16 Awesome Gifts for Hockey Players – 2016 edition


– What’s up guys? Jeremy here from How to Hockey. In this video here, I’m
talking about the best gifts for hockey players 2016 edition. With Christmas just around the corner, thought I’d do this for hockey players and for people shopping. If you’re a hockey player, you can find something to ask for. If you’re shopping for a hockey player, you can find some things to buy. So I have a whole bunch of products here. I’ve got more down in the garage. I’m gonna go through them really quickly and I have the links for everything in the video description, so if you need to find a link
to any of these products, I’ll list them in order
in the video description. Let’s get going. First, we’re gonna start
with the essentials: hockey tape and wax. Every hockey player likes
to get this for Christmas. You can put it as a stocking stuffer or if you buy a whole
bunch, as a gift on itself. You can find these in hockey stores, but if you want to order online, this is from Proformance Sports, cause they have top of the line wax, they have awesome tape, and
they also make lip balm. So if you’re looking for
a pond hockey player, you can get them everything they need to keep them protected. Speaking of pond hockey and essentials, we have a hockey puck, but
this is not an ordinary puck. This is the Comet Puck. It lights up. So you put one of these
little batteries in there, put in the plug, and it glows very bright. So a lot of places in Ontario,
it gets dark around 5:30. You want to play some pond
hockey, you throw this down, and you keep on going well
past the sun goes down. For the nostalgic hockey fan or the kids that enjoy classic hockey, we have Don Cherry’s Rock’em Sock’em. These are on VHS and I do not
recommend that you buy these. I used to get them every
year for Christmas. It was one of the best things I could get. Don Cherry has been making
hockey highlights since 1989, so why am I showing you this? A few years ago Don Cherry came out with the Silver Anniversary Edition. It’s every single Rock’em
Sock’em from one to 25, so from 1989 to 2013. You’re getting the best hockey
highlights, with Don Cherry, the best hits, the saves,
the goals, and the dangles. So you can see Gretzky, Lemieux, Jagr, all the way up to Crosby,
Ovechkin and still Jagr. Another great stocking
stuffer idea is a grip. This is something a hockey
player might want to try, but not spend the money on, so you can get it and
then they can try it out. There’s a lot of options,
we have the Torch, the Russian Grip, the Sniper
Skin, and the Buttendz. I have reviews of every
single one of these, if you want to check those out. Got the link in the video description. This one is the big doozy. Not exactly a stocking
stuffer, by any means. This is a Sparx Skate Sharpener. Yes, hockey players can finally
sharpen their skates at home and I’ve been using this for a while. I can tell you, it is a luxury. So, if you’ve got the money,
it’s gonna cost you $899 US, plus your shipping and your taxes. If you’re in Canada, with the conversion, it’s getting up there, but
let me tell you, I love it. It’s so convenient. It’s great to just toss my skates in here. You hit play and it sharpens it. I’ve been using it for about
three or four months now. It’s always done a great job. If you want a full review, I’ve done a few test
videos, review videos. I’ll put links in the description. If you have a kid that plays hockey, they might be asking you
for a new hockey stick. This is the newest hockey
stick on the market. It’s called the Battle
Mode from Mode Hockey. I recently announced that I am
a part owner of the company. So, the idea here is to make really good
hockey sticks for kids. Most kids are using sticks
that they can’t flex. As they get older and stronger
they learn to flex the stick, but then they have to
almost relearn how to shoot with a new technique of flexing the stick. So why not get them one that they can flex right from the start? We start at 17 and a half flex, all the way up to 40 flex and the idea is to use
half the child’s weight. That’s gonna be your flex. If your kid is 60 pounds,
grab them the 30 flex stick and they should be good to go. These sticks are 100 percent carbon, which means they are very high quality. They should be very durable
and great performance. Speaking of sticks, if
a player has a good one, they’re gonna wanna practice with it and I have three products
to recommend for that. First is a shooting pad or tiles. This is a nice, smooth surface. You can practice stick
handling and shooting from. It won’t wear out the bottom of the stick and it has that nice slick surface. This one comes with the Hockey Sauce Kit, which I’ll talk about a little bit later, but there’s also a few other options. There’s also training tile. So a similar idea as a shooting pad. Its nice, slick surface protects
the bottom of the stick, except that you can buy as
many of these as possible and keep on building
and growing your area. So, I recommend about 16 to start. I have a set-up that I
recommend for the 16 tiles. If you want to make your entire garage or your entire basement a training spot, buy a whole bunch of these
tiles, clip them all together, you’re good to go. A more affordable option
is the launch pad, this is a very small shooting
pad and you might think, what would I use that for? Well, it’s fun to carry around. It’s very portable if you
want to go to the park and try your saucer passes
or passing with friends. Grab a couple of these Launch
Pads and you’re good to go. You can also practice shooting off of it, which seems a little funny
because it’s not very big, but I find it really trains the snapshot. You have to get that
shot off really quickly. If you pull the puck for too long, the stick comes off the shooting pad and you don’t get a good shot off, so you have to learn to really snap it and get a powerful shot
with not too much space. My second recommended
training product is a target. These ones I really like. They’re from hockeyshot.com. I like them because
they’re really portable. They come with a bungee cord and a hook, so you can hook them into any net, you can switch them high, low,
and the flags are adjustable. So, these are little nylon flags. They scrunch up, so it’s
easy to carry in a bag and you can adjust where
you want them in the net. So, if you don’t have a goal, you’re playing some pond hockey, you wanna just customize
where your targets are, I really recommend these ones. Another target option is
from Sniper Sports Targets. This is a very durable option. This is steel. You clamp it onto the
post, using this device. It’s not very big, so it is a challenge. And it is solid steel and very well made. It’s a little bit more expensive, but if you’re shooting a lot of pucks, you want something that’s
going to last a long time, and that sounds sweet when you hit it, this is the one to go with. My third recommendation for
