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- Fit matters most
Noted: remember to wear the skate socks you are going to wear during skating if you want to try on a new hockey skate.
Firstly, use your regular shoe size. It will be the simplest way if your regular shoe size is correct. It’s recommended to choose a skate box size half to one size below your regular size.
Secondly, you can do measurements and check the size chart as well. Just make sure you wear skate socks you’re going to put on to play hockey and measure in millimeters (mm) for length. If you have no width problems with normal footwear, it’s recommended to choose a D/regular fitting.
- Practice how to balance yourself on the edges of blades.
If you decide to stand on the ice, remember to stay low and bend your knees while keeping your head and chest up and centered to maintain your balance. You can also keep a wide stance for stable standing. The ideal width is your shoulder width. Besides, always lean on the inside edges of your skates. It can protect you from sliding.
- Start moving on the ice rink.
Start pushing back once the two hockey skates are in their right positions. The power generated by pushing back will make you glide forward fast. Remember that as you glide, your right leg should be back under your body. At the same time, angle your left hockey skate at 45°and then push back to continue gliding.
You can repeat the steps mentioned above to keep skating on the ice.
- Study how to skate backward.
Before we proceed to tips on skate lacing, let’s first make sure you know the types of laces available.
Generally, there are two types of laces on the market: waxed lace and non-waxed lace. The former comes with a thin layer of wax, making it feel a little tacky, sticky, and hard to tie, and giving the lace a good grip on the eyelets; while the latter is standard rope laces, similar to what you would find on trainers, sneakers, etc. It’s suitable for experienced hockey players in skates tying.
As to lacing techniques, there are five types for you to choose from:
- Under lacing
- Over lacing
- Lock lacing
- Partial lacing
- Double-crossing lacing
Firstly, get the necessary items, including your hockey skates, a standard oven, baking sheet, oven mitt, soft non-abrasive ground or carpet, and chair.
Then heat the standard oven to 175 degrees. While heating, you should loosen all the laces, slightly pull the skates’ tongue out, and leave the top eyelets empty.
Remember to turn off the oven first if you want to put the hockey skates inside to avoid melting or ruining your skates because of the unequal distribution.
The skate should be placed on the baking sheet and then put inside with the oven mitt. Quickly close the oven to keep the heat inside.
Wait for about five minutes, and then pull the hockey skate out with the mitt. Please put it on the chair placed on the soft, non-abrasive ground or the carpet. Pull the laces of the skate sideways to tie it up.
Wait for another 15 minutes for the skate to mold to the foot shape of the player. Don’t move your feet or walk around during this process. After that, take the skate off and give it a loose tie. Then leave it aside to cool the boots while keeping the mold created.