, but my first pad lasted 3 years with no signs of wear (it went missing after that)

Price of Hockey Shooting Pads

Shooting pads usually range from $35 – $110 depending on what size you get, quality, and thickness. My shooting pad of preference is the pro hockey shooting pad because it provides a lot of room for stickhandling and passing, and I can even hook up a passmaster to the end and practice one timers.

Where to buy a Hockey Shooting Pad

There are only a few stores that offer shooting boards. I bought my first one from National Sports (a Canadian sports store) You can also purchase hockey shooting pads online. We found that Hockey Shot has a good selection of sizes and different options. We recommend the professional hockey shooting pad, and it is the one we use the most.

You can Buy a shooting pad here we also have a coupon so you can save $10 on any order over $100, enter HOWHCKY001 in the coupon code section.

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Gary (Canada) April 29, 2013 at 10:43 am

Just bought Pro pad for my 11y son. It’s awesome! Green biscuit – very good on pavement.

Does the pad require any maintenance (washing, oiling)?

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Sam April 28, 2013 at 7:48 pm

I have a green biscuit and an old wood hockey stick I use. Should I continue doing this or get a shooting pad

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steve March 29, 2013 at 2:29 pm

i really don’t want pay $40.00 dollars on a piece of plastic

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Anonymous April 27, 2013 at 9:11 am

don’t buy it then

Luis March 18, 2013 at 7:40 pm

How much is the intermediate shooting pad $ :)

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mary October 26, 2013 at 6:50 pm

On HockeyShot it is 74.95 dollars

Luis March 18, 2013 at 7:39 pm

How much is the intermediate shooting pad $ :)

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MATT February 20, 2013 at 6:29 am

And does it mater if it’s painted on because that is what I paint on.
If it can’t have paint on it do you know any thing to get the paint off

thanks, MATT :] :] :] :] :]

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MATT February 16, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Can I use a dry erase marker Bord for shooting because that is all I have

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Greg December 17, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Hey, I have a few questions hopefully that you can answer. I recently bought a really small training pad and brand new hockey stick, and due to the pad being too small I chipped my stick on my driveway the day I bought it.

I’m curious what is the best way to go for me? I currently play Midget House League, but I’m trying out for Jr.B next year so what is the best way to go training pad wise? I’m going to be practicing everyday on my net, and I don’t want my chipped stick so should I be going with the Intermediate, Professional, or Roll-Up Pad? And if not those, should I go with the tiles? I truely don’t want to spend over $150, so if you could tell me what’s best I’d really appreciate it Jeremy!

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Jeremy December 22, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Hi Greg, personally I like the roll-up shooting pad the most. If you plan on practicing daily you will really appreciate the extra room. If you’re tight on cash get the pro sized pad, but I think it’s worth it to drop a little more and get the roll-up pad. You can use the coupon code on our site to get $10 off any order over $100, it’s in the left sidebar

jake November 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm

hi i will help you on sale by telling lots of people u should send me a free shooting pad

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Tyler October 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Jeremy,

I use a whiteboard, 4 by 8 foot that I bought at Lowe’s. Spray some silicon on there and you’re ready to go!

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GREWAL _17 August 28, 2012 at 11:04 pm

one time i used pucks on the floor in my indoor hockey area (ya i know..an indoor hockey area) and there where so many black marks on the floor :D it wasnt an area only for me it was my very wide hallway area and it took my dad 2 hours to clean all the black marks off :D lol

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Grewal_17 September 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Omg!!!! I write this in august not knowing I did and a month later I see my comment whoa! :D

Tyler March 16, 2012 at 9:10 am

Jeremy,

I have set up and a net and Board in my backyard, but I was wondering what distance you think is the best to practice my shot? 10 ft from net? 15 ft? 20ft?

Thanks! Love your stuff!

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Jeremy March 20, 2012 at 10:12 am

Whatever distance you shoot from the most on the ice. I get a lot of shots in close so I practice snappers from about 8-15 feet out. If you are a defensemen though you want to practice those long shots

Martin March 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Hi,
I got a question regarding the roll up pad. I just got one, but since there isn’t much space in my house I have to keep it outside (its flattening at the moment), does it matter if I leave it out in the rain? Thanks a lot!:)

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