training is a radar gun, it is a great tool for training because it gives you instant feedback. Without feedback, it’s hard to know if what you’re doing is working or not. With the radar gun, it provides
great motivation as well because you can see
that the more you train, the harder your shot gets. And it’s hard to notice if your shot is getting
one mile per hour faster. With the radar gun, it tells you, so it really motivates players to keep on working on their shot and to play with different techniques to improve their power. A product that’s always popular with hockey players is
the Hockey Sauce Kit. I use this to carry pucks to
and from practice and training, but it also has a lot of other uses. So how it works, this
little ramp folds down. If you put it on the ice, you can easily scoop the pucks into it. If you’re playing pond hockey,
you can use it as a mini net. Very portable. As you can see it’s small,
carries all the pucks inside, and if you wanna pack
it away, it folds up. Not very easily with the pucks inside. Now, where you can turn this into a game, similar to Horseshoes or Cornhole, is with the new shooting pad they have. So this shooting pad has these
little holes right there, which will attach the shooting pad to it. So this is a new design
from Hockey Sauce Kit. Grommets go in the holes, pegs go through the grommets, and the pegs go into the Sauce Kit posts. So now if you have a long bomb sauce, the Sauce Kit does not slide off the pad and the little rubber grips on the bottom help keep it pretty sturdy. So if you have a kid
and they love to train and they want to do trick shots, buying just one is a great option. If you’re buying for an
adult, consider getting two because then they can
take it to the beach, they can take it tailgating,
they can take it camping, and it’s for social events. That way, with the two, you can play the official Sauce Kit game. What else do we got here folks? If you’re buying hockey
sticks for an adult, there’s a lot of options out there, some of the more interesting
ones I have behind me. The first one is the Verbero Cypress. This one is part carbon,
part African zebrawood. So it’s the first hybrid
between wood and carbon. It’s a really cool looking stick and it has a pretty
good feel to it as well. They even put the wood in the blade. So it’s a wood veneer. It gives you that dampening
effect of having wood. And it looks great. The second stick is the Colt 3. This stick uses patented NanoSteel coating and it coats the bottom
third of the stick. This is where all your
hacks and slashes come and it leads to breakage of the stick. So with that patented NanoSteel coating, it really protects and extends
the durability of the stick. The Colt 3 was just released. If you have a hockey player that’s looking for a very
durable hockey stick, this is one to look at and especially if you have a hockey player that’s already using the
Colt 2 or the original Colt. They would be really
interested in this one because the performance should be better. Colt has reduced the weight and the durability will still be there. The last recommended
product is a new hockey bag. Go and take a look at your
hockey player’s hockey bag. If it looks like it has
been dragged behind a truck or it looks like it’s 20 years old, may be time to get them
a nice premium bag. This is the bag I’m currently using. It’s from Pacific Rink, a new
company, and in my opinion, it is the perfect bag and I’ve
been looking for a long time. They’ve also created the pond pack. This is for the player that doesn’t bring a lot of equipment. It’s a backpack. They’ve got a strap to
clip your helmet on. They’ve got pockets to put your skates in. They’ve got inner pockets
to carry things around. So, a nice big backpack. Awesome for the pond hockey player. But let’s get into the player bag. In my opinion, a great gift
is buying a premium product that somebody uses everyday, so maybe they wouldn’t
pay the extra themselves, but if you get them the premium product, they’re gonna love it. Let’s take a look at why
this is a premium bag. Something that almost
every hockey bag lacks is organization. Usually it’s just a big sack
and you throw everything in and you have to dig around
and try to find everything. It’s mayhem. So, Pacific Rink is the first company that I think has done this
properly organization. They start with a center divider. That means you can put a
few things on one side, a few things on the other, and once you have some sort
of system, then it’s easy. So I have my shin pads over here. I’ve got my elbow pads. I’ve got my gloves and helmet. On this side, I’ve got my jersey,
jock, and my hockey pants. So, it’s easy to check to make sure I have everything
before I leave for the game, so I don’t end up forgetting anything. Then we’ve got the laundry bag. I throw all my wet stuff in there. After I’m done playing, I
can take it and wash it. Then we have the skate pocket, so I throw my skates right in there. Then I never forget my skates because I open my bag, I
say, yep they’re in there. There’s also a little pocket
right here for a water bottle, so you don’t forget that. You can easily see and
make sure it’s in your bag. And then right here on the top, there’s a secret zipper right here, that gives you access to
the top flap compartment. What do you use that for? For me, before a game, I go like this. Yep, there’s a towel in there. And if it’s flat, there’s not. You throw your towel in there. It’s separate from your hockey equipment. It keeps it dry. And when you want to grab
it before the shower, grab it from right there. Also a compartment here. There’s a soft pocket up top. You can put sunglasses or personal items. And there’s another one down
lower that’s a bit bigger. You can put your hockey tape
and other items in there. Also worth mentioning is the
material in the zipper is… Everything looks to be high quality to me. Nothing looks like it was cheaped on. Even the straps are really nice. They’re adjustable, so you can get them just the right length. I love these straps, where
you just pick them up and throw them over your shoulder. There’s other straps that
go straight across the bag. Not a big fan of those. So everything has been
really well thought-out and engineered and that’s
why you pay the premium for this bag. So that’s my list, but
I want to see yours. Let me know in the comments section. What product are you
really looking to get? Is it something that I put in this video or did I forget something? Let me know in the comments section. I’ll scroll through
and maybe I’ll add that to another list of the best
gifts for hockey players. Once again, if you want
to buy any of this stuff, I have links in the video description. Also, I have a link to an article I made with a lot more products. Some of them that I couldn’t
squeeze in this video, so all your hockey shopping needs are in the video description. Just click down there. Thanks a lot for watching the video. If you’re looking for more hockey videos, hit that subscribe button because I make new hockey
videos every single week. Thanks a lot for watching. See you in the next video.

