How NHL Players Train & Why They Choose HockeyShot

Nobody knows how to keep their game sharp like an All-Star NHL Hockey Player. HockeyShot has a long-standing relationship with some of the best of the best in the NHL, and is always pumped to be able to help them improve their training. We’ve gathered some of our favorite NHL Hockey players to give us their thoughts on the new Hockey Shot Product Line Up.

If you don’t know John Tavares you may be living under a rock. After being selected first overall by the New York Islanders in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Tavares went on to become Captain of the New York Islanders and has arguably become one of the top ice hockey players in the NHL. Recently he signed a 7-year, $77 million deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs, his hometown team.

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John plays center so he knows a thing or two about needing to train all aspects of your game to stay on top. John especially loves the Hockey Shot Passer Pro.

“I’m always looking for an edge to my game. HockeyShot products, like the Passer Pro, are great to help keep my puck handling & shooting sharp during the summer. All of their products help me to prepare better for the next season.”
— When asked, John told us

Next up we have one of the darlings of Finnish hockey, Aleksander Barkov. The son of a former Russian national team member, Barkov was chosen as the 2nd overall pick in 2013 by the Florida Panthers. He is an offensive threat and an absolute inspiration for any youngsters looking to get excited about playing ice hockey.

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One of the reasons Barkov plays with such high confidence is he knows the power of at home training. HockeyShot has been right alongside Barkov, helping him develop his skills and get him ready for the NHL level.

“I have always been a big fan of shooting pucks during the summer. HockeyShot products took it to another level. Now, I’m not only shooting pucks… I can dribble, pass, sauce and practice one timers. Allstar tiles are amazingly slick and you just can’t get any closer to real ice feeling.  Overall, the products are a lot of fun and help preparing me for on-ice situations.”
— As Aleksander said himself

Fun and training? Sounds like a win-win to us!

Continuing the pedigree, we have Jordan Staal. A native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Jordan grew up playing hockey with his three brothers on the outdoor rink built by their father. All 4 boys later grew up to become massive ice hockey threats, with all of them making their NHL debut between 2003-2013.

Jordan was selected at No. 2 in the NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2006 and took home the biggest prize of all in 2009 after winning the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins. After 6 years with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Jordan signed a 10-year, $60 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2012, later being named co-captain alongside Justin Faulk. Jordan Staal continues to be an incredible threat and legacy both on and off the ice.

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One of the only ways you can make it as far as the Staal brothers is with the help of proper training aids. Even if you have a backyard rink, there is no comparison to having the right gear. One of Jordan’s favorite Hockey Shot Products is the Passer Pro. As he said, “The HS Passer Pro is a fantastic training aid! I was impressed at the high quality and strong puck rebound, it allows me to work on my passes and fire one-timers at home during the off-season. Their training aids are now an essential part of my off-ice training. Join the HS revolution, I did!”

It takes passion, hard work and most importantly training, to achieve your goals of playing in the NHL. The Hockey Shot Product Line Up can get you there, so pick up your gear today and start playing for your game of a lifetime!

HockeyShot Synthetic Ice – Revolution Tiles Review

Today stickhandling specialist Pavel Barber is putting the HockeyShot Synthetic Ice Revolution Tiles to the test. Think you can’t skate and do all the edge work you need to up your game on synthetic ice? Think again.

Starting off with some skating drills using the HockeyShot Speed Dekes , everyone is quick to see just how similar skating on these tiles are to ice. You can trust your edges just like you would on real ice and do all the same hockey training drills. As opposed to rollerblade training, the HockeyShot Synthetic Ice Revolution Tiles allows you to do real edge work drills like you would on the ice.

What an incredible feeling it is to be able to train in your t-shirt and shorts! The HockeyShot Synthetic Ice Revolution Tiles have a huge benefit to your off ice training time, helping you develop tough skills. With a synthetic ice surface in home, training has never been easier and allows you to nail down the little details by mastering tough skills much faster.

