Posts in category "Reviews"

Review: Johnny's Ice House 3 on 3 Adult Beginner League

Review: Johnny's Ice House 3 on 3 Adult Beginner League

Johnny's Ice House West 3 on 3 Adult Beginner League is going to restart soon for the fall / winter round. This is one venue where beginner players can sign up to play, get placed on a team and build team experience. The cost for this league was $16 a game ($175 total for 11 games), included 10 regular season games, one guaranteed playoff game and a team jersey. Team jerseys are not re-issued if you already have one from a prior round. Goalies play for free but are not given a jersey. If you have been taking classes and are thinking about joining a league, this could be a step between a beginner class and a full sized team.

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Review: Elite Hockey Pro Hockey Skate Guards ★★★★★

Review: Elite Hockey Pro Hockey Skate Guards ★★★★★

Not too long ago, I bought a nice pair of new hockey skates. I figured if I was going to get high-end hockey skates, I might as well get some boss skate guards, too. When spending $400 on hockey skates, another $20 on good skate guards doesn't seem like such a big deal. The Pro Hockey Skate Guards by Elite Hockey are top-of-the-line and are better than any skate guard that I've used.

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Review: Sneaker Balls Hockey Puck Deodorizers ★★★★★

Review: Sneaker Balls Hockey Puck Deodorizers ★★★★★

These puck-shaped Sneaker Balls Deodorizers were an impulse buy -- just a small item I threw in when I bought a practice-weight hockey jersey. So, I didn't have high expectations, and certainly wasn't planning on writing a review of such a peripheral item. However, I am so impressed with Sneaker Balls that I feel a review is in order. These will go a long way in helping your equipment not stink to high heaven.

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Review: Shock Doctor Nano 3D Mouthguard ★★★★☆

Review: Shock Doctor Nano 3D Mouthguard ★★★★☆

Shock Doctor advertises the Nano 3D Mouthguard as its “lowest-profile, Super Tight Molded Gel-Fit” model on the package. Like many brands, this mouthguard is heated in hot water for a custom fit. It can be worn with or without the tether. The packaging additionally notes that the product is latex free and is not to be used with braces.

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Review: Warrior Covert DT2 Hockey Gloves ★★★★½

Review: Warrior Covert DT2 Hockey Gloves ★★★★½

When I started playing hockey in June 2013, I had some oldschool hockey gloves from the 1990s that looked cool -- with lace-up ties at the wrist -- but were kind of clunky. Over time, I realized that they weren't very comfortable and that I couldn't feel my hockey stick very well. Eventually, that became more and more of a problem, so I decided to get some new gloves.

After trying on a dozen or so pairs, I decided to purchase a pair of Warrior Covert DT2 hockey gloves. I've had these for about 18 months now, and used them an average of three times a week. So I feel that is a thorough enough of a trial period to write an honest review.

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Review: Chicago Outdoor Hockey League D-Level in Niles ★★★☆☆

Review: Chicago Outdoor Hockey League D-Level in Niles ★★★☆☆

I have mixed feelings about playing in the Chicago Outdoor Hockey League (COHL). You see, two years back, I wrote about the COHL for "The Hockey News" (article here), and was soon inspired to learn how to play hockey. Watching a few COHL games was the catalyst for me to become The Hockey Noob, and I am grateful for the inspiration. Things came full-circle for me when I joined the COHL for the 2014-15 season.

At the same time, playing in the COHL was not as great as I imagined. There were some really big upsides and downsides to the outdoor league, which plays in Niles and in Cicero. I played in the COHL D-Level "Northsiders" Division in Niles, so that is what is reviewed here...

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Review: Franklin Park Ice Arena's Original Six Hockey League ★★★★☆

Review: Franklin Park Ice Arena's Original Six Hockey League ★★★★☆
The Original Six Hockey League at Franklin Park Ice Arena was a good place for me to start playing hockey. I learned a lot from being around some experienced players. The 06 League features a mix of C-level and D-level players. The league is no-hit, and does not allow body checking. Even though it’s called... Read more »

Review: Warrior Covert Backpack Wheel Bag ★★★★☆

Review: Warrior Covert Backpack Wheel Bag ★★★★☆
Hockey requires a lot of equipment. It also requires a bag large enough to haul all that equipment to and from the rink. A typical hockey bag is cumbersome and takes up a good share of floor space. Most hockey bags are designed to either be held in by one hand or worn over one... Read more »

Review: No Sweat helmet liner sweat absorber ★★★★★

Review: No Sweat helmet liner sweat absorber ★★★★★
There was one thing that I was not prepared for when I started playing hockey: getting sweat in my eyes. I soon found that it was necessary for me to bring a towel to the bench. Between shifts, I had this whole routine where I would have to set down my stick, remove my gloves,... Read more »
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Review: Sweat X Sport Xtreme Stain Remover ★★★★☆

Review: Sweat X Sport Xtreme Stain Remover ★★★★☆
How extreme is the Sweat X Xtreme Stain Remover? I decided to do a product test with the nastiest thing I could find: a hand-me-down chest protector from a donation bin at a local ice rink. Parents put gear their kids and teens outgrow into rummage bins for others to take for free. I snagged... Read more »