Shop Small Day 162: RG Hockey Pro Shop

Maybe watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs has sparked an interest in learning how to play hockey. If you’ve seen five minutes of a hockey game, you understand the importance of properly fitting equipment. While it’s tempting to pick up cheap garage sale cast-offs for a first-time player, you’re better off letting the pros help. RG Hockey Pro Shop that is.

imageRG Hockey opened in 1995 in Indiana. They moved locations a few times, but when Canlan bought the International Ice Arena in 2011, RG Hockey relocated to Romeoville to become the in-house pro shop at Canlan.

Since we practically live at the rink a few months every year, we’ve been in RG’s multiple times: skate sharpening, stick tape, or a new sweatshirt, and owner Greg has always been helpful. But, my friend’s experience there yesterday was definitely worth a little recognition for RG’s.

My friend’s son needed new skates. Admittedly his old ones had been too small for quite some time. But, she wanted a proper fitting, and so they headed to Greg for help.

imageHockey is an expensive sport to play: ice time and equipment. So, my friend was appreciative that they didn’t try to sell her the most expensive pair of skates on shelf.

They inquired about how much time her son spends on the ice and his skating level to help determine his needs. They found three pairs of skates that were the best fit, in three different price ranges.

Since they’re located within Canlan ice arena, the store hours are geared toward the rink’s busiest times.

My friend joked that if they had earlier hours, her son wouldn’t have been in small skates for so long. Greg’s response? Just call me next time. I can come open the store for you if you need something!

That, my friends, is why small businesses rock.

Want to show your Blackhawks pride without lacing up a pair of skates? Go see my new friend Dan at Pro Jersey (day 90). He has more pro sports apparel than any store I’ve ever seen!

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RG Hockey Pro Shop
1581 W. Normantown Rd (inside Canlan Ice Arena)
Romeoville, IL

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