“These are such fun drills to do, kids when they are training on off ice surfaces like this, they’re just having fun, they don’t realize they are training, the hours add up, and they are always really focused cause they are enjoying themselves. That’s why I love the Synthetic Ice Tiles” (13:06)

Pavel explains the incredible feeling he gets from skating on the Synthetic Ice Revolution Tiles and runs through lots of different drills you can perfect using your at home training area. If you are looking to practice team drills, the HockeyShot Extreme Defender is your go to practice companion. Never fear, solo trainers can make great use of the HockeyShot Passer Pro.



One of the things that sets the HockeyShot Revolution Synthetic Ice Tiles apart is our interlocking puzzle piece system that allows you to attach the boards however you like – there is no wrong way! The tiles are also made with a honeycomb design which makes them super lightweight for easy transport as well as ultra-durable.

Another way HockeyShot is changing the game is with our newly created Puck Stopper Edging, which is a game changer in the synthetic ice world. This edging makes it seamless to stickhandle off and on the tiles. Pavel loves these because you aren’t wasting any time getting pucks and can help you have a more positive relationship with training.

Practicing on your own is the only sure-fire way to up your game. It is important to have quality training time both on and off the ice to master your skills and excel at the fastest rate possible. You can turn yourself into a dangerous scoring threat by logging quality hours on your Synthetic Ice Revolution Tiles, so pick some up today.

HockeyShot Dryland Tiles Review – New Vs Old

HockeyShot’s Bench Boss Jeremy Rupke is putting the new HockeyShot Dryland Flooring Tiles Allstar Edition to the test. Coach Jeremy has been using the old HockeyShot Dryland Flooring Tiles for a while now, so we thought we’d give him the all new set to see how well they stacked up to his used ones. Coach Jeremy tests our Allstar Tiles on their ease of assembly, durability and glide.



The biggest difference that Coach Jeremy loved about the new tiles was their puzzle piece design, created specifically for easy assembly. Say goodbye to loops and hooks because these new tiles are a breeze to put together and can be arranged in any pattern. Coach Jeremy recommends a few different patterns in the video to help maximize your space for how you train.

Coach Jeremy tests the new Dryland Flooring Tiles Allstar Edition durability by a good old-fashioned slash down. Watch him attack our Dryland Flooring Allstar Tiles with the ‘Crosby Finger Chopper’ (warning, do not try this at home!) and see how well both the new and old HockeyShot Dryland Flooring Tiles Allstar Edition hold up. Our super strong plastic does not give in to any cracks or breaks. Hockey Shot has even added a matte finish, instead of the industry glossy finish, for prolonged glide and durability.

In addition to the Dryland Flooring Allstar Tiles, Coach Jeremy suggests Extreme Passers or a Slide Board Pro to help you take your at home training to the next level. If you are looking for an amazing way to train at home, then you have come to the right place. Coach Jeremy puts the pressure on the Hockey Shot Dryland Flooring Tiles Allstar Edition and they hold up great.

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To make sure you have the product that is just right for you, the HockeyShot Dryland Flooring Tiles Allstar Edition are made with thick, durable plastic, have interlocking puzzle piece connections with teeth for added stability, and a smooth surface for easy gliding. These tiles are the easiest way to strap on skates at home and help you improve your technical hockey skills.

Must Have Hockey Training Gear of 2017

For hockey enthusiasts like us, it could be 38°C (100°F for our American friends) with the humidity in July, or -38°C (-36°F) in February; we’re always looking for opportunities to pass and shoot the puck! You can’t always gather enough friends for a game of 3 on 3, and sometimes your kid sister is the most talented kid in the neighborhood to strap on the goalie pads. If you’ve got the right gear, then it’s game on, right?

… Unless you’re playing road hockey, and a CAR comes. First, you let it pass. Then it’s game on again!

The HockeyShot team, with help from our loyal customers and friends voted for our top products for 2017. Take a read through our list – these products are proven effective for rookies and pros alike.

