|Presented by:||Ron Chisholm - a dedicated hockey fan, parent of four players, and past player and coach of many years.|
Cheap Skates May Not be a Bargain
As each hockey player begins to get ready for the new season, the equipment is taken out for a fit check. Invariably, for the younger skater, the skates no longer fit the ever growing feet. The skates must be replaced and dollar signs go through the minds of the parents. How will this be handled? There are several solutions to this annual problem.
The first solution may be the easiest on the pocket book, but cheap skates can cause more problems than they solve. Quality of the skates is usually directly proportional to the cost. In other words, you get what you pay for - quality of design, materials, and workmanship. Skating is a learned skill and good skates can only enhance development. The skates must provide a comfortable fit and provide good ankle support and the blades must be of good quality that can be sharpened to hold a good edge.
The second alternative is easily understood. Bite the bullet, dig deep and spend the money. Some shops will offer inventory clearing sales and reduce the price on prior year model skates as new models are introduced. Substantial savings on top quality skates may be realized by finding these sales.
The last option is the one that might be most appealing to the person that would like to provide the best skates for a reasonable amount of money. There is a high demand for used skates that are in good condition. Watch for newspaper ads, youth league equipment sales, and rink bulletin board ads. Certain shops, such as Play it Again Sports, specialize in second hand equipment. Also if you keep your kids' skates in good condition, you'll have no trouble selling them at season's end. High end skates are usually formed to fit the skater's foot. This is normally done by heating the skate in an oven and then put on the foot and laced up. As the skate cools, the material molds to the shape of the foot. The skates can be remolded multiple times to fit the foot.
Buying Second-Hand Skates
If you are willing to spend a little bit of time looking, you may be able to save some money on a good quality second-hand skate. To ensure a good deal, know what you are looking for, and heed these warning signs:
Getting A Skate That Fits
Finding good quality skates is one thing, but making sure that they fit properly is quite another. A good fitting, comfortable skate is vital to continued improvement and enjoyment of the sport.
Additional Sharpening and Skate Information
on this site has been collected from official scoresheets and from on ice
observations. As such, the final statistics are not to be construed as
official or sanctioned by the Salem High School Athletic Department or by the
NHIAA. However, much of this information is not available from any other
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