Category: Reviews

Review: Fresh Wave Sport Fresh Wash ★★★★☆

Review: Fresh Wave Sport Fresh Wash ★★★★☆
The Fresh Wave line of products is familiar to me because they are endorsed by the Chicago Blackhawks. I was able to place its smell in my memory as being the mysterious lingering scent I sometimes notice in locker room #5 at Johnny’s Ice House West, where female players get to dress, change and shower,... Read more »

Review: Sweat X Sport Laundry Detergent ★★★★★

Review: Sweat X Sport Laundry Detergent ★★★★★
Sweat X Sport Laundry Detergent is a high performance detergent that advertises for use on all fabrics and indicates itself as having superior performance on synthetic technical fabrics. It lives up to its own hype. Since ice hockey is a costly sport, companies tend to try and charge top dollar for consumables. You realized this... Read more »

Review: Skokie Novice Adult Hockey Class ★★★★★

Review: Skokie Novice Adult Hockey Class ★★★★★
If I’ve become knowledgeable about anything since I’ve started learning how to play hockey, it is on beginner hockey classes. Not the curriculum, but the classes themselves. So far, I’ve taken “noob” lessons at Franklin Park, Johnny’s Ice House and now at the Skatium in Skokie. In fact, I like the Novice Adult Hockey Lessons... Read more »
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Review: Mediclean X5000 Sports Gear Odor Killer ★★★★★

Review: Mediclean X5000 Sports Gear Odor Killer ★★★★★
X5000 is specifically made for sports equipment. The product label advertises it for use on hockey gloves, skates, helmets and protective pads. It can also be used on equipment bags, lockers and “anywhere you store your smelly gear.” The ingredients are listed as: water, ethyl alcohol, propylene glycol, surfactant and benzalkonium chloride. The benzalkonium chloride is... Read more »

Review: Nature's Miracle Stain & Odor Remover ★★★☆☆

Review: Nature's Miracle Stain & Odor Remover ★★★☆☆
I know, I know… this is what people buy for when the dog pees on the carpet or barfs on the sofa. It’s not just for pet messes and can also be used for your hockey equipment. Nature’s Miracle is actually a broad spectrum cleaner for organic messes, including blood and perspiration, which are listed... Read more »

Review: Johnny's Ice House Hockey 101 class ★★★★★

Review: Johnny's Ice House Hockey 101 class ★★★★★
This summer, I took the Hockey 101 lessons at Johnny’s Ice House, a hockey rink located in Chicago. The class was more fun than a Patrick Kane hat trick, and I learned a lot.  But most importantly, this class was intended for absolute beginners, so I fit right in. Here is my review of the... Read more »
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Review: Franklin Park INTL Adult Hockey Clinic ★★★☆☆

Review: Franklin Park INTL Adult Hockey Clinic ★★★☆☆
In May 2013, I decided that I wanted to learn how to play hockey. Eager to get started taking lessons as soon as possible, I signed up for the “It’s Never Too Late” (INTL) Adult Hockey Clinic at the Franklin Park Ice Arena. Here is a review of my experience taking hockey lessons at Franklin... Read more »

Review: Bauer Concept II Full Face Shield ★★★★☆

Review: Bauer Concept II Full Face Shield ★★★★☆
Anyone learning how to play hockey should wear full facial protection. Not only is getting hit by the puck an ever-present danger, but your opponents and even teammates are dangerous to you too. It is all but a given that, sooner or later, you will collide with someone or get hit by an errant stick.... Read more »