HS Synthetic Ice Revolution Tiles

Just because the hockey season is over, and the pond thawed a couple of months ago doesn’t mean you can’t strap on your skates and play shinny with your buddies. Our Synthetic Ice Revolution Tiles are lightweight, snap together fast, and don’t need any lubrication – you can skate on them right out of the box. If you lay Revolution Tiles out in your garage for rainy days, you can park your car right on them. Don’t risk leaving your 1971 Mustang Sports-roof (A.K.A. Eleanor) outside at night – somebody might take it for a 60-second joy ride!

You don’t need to set up boards for a friendly game – you can keep the puck in play with our Puck Stopper Edging. Whether it’s hot or cold outside, you can practice power skating, stopping, take shots on net and feel like you’re skating on a smooth sheet of ice. Want more details on Synthetic Revolution Ice Tiles? Jump on this link for a demonstration video, dimensions, and answers to some of the questions our customers asked before they bought their set of tiles.

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Both the tiles and edging are available with quantity discounts, so the bigger your synthetic ice surface, the more you save. The tiles are 18” x 18” in terms of coverage area, and about a half an inch thick, for a durable surface to practice.

HS Dryland Flooring Tiles – Allstar Edition

We’ve been selling Dryland Flooring tiles for quite a while now, and we’ve sold a lot of them. Since they’re so popular, we’ve raised the quality bar even higher with the Allstar Edition. You don’t have to be an elite hockey player or skater to use them, but it will help you down the road to being one. You won’t lose the use of your basement if you install these tiles on the floor because they are resistant to stick handling and textured for resilience. Also makes for a great rec-room surface.

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Whether you set up your tiles in your garage, basement, or the gym at school – these Allstar Edition Flooring Tiles are good for inside, outside and are weather-resistant. They assemble fast so you can spend less time building your practice surface, and more time training to be an all-star when you can’t get to the arena. You don’t need to smear liquids or goops on these tiles, they are ready for use once fastened together, with or without the Puck Stopper Edging.

Here’s a link to find out more about these Allstar Dryland Flooring tiles

HS Extreme Hockey Radar

Do you ever get tired of neighborhood kids walking by when you’re taking shots on net in your driveway? You know the type, they say “Gosh, Mister, how fast was that shot? You must have been in the NHL, or something. I’ve never seen anyone shoot that hard!” Whether you are tired of that, or maybe you wish they would start saying that, the Extreme Hockey Radar is a great way to showcase your shooting prowess.

You could be sniping shots alone, or maybe you’re a coach training your team to score more goals. Either way, the bright LED display and announcement features make it easy to discover your shot speed, and the speed recall feature lets you compare up to ten shots to track or compare your progress vs other players.

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Want to see how the Extreme Hockey Radar device works, with its sturdy tripod and bold digital display? Here’s a link, but you’ll have to check your internet speed somewhere else, our radar’s for hockey pucks and lacrosse balls.

HS Slide Board Pro

To build up your leg muscles, enhance your balance and endurance, and improve your skating skills, you can’t go wrong with the Slide Board Pro. It’s fun to use, adjustable to different lengths, and comes with a cool set of booties for extra slide-y goodness. You read that right – bootie, bootie, booties!

The Slide Board Pro iis a great way to practice your stride in your hotel before a game, in the lobby before a game, and in front of the fridge after a game. There are many workouts you can source from our friend Jeremy Rupke at How to Hockey, so you can increase your leg strength, balance, agility and even muscles in your core and arms. Get the deets on the Slide Board Pro, and its big brothers the G1 Extreme Slide Board and G1 Goaltender Edition Slide Board.

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If you want to improve your skating technique and power, we have Slide Boards in all sorts of shape and sizes. You can add passing kits and other accessories too for a more comprehensive workout.

DIY & Mini Sauce Combos

If you want to work on your shot targeting, hacking away at a regulation sized net with a standard puck or a biscuit is pretty limiting. If you dragged a regular net to your local park, you’ll have lots of fun, but who wants to drag a big net home when your arms are rubbery from sniping shots for hours?

