What Is Synthetic Ice & What Are the Advantages

If you are a coach, avid hockey player or community center manager, you are fortunate enough to be investigating artificial ice when the product is better than it ever has been! Imagine the floor of your basement, garage, or a fitness room covered in a pure white material. It is made of interlocking panels which are made of a material called VHMW-PE (Very High Molecular Weight Polyethylene). Read and remember that well, there will be a quiz later!

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If you are looking for other options, our Dryland Flooring Tiles work quite well for hockey practice. You can drive on it, but you can’t skate on it. It is slick though, so you can simulate skating when you wear socks or special booties. There are other Synthetic Ice products on the market, but our customers, partners and pro athletes who have tried it tell us our product delivers greater value and a greater skating experience. If you want to become a better hockey player, HockeyShot has you covered.

Here’s how our Synthetic Ice conversations often go…

You: “Great. Pure white flooring tiles. I can just imagine all the scratches, stains and bumps in it. My storage barn isn’t exactly level either.”

HS: “Actually, our Extreme Glide Synthetic Ice is very resilient to skate blades, scuffs and scratches. It is self-lubricating, so you don’t have to wax the floor, or use liquid chemicals to condition it like some other artificial ice surfaces.”

You: “Is it even close to the smoothness and slipperiness of ice? Or will I feel like I’m skating through beach sand or oatmeal?”

HS: “Our Ice That Doesn’t Melt is made with the best (technical details alert) coefficient levels of friction on the market. The hardest part of skating on it is the takeoff, once in motion, it feels like the real thing! Our Synthetic Ice has been tested at 10-15% more friction than natural ice. The Ottawa Senators, one of only eight teams to make it to the second round of the 2017 NHL playoffs use it. EA Sports is a video game company. They use it for when they want to study how real hockey players play the game!

You: “You said the surface is made of interlocking panels. Won’t my skates, or my team’s’ skates rip open the tiles at the seams?”

HS: “Nope! Our Dovetail interlocking panels stay locked tight, far better than other artificial ice products on the market with spline or square edge connections. Once you get a few skate marks on the ice you can’t even tell where the seams are.”

You: “My daughter and I are hockey players, but my son and wife are into figure skating. Can they use it to practice their double loops and camel spins?”

HS: “Absolutely! Skaters of all levels can use the Extreme Glide Synthetic Ice. For beginners though, we recommend they wear a helmet and protective gear like elbow and shin pads. Our materials are between ⅜ and ¾ of an inch, but between the slipperiness of the surface and the hardness of the ground beneath it, safety precautions are recommended just like on natural ice. They can skate backwards, forwards, and make hard stops. We do recommend not using the picks on figure skates to maximize the longevity of your synthetic ice setup.”

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You: “OK, so I imagine you can take a shot on Synthetic Ice, and make a pass. But is it possible to stickhandle? And if I put this outside, will it be damaged from the sun or weather?”

HS: “You can definitely stickhandle like you do on ice. You should check out our YouTube video. It will amaze you what you can do. Our Synthetic Ice is denser than other products on the market, and for the most part, all you have to do to maintain it is sweep/ vacuum it occasionally to keep sand and other materials off it. You could even use a pressure washer and it wouldn’t damage your panels. Plus, stay stress-free if you install your synthetic ice panels outside because our panel is UV protected.”

You: “How long will the artificial ice last? We have a lot of skaters in the family.”

HS: “Usually our product will last between seven and ten years, per side! That’s right, you can use both sides of the panels, and they are quite resilient over the long term. Depending on frequency of use, and the number of skaters that use it of course.”

You: “What if I have to trim some of the panels for installation? Do I need to hire a pro, or buy special tools for that? I’m not really good with ceramic tiles or hardwood flooring. Could I install this with my brother? He’s a little handier than I am, but not much.”

HS: “Yes, you can install our Synthetic Ice product quite easily. If you have a rubber mallet, a measuring tape and a skill saw, you can install HockeyShot Synthetic Ice easier and faster than you might think. We provide you with clear instructions, and our interlocking tabs makes it easy. If you check out the HockeyShot web page, you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions, videos, pricing guide, and information about our Incentive Program promotion.”

