Hockey Checklist: Affordable Ways to Get Back Into the Game

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I took a three-year hockey hiatus before recently joining a men’s league and, like you, was in need of buying some new gear. The task of finding new equipment was somewhat daunting. I had some of the basics like skates, helmet and stick, but needed to fill in the rest. There are plenty of different options out there to choose from, but saving money and getting the best bang for your buck is what I was looking for.

Although once a B-level player, the many years away from the rink had me almost back to basics. I am now a C level player, but initially started back in a C/D level — so coming to that reality was first and foremost. Second was to get the necessities, get signed up for a league, and get back on the ice asap.

From speaking to many upper-echelon players, I think the A/B player is all about gloves, sticks and skates. The style, the look, the improved technology and overall performance. Players in those upper-levels can really feel the updates in those pieces of equipment and really distinguish the subtle difference — and ultimately improve his/her game.

While fun to shop for the top-of-the-line pieces of hockey gear and trying to emulate your favorite NHL player, the C/D player won’t necessarily need these expensive items just yet. Sure the newest technologies may help some, but overall, spending the money elsewhere in more a more frugal fashion is what we’re after. Here’s a few tips that I did on two occasions: once about four years ago, and the other just a few months ago. These tips helped save me hundreds.



2015 NHL Conference Finals Ticket Prices

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The road to Lord Stanley’s Cup is almost complete. Just four teams remain in the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the Conference Finals are set to kickoff on Saturday afternoon. The New York Rangers will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals, while the Anaheim Ducks will face the Chicago Blackhawks in the West. As the puck is set to drop first in New York, that’s also where the highest ticket prices are on the secondary market.

(Over 30% of Pure Hockey staff picked NYR to win it all in the company’s NHL playoff bracket challenge – coincidence?)

According to TiqIQ, the average price for Rangers playoff tickets on the secondary market is $1,233.02 across their four potential home games. The first game will be the least expensive, though, with an average price of $481.96. The prices go up at Madison Square Garden for each home game. Lightning playoff tickets in Tampa Bay will be less than half the price, on average. Over three potential games at Amalie Arena, the average secondary market price is $458.12, bringing the overall series average to $892.09.


True XCORE 9 Hockey Stick Review


The debut of True Hockey as a brand can be viewed as nothing short of a huge win. We were equally as impressed, as most customers were, by the performance and quality of their hockey sticks. So when True told us they’d be launching a new model for 2015, we were pretty excited to say the least. We were even more excited a few months ago when a blank stick simply marked “True Prototype” showed up at the office.

Last year, True Hockey made a huge splash when they released their ‘A-Series’ – the first line of hockey sticks to hit the retail shelves bearing their True brand name and logo. At Pure Hockey we noticed many players who picked up a True stick in one of our stores and ended up making the purchase and giving it a shot. Of those we talked to, very few were disappointed. The most common feedback we’ve heard was that True sticks surpassed their expectations. They performed at least comparably to, if not better than the more expensive sticks they used in the past. The stick has also performed VERY well in our Pure Hockey Stick Challenge, where players don’t know what brand they are using.

The “True Prototype” was a disguised version of the new True XCORE 9 hockey stick, and all of us here at Pure Hockey who tested it out were thoroughly impressed. So let’s start with what’s new and different about the XCORE.


What to Expect When You Come Out of Hockey Retirement


Time to come out of retirement – relive the glory days and join a league.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been away from the hockey rink for an extended period of time and miss playing the greatest game on earth. Tack on a winter like we’ve just experienced here in Massachusetts, and you were probably snowed in for far too long which prompted your wife telling you to go find a hobby (aka, get the heck out of my face).

For me, I was three years removed from the game; prior to this mini-retirement was an extended layout that last over a decade. I moved into a new home in 2013, sold off most of my equipment after playing my ‘final’ game the year before — keeping just my skates, gloves and stick.

Well, you guessed it, I was told by the boss at home to find a hobby right before starting my new gig at Pure Hockey, so the logical thing of course was to buy some new gear and get back on the ice. Now with two games under my belt, here are some friendly forewarnings and advice of what to expect during and after Game 1.