Or if you’re playing on your driveway on asphalt, your stick will be a tape shredded, wood-splintered mess in no time. Our DIY Sauce Combo and Mini Sauce Combo sets include a shooting pad to protect your stick, the Sauce Catcher to catch your pucks, a lightweight biscuit and a set of HockeyShot standard pucks. At poolside? Rock the Mini Sauce Combo and shoot biscuits into the Sauce Catcher. Try that with your regulation net, and you’ll have to play scuba hockey. At the campground, beach or the cottage? Bring your Sauce Kit for hours of fun. Think you’d do that with your traditional net? Not likely.

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Improve your sharpshooting skills with the Puck Catcher and play games like Hockey Golf, H-O-R-S-E or just impress your friends with your speed and accuracy. Got a family barbecue coming up? Everyone will want you to bring the DIY Sauce Combo, and you’ll get out of doing dishes!

Do you agree that these products are the best hockey training gear for your needs? If you’ve found something else which has raised your on-ice or off-ice training routine, let us know. We love hockey as much as you do, and we want to continue to bring you the equipment and advice which helps you meet your playing performance goals. We will see you on social media!

Fun Hockey Game – DIY Sauce Combo

Hockey Game with Steven Wong

Steven Wong of Wongmania tests out one of HockeyShot’s newest products; the DIY Sauce Combo. This saucy training aid provides two options. First, it can come in a single unit, which includes: (1) Sauce Catcher, (1) HS Junior Shooting Pad and (3) HS Pucks. The second option is a double unit, which provides double the fun. Basically, it comes how it sounds (2) Sauce Catcher, (2) HS Junior Shooting Pads and (6) HS Pucks.



The DIY Sauce Combo is a high quality product that can played absolutely anywhere. The DIY Sauce Combo can be played and enjoyed by hockey players of all ages and skill levels. As seen in the video, both of Steven Wong’s kids demonstrate their skills by executing the perfect sauce pass into a moving Puck Catcher Pro. Using an escalade as a prop is just one extreme example of how creative you can be with HockeyShot’s DIY Sauce Combo. Be the most popular person at that next backyard BBQ and show off the skills you have perfected by using this fun and innovative training aid. HockeyShot’s finished product of the DIY Sauce Combo will be as visually stunning as the quality of the sauce kit itself. The HS Shooting pad will be finished with graphics that will replicate that of an actual hockey rink surface. Furthermore, you will be able to secure the Puck Catcher Pro to the actual HS Shooting Pad with pegs that will insert
into the pad itself. There is even talks of a smaller Shooting Pad than the Junior which will provide the minimal space needed to launch a saucer pass across the yard! HockeyShot’s DIY Sauce Combo is just one of the many training products that will step-up your game. Visit HockeyShot.com to learn more and pick up the DIY Sauce Combo today!

HockeyShot DIY Sauce Combo in the Mountains

In the Mountains With Jeremy Weiss

Jeremy Weiss of Weiss Tech Hockey takes his skills to the Mountains and beyond to test out HockeyShot’s DIY Sauce Combo. This saucer pass training aid is a fun, innovative product that allows all hockey players to practice and perfect their saucing skills. The DIY Sauce Combo provides two options. First, it can come in a single unit, which includes: (1) Sauce Catcher, (1) HS Junior Shooting Pad and (3) HS Pucks. The second option is a double unit, which provides double the fun. Basically, it comes how it sounds (2) Sauce Catcher, (2) HS Junior Shooting Pads and (6) HS Pucks.



As seen in the video, Jeremy is using HockeyShot’s prototype of the DIY Sauce Combo. However, HockeyShot’s finished product (set to launch by 2016 holidays) will come with graphics on the Shooting Pad that will replicate that of an actual hockey rink surface. Jeremy shows that HockeyShot’s DIY Sauce Combo can be played and enjoyed absolutely anywhere. Going for a trip up to the mountains? Or to soak up the sun on a beach day with friends and family? Add to the fun by bringing HockeyShot’s DIY Sauce Combo. The sauce kit itself is very portable and can be played anywhere. Challenge yourself or friends to a saucing contest. Sauce over/ under objects or even attempt to sauce over a river like Jeremy Weiss himself. Pick up HockeyShot’s DIY Sauce Combo at HockeyShot.com and don’t forget to check out other fun and innovative training aids to improve your game!