You: “Sounds great! Thanks for all the information. I can’t wait to install Synthetic Ice in my storage barn. My family and friends will love it. Let’s get started.”

The Cost of Building a Synthetic Ice Rink

Do you want to set up a practice surface in your basement for hockey workouts year long, or are you tired of mowing your back lawn? A synthetic ice rink can be an excellent way to organize a great environment for skating practice or for keeping your hockey skills sharp when you can’t book ice time at your local rink.

You might be skeptical of buying and installing Synthetic Ice, but if you compare these alternatives, the price will seem a lot more affordable!

Consider the cost of:

  • Renting an ice surface
  • The time required to build, maintain and take apart a backyard rink in the winter
  • Playing roller hockey in an organized league
  • Not playing hockey at all, and playing golf (with players eliminated from the playoffs)
  • Getting an expensive gym membership and personal trainer
  • Sitting on a lawn chair all off-season, on the couch between games and practices, and being cut from competitive play

In all seriousness though, there are many options to purchase the materials you need to build a Synthetic Ice practice surface. There are variables, and associated costs for:

  • Total synthetic ice rink area, typical size ranges from 8’ x 20’ and 20’ x 40’
  • Synthetic Ice thickness between ⅜ of an inch and ¾ of an inch, depending on whether the rink is going to be set up in a residential or commercial setting
  • Whether you are looking for a Synthetic Ice rink you can use skates on, or Dryland Flooring Tiles which you would use with your sneakers and frictionless booties.

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With these different options, you can purchase the materials for a Synthetic Ice rink for prices starting at $1,230 (CAD) for an 8’ x 20’ surface which is ⅜ of an inch thick to $6,675 (CAD) for a ½ inch thick, 20’ x 40’ surface. The HockeyShot team wants to help as many of our customers as possible to elevate their game with Synthetic Ice that we offer an Incentive Program (Earn 5% Back) to customers which enables you to get free products from HockeyShot to get even more value for your Synthetic Ice investment.

Since our Extreme Glide Synthetic Ice lasts on average 15-20 years, we know you will need lots of training products to keep active!

Dryland Flooring Tiles – Allstar ★ Edition

If Synthetic Ice surfaces are out of your budget range, or if you are interested in an indoor/ outdoor surface which can be assembled, disassembled and reassembled with ease – you should check out: HockeyShot’s Dryland Flooring Tiles. Not everyone can monopolize their basement for hockey practice, or skating practice for Elvis Stojko wannabes. Dryland Flooring Tiles range in price between $940 CAD for a 8’ x 20’ and $4,420 CAD for a 20’ x 40’ space.

If you are looking to lay down tiles in your garage where you park your car, or in a basement where people will be walking on it, these Dryland Flooring Tiles are extremely durable and highly resistant. No need to pay for a garage extension, and these tiles are easy to clip together and maintain inside or outside (weather resistant and UV protected).





Is Synthetic Ice Worth the Price?

Jeremy Rupke from How To Hockey & The Hockey Movement says Extreme Glide Synthetic Ice is “awesome” for stickhandling, shooting and passing and great for skating on. You can use both sides of HockeyShot’s Synthetic Ice, it’s self-lubricating, and lasts between six and ten years, depending on frequency and severity of use. Competing products are often inferior and require special lubrication liquid, the material shreds with use, and dulls skate blades faster.

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Coaches, community centers and other commercial organizations can purchase the thicker grade synthetic ice for heavier use. Spreading the cost to more people can help to purchase larger surfaces with thicker density, especially where arenas have abundant amounts of floor area.

Ready for an off-ice hockey workout that is as close to on-ice as you can get without the cold temperatures? Check out our website or contact us for a custom quote.

You won’t regret purchasing The Ice That Doesn’t Melt!

How to play hockey, and have fun doing it

Learning how to play hockey well is a great way to learn how to succeed at life. Some of the lessons hockey teaches kids and even adults include:

  • Teamwork
  • Confidence
  • Being gracious in defeat and humble in victory
  • Discipline
  • Trust
  • Goal setting (and achievement)

If you are a parent, or a coach helping children or young adults learn how to play the game, it’s important to keep these important lessons in mind. Building skills like skating, passing, shooting and stickhandling is a great way to reach all these goals.

