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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Mark January 29, 2012 at 11:50 pm

If you are in the US you can get HDPE sheets from McMaster Carr up to 4′x8′.
http://www.mcmaster.com/#hdpe-sheets/=g0xaur

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Jonathan December 31, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Is the pro good for a 12 year old

Thx

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matthew December 5, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Hey Jeremy,

Do you have any info on dasher boards? Most of the websites price these things ridiculously, any chance you have ideas for homemade? We play at UofWindsor they have a nice set up using chain linked fence posts as supports for the boards. They obviously got a pro set up but the fence posts I can handle, all I need is the plastic.
We want to make our own road hockey arena about 40 by 90 feet. I want to know what plastic these companies are using to make the dasher boards and how I can get it for cheap?

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Asher November 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Hey Jeremy! I’m sorry for emailing you so much i just have a lot of questions, which do you like more the dryland flooring tiles or the shooting pad? Also which one slides better?

Thanks!

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Rory January 21, 2012 at 11:23 pm

Hey saw your post um i think that the tiles are better cause you can keep building onto them and they slide about the same…

Jason(Hong Kong) November 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Hi Jeremy,

Are there any differences between roll up and professional?
thx~

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Camryn November 21, 2011 at 8:22 pm

What Skate Sharpeners would you recommend?

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Asher November 17, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Hey Jermy! I’m a huge fan. Would you recommend me using a junior hockey shooting pad or dryland flooring tiles? P.S i’m a squirt hockey player also which one feels more like ice?
Please replay as quick as possible thanks!

Asher.

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Jeremy November 18, 2011 at 11:15 am

The Junior shooting pad is good, but in my opinion it’s too small. When it comes to shooting pads the more room you have the better so I would recommend the tiles. The tiles are nice because you can order a few to start and if you feel you need more room you can order a few more and expand the size of your shooting / stickhandling area.

Nikki November 4, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Can you use your real hockey stick or will it get ruined?

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Jeremy November 11, 2011 at 10:46 am

Yes I use the same stick on and off the ice. The shooting pad is nice and smooth so it won’t wear your blade out like pavement does

Luke October 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm

What inexpensive gloves do you reccomend?

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Camryn November 21, 2011 at 8:25 pm

I would recommend maybe Easton or The Warrior MacDaddy’s. They are very cheap and a good value on HockeyMonkey.com.

Luke September 15, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Do you use all the space on a pro sized shooting pad or would an intermediate sized one be a good size to get space wise?

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Jeremy September 17, 2011 at 7:09 am

I find I use all the space on the pro-sized, if you ask me the bigger the better! I currently have the dryland training tiles set up in my basement. Before those i was using the roll-up shooting pad and really liked it.

MABBOTT August 2, 2011 at 11:52 am

what materials can be used that are primarily free. Like Billboards and advertisement signs?

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Jeremy August 4, 2011 at 11:14 pm

If you can find old boards from the rink they work great. They are made of the same material as the shooting pads, just a lot thicker and heavier.

Ryan July 18, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Hi Jeremy, for your off-ice practice sticks, do you cut them shorter to compensate for your shorter height (without skates) ?

I’ve heard this tip from some but was wondering if this makes that much difference.

Thanks!

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brandon June 14, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Do the roll up shooting pads and regular hard shooting pads feel the same?

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Jeremy June 16, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Yeah they are basically the same material, both are very smooth. I use the roll-up because it provides more room.

Tina May 13, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Are the roll up pads also made of HDPE?

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Jeremy May 14, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Yes I believe they are, they are just thinner sheets

Ryan May 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm

How much is the junior and intermidiate shooting pads?You have menchined alot in your videos the you can get coupons.How much of the price will the coupons cut?

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Jeremy May 14, 2011 at 7:57 pm

For the shooting pads you can use our coupon in the right sidebar for $10 off your order. The Juniors are about $40 but I recommend the pro-sized or roll-up pads because you will get a lot more use out of them and enjoy them a lot more. For intermediate and junior pads you can basically just shoot off of them.

chris April 26, 2011 at 7:13 pm

I get mine a this hockey store

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chris April 26, 2011 at 7:12 pm

where do you get your sticks

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Jeremy May 14, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Local hockey store

Dave April 21, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Whats better and closer to on ice feel Pro shooting pad or dryland flooring tiles?

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Jeremy April 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm

They both feel the same to me, but the site says the shooting tiles are the slickest. I have tried them both and they feel the same, both are great, but tiles are better if you want to expand or make a room for practicing.

Jessica April 17, 2011 at 10:24 am

Hi Jeremy,
What shooting pad you use the most?

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Jeremy April 18, 2011 at 8:32 am

I like the roll-up shooting pad the most, I use it all the time in my basement and out in the yard. I like the one with the bungee cord, but sometime the puck flips over the top, I hear Hockey Shot is making a new one though that this wont happen with

micheal April 9, 2011 at 9:28 pm

how much is 4 1 hockey shooting pad

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Jeremy April 10, 2011 at 8:40 pm

This information is on the page.

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