Off-Ice Training Dryland Tiles Review

It’s common knowledge by now that to evolve your hockey game you need to practice your skills even when you’re off the ice. This has become increasingly simple thanks to a wealth of new products and services available to anyone trying to take their game to the next level.





This video reviews HockeyShot Flooring Tiles, an ice-simulated surface that allows you to practice anything from receiving a pass to firing a shot on goal. The tiles come in 18 by 18 inch squares, and can be purchased in any quantity you desire. This is perfect for people who have different sized areas where they want to practice. No matter what your need is, HockeyShot has you covered, literally!

Perfect for Any Skill Level!

We recommend starting out with at least 10 tiles, so you have a decent area to get comfortable with the puck, while also being able to practice your shot. The most impressive part of HockeyShot tiles is how easy they are to assemble. You simply line up the matching ends of each tile, and with just the pressure of your hand snap the pieces together to give you an instant practice surface.

Extra Durable

These hockey training tiles are worth the investment alone in durability. They’re perfect for the garage or driveway, and can even withstand the weight of a parked car. They don’t require any upkeep or maintenance other than the occasional sweep to keep the simulated ice surface ideal. If you do notice any wear or tear on your tiles, simply use a furniture cleaner to return that shine to your surface.

Easy Installation

What’s so great about the versatility of this surface and the lock-together mechanism of the tiles is that you can use them for anything. Whether you buy 10 or 100, there’s always a way to take advantage. If your surface is large enough, you can set up multiple stations to practice your stick handling, invite a friend over to practice crisp passes, or hammer away at the net with your best slap shot. Check out Jeremy Rupke’s video on how to install the HS Tiles to see for yourself how easy it is!

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There is no maximum or minimum order size for the tiles, which means you never need to feel pressured into buying more. HockeyShot tiles are perfect for any skill level, which makes them a great investment for anyone from serious players to house-league hockey families!

Shooter Tutor Review from HockeyShot

A great man once said, “You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take…”

So what are YOU waiting for? Grab a bag of pucks and stick and start practicing your shots on the HS Extreme Shooter Tutor! All hockey players LOVE the feeling of SCORING GOALS and this HS product helps you get there! With eleven target holes to aim for instead of five it doesn’t take long before you’re comfortable raising your arms above your head and celebrating the game winning goal!

Check out this video review by Jeremy Weiss. He’s also got a shooting tips video coming out soon so stay tuned hockey fans!





This heavy duty nylon tarp fits over the mouth of any standard hockey net. Its durability can handle your hardest slap shot but it’s light enough to carry with you no matter where you decide to practice. The unique bungee/steel wire attachment is designed for easy installation for any age. When you miss your target the tarp projects juicy rebounds to clean up in and around the net. Use the system regularly and you’ll become a scoring threat and rebounding specialist from anywhere on the ice! The best part is, goal posts remain fully exposed so you always hear that sweet “PING” sound of BAR-DOWN or BAR-IN!

Combine the HS Shooter Tutor with:

HS Extreme Shooter Tutor

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Use the HS Extreme Shooter Tutor regularly and you’ll become a scoring threat and a rebounding specialist from anywhere on the ice!


Visit the HS Shooter Tutor page

HS Extreme Goal & Backstop Review

When you’re looking to train at home on days you can’t be at the rink, the last thing you want to worry about is damaging the car in the garage or driveway, or even worse, putting a hole through the 60” big screen television in the basement. The HockeyShot Extreme Goal & Backstop Combo, a 4’ x 6’ regulation-sized net with an extra 2.5’ netted backstop, will give you peace of mind from damaging the home while getting in some extra training.

This is a great new product that is similar (yet more durable) than the Easy Goal & Backstop, another great product available here on Hockeyshot.com. The set up is much the same, with parts coming right out of the box neatly sorted and pretty self-explanatory. You will not be throwing screwdrivers and cursing at your spouse like you do while putting together products from a well-known Swedish furniture store we all love and hate. Offering easy pushpin installation (located on the backside of the unit so it won’t get dinged by pucks), the thick piping on both the goal and backstop provide a solid construction, while the polyester UV protected netting guarantees a long-lasting and sustainable product. Setting up the frame first, followed by the netting and backstop, total assembly time should take about two and a half hours. That’s half hour for the goal and backstop, and two hours just for the netting. It’s easy but takes some time, so don’t let that discourage you.