Here are seven fundamental areas of the game of hockey which will make for great players, and awesome people.

1. The Ice Surface

Just like how Daniel had to learn to paint a fence and wax a car before he became the Karate Kid, a hockey player needs to know the ice surface before they can become a competent player. Most rinks in North America follow NHL specifications of 200 feet × 85 feet and a corner radius of 28 feet. It’s got Zamboni doors on one end, penalty boxes on one side, and team benches on the opposing side. The boards are about 40-48 inches high, and topped on most of the perimeter (except for in front of the player benches) by panes of glass.

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There are several lines separating the zones on the ice surface:

  • The center red line, which splits the rink in half
  • Blue lines which mark each team’s end, and the neutral zone between the red and blue lines. The blue lines are 25 feet from the centerline, making the neutral zone 50 feet deep.
  • The face-off circles, one at centre ice for faceoffs (more on that soon) at the beginning of each game, period and after goals. There are four other face off circles, two in each end to the left, right and in front of the goal nets
  • Four face-off dots in the neutral zone for when players are offside (you’ll read about that too) and/or play is stopped in the neutral zone for a penalty

You’ll often see colorful team logos or corporate advertising on the ice. When a player scores three goals, you will often see hats float to the ice from adoring fans.

2. Zones and Creases

You’ve already read about the neutral zone. The defensive zone is the area within the blue line back to the goal and beyond to the end boards, at each end of the rink. Goal nets are 4 feet tall x 6 feet wide (between the goal posts). The crease, (meaning the painted ice area immediately in front of the goal net) is 6 feet in diameter. Players are typically not supposed to enter the crease unless they are forced in by another player. The crease is meant to be a safe place (from players not slapshots) for goalies to play. The area immediately behind the net is called the trapezoid.

The goal lines (which cross the crease and when a puck crosses them, a goal is official) are 64 feet from the blue lines, and 11 feet from the end boards.

3. Player Roles

There are five active players on the ice at any given time, and each team can have as many as twenty players. The NHL allows as many as 23 players on each roster, and 16 players on the bench and ice combined. There are six players on the ice per team at any given time.

  • Three forward offensive players, including a Center (who handles faceoffs) and Left Wing and Right Wing players. Offensive forwards play defensively when required. Their responsibility is to get the puck up the ice, deep into the opposing team’s zone.
  • Two defensive players, who assist forwards in keeping the puck out of their end during the game, and work to keep the puck in their opponent’s end during the game. If they have a clear shot at the goal, they can take a shot and try to score, though they often move the puck to a forward, who are usually closer to the goal, and more likely to put the puck behind the person in the next bullet.
  • The goaltender, otherwise knowns as the goalie, netminder and other fond nicknames. They keep the puck out of the net, using their blocker glove, catching glove, stick, goalie leg pads, mask, chest or any part of the body (hopefully) protected by padding or hard plastic. Common target areas which forwards often snipe for are between a goalie’s legs (known as the 5-hole), as well as at the four corners of the goal net.

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Most of these players (except for the goalie) rotate on and off the ice with other sets of players who play similar roles. Each time period on the ice is called a “shift”, which varies in time between about forty seconds and two minutes. Coaches usually delegate when players are on and off the ice.

4. Rules and Penalties

One of the ways hockey generates character is by having a set of rules, and penalizing players who break those rules. The rules forbid actions like the following infractions which generally result in a player sitting in the penalty box for two – four minutes, depending on the severity.

  • Tripping a player with your hockey stick by hooking a skate leg with the blade of the stick
  • Hooking, which is slowing a player by placing the blade of your stick against an opposing player’s torso or arm.
  • High sticking is raising your stick above an opponent’s shoulders and striking their head, neck or shoulder area. If the player gets cut and draws blood the penalty doubles to four minutes. True story.
  • Cross checking is when a player holds their stick at the bottom of the shaft and at the knob end, and they push an opposing player to move them off the puck or just to be mean.
  • Delay of game, such as purposely flipping the puck over the glass, and into the bleachers during game time. Doing so before a game, to a child or attractive fan doesn’t incur a penalty. That only incurs smiles.
  • Fighting with opposing players can carry a penalty anywhere from five minutes to a full game misconduct or more, based on referee and/or a league executive’s discretion.
  • Boarding is when a player checks another player from behind into the boards, which can be dangerous and end in concussion or further injury.

