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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Two Years of Noobliness

Two Years of Noobliness
If you told me two years ago that one day, I would play on a hockey team with teal jerseys and a video game character as our logo, I would have said that you were crazy. Me? Play hockey? But I suck at sports and can barely skate. Yet here we are, two years later.... Read more »

Dear Blackhawks: Your Proposed New Ice Arena in Chicago Needs to Include Us

Dear Blackhawks: Your Proposed New Ice Arena in Chicago Needs to Include Us
Female hockey players exist. Most of the rinks I have skated at do not seem to understand that we play hockey, too. In my less than two years on the ice, I have put on my equipment in some strange places since there was no locker room for women. Forget showers or even a sink,... Read more »
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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...

I joined a team, but they ditch the games

I joined a team, but they ditch the games
There will come a time in your adult novice ice hockey career when you look into your hockey bag and realize you have a cheap jersey with a lousy, generic iron on vinyl design. Congratulations! You are now on a team. In my case, I have a spot on the “Detroit Red Wings” are we’re... Read more »

Four Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Hockey Lessons

Four Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Hockey Lessons

Hockey lessons aren't cheap and ice time is at a premium. You might take an hour-long lesson, but how much learning do you do during that hour? You take your turn in drills and try your best, but what else can you do? I've thought of four ways that I've tried to maximize my time spent on the ice during my hockey classes...

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Scrimmage is the Study Hall of Hockey

Scrimmage is the Study Hall of Hockey

I have grown to resent too much scrimmage in my hockey lessons. Sure, a short scrimmage at the end of a hockey class is an ideal time to apply what you learned that day in a low-stakes, game-type situation. But too much of a good thing quickly becomes a bad thing. I am a college professor, and giving my students some time to work in class to practice what they learned is helpful. Were I to make 90% of the class time "study time" each week, you can bet there would be complaints. Why? Because you don't learn anything new in a scrimmage, just like you don't learn anything new in study hall. And scrimmage is the study hall of hockey...