With netting on both sides (about 11 feet wide) and across the top, the set up makes it nearly impossible for even the most incapable shooter to miss the netting. It’s fairly simple to string in during set up, with little red flags positioned to help you keep things straight. Running two strings of netting, it’s easiest to start by knotting them in the middle then pulling one side to the left and down, and the other pulled to the right, down and around. Be sure to go every single eyelet on the net so there are no gaps left open for a puck to sneak through. The netting set up is simple but a little tedious, so feel free to go every other hole on the meshing for the backstop if you want to save some time. It’s secured with bungee cord, so no need to worry about it flying loose.

The nice thing about the HS Extreme Goal with Backstop is that you can practice your shooting straight on, or adjust the backstop by turning it inwards so you can also practice your corner shots. The top meshing stays intact and doesn’t move along with the sides, which allows you to work on different aspects of your shot.

If you’re looking for a great accessory to maximize your training with this product, the HockeyShot Extreme Goal Targets are available on our website for $24.95. Set those up and fire away!

HS Extreme Goal with Backstop works for all ages, providing range large and easy enough for players just starting out, and offering stability solid enough to withstand the stronger and more experienced shooters.

Even the pros can testify to the quality of this product. John Tavares, captain of the New York Islanders, says:

“I’m always looking for an edge to my game. HockeyShot products, like the HS Extreme Goal with Backstop, are great to help keep my puck handling & shooting sharp during the summer. All of their products help me to prepare better for the next season.”

 

HS Extreme Goal with BackStop

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Training at home? Protect your house, your car and your neighbours with the HockeyShot Extreme Goal & Backstop combo, a 4′ x 6′ regulation-size net with a 78″ tall by 30″ wide backstop that protects whatever’s behind it from scuffing or worse.


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Teakle Brothers Testimonial on HockeyShot’s Synthetic Ice

Toronto’s Teakle brothers are two large, strong, savvy hockey coaches. Sean Teakle is the Head Coach of the Hill Academy hockey team, and his brother Justin is the Head Coach and Head Hockey instructor of the Toronto Patriots hockey team.





Sean has coached some great talent like recent Edmonton Oiler first rounder Connor McDavid. His brother Justin played with not-so-shy Montreal Canadiens star PK Subban. Both are Pro Hockey instructors and know how to train high-calibre players.

The Teakle brothers took some time out of their schedule to talk to HockeyShot and WongMania fitness guru Stephen J Wong. Stephen pointed out that some of the best athletes to ever strap on the blades have installed HockeyShot synthetic ice surfaces in their home:

  • Jason Spezza
  • John Tavares
  • Bobby Ryan
  • Figure skating great, and Olympic medallist Elvis Stojko

Sean said “I really think you can really transfer the skills you learn on the HockeyShot.com Synthetic ice can transfer over to your own ice. I could feel the resistance on it, and you can transfer the skills you learn…I think it will make my job two times easier. You feel like there is more resistance when you are skating, and you feel like you might fall forward, fall backwards, or fall sideways at times, and it makes you work harder”

Justin mentioned to skate on the HockeyShot artificial ice surface, you have to keep your hips down tight, your knees bent, and your shoulders back. He says “you have to be in a perfect hockey stance permanently to maintain balance”.

Sean agreed with Justin, and felt that using the HockeyShot practice surface would teach you to have more explosive starts, and skate harder on the ice.

Take it from the pros: the synthetic ice surface from HockeyShot gives players at any stage of their game a great workout, more jump in their stride, and challenges you to hone your posture and stride while manoeuvering around the familiar confines of your basement or garage space. No sprays, lubricants or chemicals required!

HockeyShot Synthetic Ice

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Take home-ice advantage to a whole new level with HockeyShot’s Extreme Glide Synthetic Ice, the closest surface to real ice on the market.


Visit the HockeyShot Synthetic Ice page