Other penalties occur, such as knee on knee contact, too many players on the ice and unsportsmanlike conduct, which don’t happen as often. Some of these penalties incur more severe penalties or suspensions, depending on the level of play, and age of players in the amateur or professional tier of the game.

Penalty shots sometimes are delegated to a player who is unfairly removed from their attempt to score. Penalty shots offer a player a chance to challenge the goalie, one-on-one without interference from other forwards or defensive players. Penalties result in one of the five players outside the net to be removed from play, which often causes an unbalanced ratio of players, known as a power play (five players vs four). Teams that score goals when they have a player in the penalty box get a “shorthanded goal” which is much more impressive. Power play goals happen when the team with more players takes advantage of that situation and buries the puck in the net while the penalized player feels like a complete dummy.

5. Shooting, Stickhandling, Passing and Blocking the Puck

Moving the puck up and down the ice, and keeping it out of the ice takes some skillful stick work, weight transfer and hand-eye co-ordination. Shooting the puck occurs in either a slapshot, wristshot or snapshot. There are many techniques involved in shooting the puck, including building up potential energy in the stick and creating optimum shot velocity. We have many tips from experts and training equipment to help players make great shots at all experience levels. Scoring a goal, as indicated above, is getting the puck into the net behind the goalie.

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Stickhandling helps players to move the stick off the ice, while protecting it from opposing players, and creating confusion in a goaltender’s mind as to from which direction the puck will come from, and when the shot will take place. We’ve got many tips and tools for players to build their stickhandling. Passing the puck is how players move the puck to each other, vying to get the best possible angle and proximity to the net to score a goal. We’ve gathered stickhandling and passing tips and gear together to make things convenient.

Goalies need a whole set of specialized skills, practice gear and personality. We’ve gathered training tips and gear together under our Goalie section.

6. Mind, Body and Discipline

Hockey players need a healthy body to play their best game, and they need a sharp hockey mind. You can find some excellent advice and training aids to improve both by clicking on these links. Hockey players need strong muscles to skate quickly and explosively. They need aerobic stamina to perform well on the ice over a longer period. All these senses are important to hockey

  • Sight, to see the puck, other players and the net
  • Listening, for the whistle, teammates, referees and coaches.
  • Smell, to know when a sweaty defenseman is pursuing you on a breakaway
  • Touch, for the grip on the stick and the high fives when you score a goal
  • Taste, for the hot chocolate, hot dog or other celebratory food or beverage after a great game

7. Coaches and Referees

Taking direction and feedback from coaches, referees, senior players and parents is great practice for working with superiors and elders throughout life. Sometimes you just have to take a knee, swallow your pride and do what the coach tells you to win a game. Good practice for your future career.

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Hockeyshot’s goal is to help players at all levels to improve their skills, get more enjoyment from the game, and enhance their mental and physical fitness. Hockey is often called the “fastest game on Earth”. Improving your skills and reflexes for the game takes lots of practice, study and learning from your mistakes. We’ve got some great experts who know how to make improving your skills fun, and awesome gear to practice with.

Think we’ve missed something in our “How to Play Hockey” overview? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or Instagram. We’ve probably got the advice on one of our other channels, or our editor will add it here soon.

Off-Ice Hockey Training Gear for Goalies – Useful During Summer & Year-Round

When you watch an elite hockey goalie like Braden Holtby from the Washington Capitals, Frederik Andersen of the Toronto Maple Leafs, or Carey Price from the Montreal Canadiens, you know those guys hone their skills all year long. Goaltender summer training – or any off-ice conditioning program – requires specialized equipment which can be used at home, or on the go.

If you are a goalkeeper during the season, there are three good reasons you want quality off-ice hockey training gear:

  1. You want to impress your friends, so they will train with you more often.
  2. It’s best to train with equipment which will keep you safe, and simulate an ice rink experience, while sharpening your skills in the off-season.
  3. You want your gear to last as long as possible, and stand up to wrist shots, slap shots and wicked backhanders.

Thinking of gearing up like Casey Jones from the Ninja Turtles and challenging local kids to a game of road hockey to enhance your skills? Think again! Strap on some real pads, and enhance your workouts with some of these awesome off-ice goalie training tools:

G1 Extreme Slide Board – Goaltender Model

At the beginning of most hockey games, goalies like to get comfortable in their crease by pushing back and forth between the posts in front of their net. Not only does it look cool, but it’s an effective way for goaltenders to enhance their technique at gliding across the crease to stop the puck. The G1 Extreme Slideboard – Goaltender Model, with its slippery surface, sliding booties, push off stoppers, rotating blocks and leg pad sleeves are a great way for goalies to train their side shuffles, butterfly poses and other puck control maneuvers.


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Goalies know that on a surface like concrete or asphalt, they are impeded by friction and fear of road rash. The Slideboard is a close simulation to rink ice, and is great to practice stacking the pads, cutting off a rushing forward or closing that five hole. Remember that the Slideboard is quite slippery, so use caution and protect your head in case of a fall. A few sessions on this equipment is sure to make you a better hockey player.

SKLZ Reaction Ball

Most off-season hockey training is pretty predictable. Your buddy takes a shot, and based on his or her foot alignment, body positioning and your knowledge of their habits, you can often telegraph where many shots will go. The SKLZ Reaction Ball makes off-ice goalie practice less predictable, and is sure to keep you on your toes.


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Looking like a cross between a molecular model and a stress ball, the SKLZ ball can be used like a game of handball against a wall, like a bouncing game of catch off the ground by taking advantage of the six “sides” of this bumpy ball. It’s no standard sphere, and the SKLZ ball is sure to improve your hand-eye coordination, reaction time and generate lots of laughs in the process.

RollerFly – Goalie Slide Plates

Are you a goalie that likes to rock n’ roll all night, and play hockey every day? RollerFly – Goalie Slide Plates look a little like legwear out of a 70’s KISS costume, but they, like the Extreme Slideboard, ease friction for off-ice practice. You can butterfly to stop a ball or puck, and the sturdy ball bearings on the Side Plates roll so you don’t wear your pads down to foamy leg lumps. You just strap the plates on the sides your pads, ensure you don’t have any puck-munching gaps and stand between the pipes.

RollerFly – Goalie Slide Plates are great for roller hockey or other off-ice training exercises.

Blocker Sleeve Kit

When you were a kid, did you play catch with a tennis ball and a Velcro baseball mitt? The Blocker Sleeve Kit is a similar idea, but with a goalie blocker and options for a “hook and loop” trapping surface and a traditional non-stick surface for faster action. Like the Reaction Ball, you can play with a friend, or solo against a wall. Great for improving hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness, reflexes, skill and speed. Become a better hockey player one save at a time.

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When you purchase the Blocker Sleeve Kit, make sure to pick up a set of balls for the best experience. You’ll have so much fun, you’ll want to allow your originals to drop to the ground and take more shots.

Slide Board Pro

As a goalie, you may not skate far beyond your crease too often, unless you dare to challenge a pesky forward, or need to revel in the accolades of the post-game “3-Star” selection. Yet skating ability, and the muscles the Slide Board Pro builds are great for building up the strength and skill necessary to excel as a goaltender. Great for practicing that important post-to-post shuffle-slide, or cutting off angles during a penalty shot.

Where the G1 Extreme Slide Board – Goaltender Model tends to be ideal for home, on a tennis court or in the garage, the Slide Board Pro can be used just about anywhere, like in a hotel room on vacation, during a slow church service or while waiting for an opening in the men’s room at a concert.

Off-Ice Hockey Training for Goalies is a great way to keep fit, stay sharp and ware off that off-season bloat from barbecues and beach beers. Many of the components from the goalie training tools mentioned above can be purchased separately. Use them safely, but you’re sure to have fun while you build up speed, skill and strength for next season.

If you need help finding the perfect goalie workout gear, you can use the chat function on our website, or contact us through the information on our web page found here.

The Grateful Hockey Player

The Grateful Hockey Player

What are you grateful for?

That might seem like a strange question to ask a high performing athlete, but the emotion of gratitude can help take your performance to the next level. We have seen performance shifts with some of the world’s leading athletes by adopting a grateful attitude.

Let me explain …

Research has linked the emotion of gratitude to better overall physical and mental health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression. Athletes are more satisfied with their teams, less likely to burn out and enjoy better well-being overall.

In my work with athletes, and in previous articles I have written, I highlight the importance of “enjoyment over achievement”. Making sure that enjoyment is at the forefront of performance in hockey with achievement following. The player who pursues achievement in hockey so diligently that they forget about one of the key purposes of the game, enjoyment and fun, can often end frustrated and miserable. The athlete who pursues enjoyment first, with a deep commitment to excellence and improvement is the athlete who lasts and achieves.

So why can focusing on gratitude be so beneficial to you as a hockey player?

Well consider that it is impossible to have two emotions at once. And, the same goes for thoughts for that matter – we can only handle one thought at a time. As an athlete, this is important for you to know. When you do feel negative emotions that limit your performance, you have the option of changing your state to a positive emotion – and gratitude is a great one to make the shift.

A few characteristics of grateful hockey players …

Grateful hockey players appreciate what they have

While some players complain, make excuses and don’t appreciate the fantastic opportunity of sport, grateful players are excited to have the opportunity to play a sport they love and all of the benefits that go with that sport (fitness, relationships, life lessons, joy of winning, the learning from losing and the opportunity to challenge and test your abilities).

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Grateful hockey players are grateful for competitors

Appreciate your competitors! Competitors can bring out the best in you and without them you do not have the opportunity to play and test your limits. Competitors give you an opportunity to bring out your best. In his autobiography, former Olympic track star Carl Lewis reports that he chose to embrace his competitors as essential in the quest for performance excellence rather than as enemies meant to be beaten down. Lewis won 10 Olympic medals, nine of them gold. You may look at your competitors as threats, but they are important to your development and you need them!

Grateful hockey players appreciate the journey and struggle

They know that there will be difficulties and hockey performance often goes in cycles – ups and downs. Grateful players learn from these struggles to always move forward. There is an appreciation in the value of their struggles and an ability to look at the big picture and know there are brighter days ahead.

Grateful hockey players “sweep the shed”

Like the great World Champion New Zealand All Blacks who tidy up their dressing room after every training and game, and believe humility is aligned with greatness, grateful players appreciate everyone around them. They appreciate everything they receive – there is no attitude of entitlement.

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Grateful hockey players enjoy pressure

Is there pressure in sports? Yes! But, grateful players recognize the incredible opportunity they have to demonstrate their skills and test their limits. You play a game you love often with people engaged and cheering what you do. Grateful players appreciate the meaning that pressure gives their experience. They know pressure is a privilege. Grateful players look around and appreciate the challenge that is being given to them.

Grateful hockey players do not rely on winning

Because they are so focused on a great process and appreciate great competition, the joy of grateful players is not dependent on winning. They want to win, but really appreciate their process, the competition and the challenge.

Grateful hockey players let go

When it’s time to play and practice, it is done with purpose, intention and efficiency. Grateful players work hard with intention but also appreciate and enjoy their time away from practice and competition – appreciating all parts of their life.

So, what can you do to become a grateful hockey player?

Here’s a start …

  • Realize how lucky you are to be playing a sport, having the opportunity to express yourself and having the opportunity to give your life meaning.
  • Remember you can only feel one emotion at once. Replace anxious feelings with feelings of gratefulness – make the decision to change your state with a shift to being grateful for this great opportunity to participate in your sport and test your abilities.

    “I can’t do this” or “what will they think if I lose” shifts to a grateful attitude…

    “How lucky am I to do this and test my skills”
  • As an exercise, at the end of each day, think about two things you are grateful for from the day. Get in the habit of being grateful for things in hockey and in your life away from hockey.

Remember to be grateful for what you have including your opportunity to play hockey. Hockey is not something you have to do, but something you get to do!

McDonalds Commercial – Shea Weber Vs. Cowboy

Giddy up! If you thought the new McDonalds commercial featuring the Montreal Canadiens’ alternate captain, Shea Weber was computer generated – think again!!! This summer HockeyShot had the incredible opportunity to participate in the making of the commercial with Extreme Glide – Synthetic Ice!