100 thoughts on “16 Awesome Gifts for Hockey Players – 2016 edition

  1. Personally I think the Grit Tower Bag is the best because it has a slot for skates,Helmet,Elbow pads,Gloves, and then a big pouch for you hockey pants, Shin Pads.

  2. If anyone needs a hockey shooting pad and doesn't have enough money for one get any thing hard (piece or wood, old tile, etc) and nail a crazy carpet to it and cut it to size. I've been using mine for two years and it still is strong

  3. I don't have enough money to buy a hockey mode stick for my son and I was wondering if you could give me one it would mean alot to me

  4. hey I seen another video from you when you got back from a hockey convention. you had a camera that clipped to the front of your helmet that was sleek and not obvious like a go pro… do you have the link to that? or the video it was in please! thanks

  5. Good you have any good cheap hockey net recommendations because my warrior net lost the pegs and I can't find a store that sells that size pegs anyways back on track a cheap good hockey net I'm Canadian from Toronto by the way

  6. As soon as you showed the Don Cherry DVDs, I instantly knew what I am getting my brother for Christmas. Our Dad had all these videos on VHS and we have some great memories of watching them together when we were kids. Thanks for the heads up

  7. I don’t really like “the sticks for kids” the just look bad and aren’t any better then the other sticks that aren’t for kids but are for kids

  8. I don’t really like “the sticks for kids” the just look good and aren’t any better then the other sticks that aren’t for kids but are for kids

  9. I love the hockey grip so could you send one out to me and my name is Ryan Hoffman and I love your videos so thank you.

  10. I am going to get the Grit airbox hockey bag because my hockey bag is about 6 years old 3 years for my brother then now 3 years for me or I might just get another grit hockey tower bag check those ones out they are Rolly bags and I really like them

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