How to Play Ice Hockey : How to Care for Your Ice Hockey Skates


This is Tim McKeig, of the UNCW Seahawks,
and today, we’re going to show you how to take care of your ice hockey skate. Now, when
you get to your ice hockey skate, you’re going to want to make sure you take great care of
these skates. Many things can go wrong, that would lead to reduction of the lifespan of
your skate. Now, these skates are very expensive, so you’re going to want to make sure you take
good care of them, to get the most use out of them. Some of the things you’re going to
want to think about, when taking care of your skates, is always air them out. After use,
open your bag, hang them up on some type of rack, maybe a shelf, to allow the moisture
to get out of your skate. Some of the things that will help that, is after use, you want
to have a nice little rag or towel, that you’re going to want to wipe down your blades with.
You’re going to have a lot of snow buildup. If you leave that on there, you’re going to
get a lot of rust, and it’s going to deteriorate your skate blade. Also, as you can see, there’s
many screws and bolts in here, that can also be damaged from rust, if you do not take proper
care of your skates. Some things that will help you when doing that, would be these skate
guards, which you can purchase at local pro shops, or sport retail stores. They actually
fit right on the bottom of your blade. After use, you’re going to want to take them out
of your bag, air them out. Go ahead and put some of the skate guards on. There’s different
varieties. These right here would be soft ones, that would absorb a lot of the wetness
and moisture. I would suggest these. For somebody not using as much, as many of the times, is
a basic nice pair of hard plastic skate guards, will allow you to walk around the rink freely,
and not have to worry about damaging your blade, by stepping on cement, or other things
that may damage your skate, and that would be how you take care of your ice hockey skates.

17 thoughts on “How to Play Ice Hockey : How to Care for Your Ice Hockey Skates

  1. just got some soakers today for my bauer skates, if only i came across this video BEFORE my skates rusted 😛
    good video, you got all the nessisary points dude!

  2. After every ice session I always run the blades under warm water, dry them off and air them out. I always air out all of my equipment; I can't stand playing in cold, wet gear.

  3. about the covers… i found out if u keep them on until u use them again.. the moisture will stay in their and it will rust your blade.. so if you have games.. what u want to do is…
    1. after ur done playing wipe them off and put the covers on.
    2. when you get home air out ur skates and take the covers off. Then next time when u use they won't be rusty.

  4. i play travel and i got x:20's i have skate guards but never using them cause as my comment before it rust if u keep them on to long, i just wipe them down and put them in my room and let them be til i play again.

  5. I've had 2 pairs of XXXXs now. I'm not sure what it is but I love them. That may be because both times I happened to get my hands on some extra stiff custom ones though. haha.
    Is UNCW NCAA or club? I'm trying to stay in state but I want to play hockey. I also want to keep up with my skiing though so I'm leaning toward app.

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