Watch the Commercial



The McDonald’s commercial was made to promote the new Mighty Angus Burger and Shea Weber, one of the league’s best and toughest defenceman, was down to show off his grit. On a sunny day out in beautiful Kananaskis, Alberta, the NHL All Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist, laced up his skates and challenged a real-life cowboy and his horse to an epic showdown to certify their might.

The set-up for the battle took hours as a running track was dug for the horse and hundreds of feet of HockeyShot’s Synthetic Ice were laid down for Weber on the rough terrain! The production team worked tirelessly to create the epic western environment. Check out the “Behind the Scenes” video to see all the hard work and dynamic filming that went into the making of this remarkable commercial.

Behind The Scenes



HockeyShot Synthetic Ice used in this commercial is designed to withstand outdoor use and easily handled the leveling challenges of the rocky mountain landscape. The commercial showcases the tiles’ ability to create a smooth and realistic skating experience as Weber laid it all out to beat the cowboy. HockeyShot tiles are built with VHMW-PE (Very High Molecular Weight Polyethylene) which drastically helps to increase both the performance and durability of the tiles. Several other NHL stars, such as Jonathan Tavares, Jake Allen and Aleksander Barkov stand by the product for its convenience, realistic feel and the great training benefits it provides off-season!

Do you have what it takes to be certified mighty?

New England Hockey Expo – 2017

This summer HockeyShot sent their best to Manchester, New Hampshire to participate in the New England Hockey Expo! This year’s event was held on August 26th and 27th at the beautiful Radisson Hotel. The first annual New England Hockey Expo was the consumer show for all things hockey! The expo featured many of the top hockey manufacturers in cutting edge equipment, training aids and apparel. Attendees of all ages had the opportunity to participate in demonstrations and test out some of the latest gear the sport has to offer over the course of the two-day event!

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There was a lot going on throughout the weekend. Parents had the chance to connect with many of the local clubs, organizations and hockey camp directors to learn important information about the upcoming season and ask questions. Highlights of the weekend included special guest appearances from Boston Bruin’s defenseman Adam McQuaid and centerman Tim Schaller! The Bruins stars took photos and signed autographs for fans with all proceeds going to local charities. Over the weekend event exhibitors put on fun and challenging hockey competitions and giveaways making the expo an enjoyable and interactive event for hockey fans of all ages!

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For the expo HockeyShot teamed up the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs to host both a Hardest Shot and Accuracy Shooting competition! Contestants had the chance to test out their shooting skills for a chance to win one of eight awesome HockeyShot products! This year’s prizes included some of the best from an “Extreme” collection. Up for grabs was HockeyShot’s Shooter Tutor, Sports Radar Gun, Shooting Tarp, Passing Kit Pro, Dangler, Hockey Sauce Kit, Shooting Pad and Slide Board Pro! The hardest shot competition was a hit with attendees lining up to test their power. Contestants were shown the importance of properly setting up the Sports Radar Gun. By keeping the radar in a shaded area and tilted slightly down it ensures that only the puck is picked up and avoids the radar reading stick movements and any other “ghost readings.” Kids were instructed to aim low for harder shots! HockeyShot handed out promotional bracelets, stickers, sunglasses and t-shirts to participants and offered flyers and catalogs for more information on the best hockey products!

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Staff had a great time interacting with hockey fans young and old over the weekend and showcasing some pretty cool hockey products! HockeyShot strongly recommends the event to anyone in New England looking to test out some of the newest equipment in the game, have some fun and expand their hockey knowledge! The company is looking forward to attending next year.

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For more information on the event visit: thenewenglandhockeyexpo.com

Let’s Play Hockey Expo – 28th Annual

River Center/ Xcel Energy Center – St. Paul, Minnesota

On Friday, March 10th and Saturday, March 11th, 2017 HockeyShot attended the 28th Annual Let’s Play Hockey Expo at the River Center/ Xcel Energy Centre in beautiful St. Paul, Minnesota. This expo is the world’s largest hockey consumer show and is attended by the best brands in the sport. Every year over 150 North American exhibitors come out to showcase their products and innovative new ideas.

The expo is held in conjunction with Minnesota’s High-School State Championships, adding an extra buzz of excitement to the weekend. