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Must haves' when you show up at the rink. Besides all your regular gear, bring: Shampoo, sock tape, hockey tape, water bottle, dark and light jerseys, second stick, towel.
Other usefull items for your bag. Sharpening stone (fix nicks in skate blades), extra laces, piece of carpet, sandals, small tools (screwdriver, sissors, pliers)
Buying skates There seems to be general recognition that there are two types of feet for skaters: "CCM" vs. "Bauer". Apparently, you are either one or the other, but rarely are both.  All the rest are apparently poor imitations…
Breaking in new skates Good quality skates nowadays are heat fitted, eliminating the need to go out of your way or suffering for a year to break them in before you can comfortably wear them.  Just in case, a few tips (a.k.a. "old wives tales") on breaking them in more quickly: 1.Soak them in hot water then wear them around the house.  2.Keep them damp until they feel broken in.    Once broken in, make sure you keep your skates dry between games so that any leather parts don't rot out.
Skate maintenance Skates are your biggest equipment expense typically. In the past, breaking in new skates was an ordeal that took many months, although the custom fit technology is reducing that significantly.  To get the most life from your skates:  1. Keep them dry between games.  2. Keep them sharp. How often you get them done depends on how much you play, and how sharp you like them.  3. Keep a small sharpening stone in your bag to remove burrs or nicks in the edges before you play.  4.Playing with or without socks on is a personal choice, although socks provide better sweat absorption and extend the life of the skate.
Stick taping 1. Tape the blade from " Heal to Toe-to get no snow"  2. Typically retape sticks when the bottom edge tape gets frayed.  3.There is no clear proof, but anecdotal information says that taping the knob of your stick with white instead of black tape will reduce wear on the palm of your gloves.
When to buy a new stick 1. When the heel of your stick gets fuzzy, you may notice that shots feel weaker than when the stick was new…Good time to get a new peg.  2.Try not to buy sticks in summer-usally they are dried out and break easily. 3.Moulded sticks are nice if you can afford them.
Emergency skate repairs Keep a small sharpening stone in your hockey back to hone the nicks or burrs off of your blades. This doesn’t replace sharpening, but will get you through a game or two.  If a broken lace can't be repaired, you may have luck borrowing one from somebody who took the advice to keep an extra set in his bag.
Using sock tape Either one or two loops, or the 'barber pole' wrap method are both good. Around the ankle if you need extra support. Stick tape works in a pinch, but doesn’t stretch much so it can cut off your circulation.
Visor anti-fog techniques Use most clear liquid soap or shampoos, rubbed on thinly on the inner surface with a cloth.

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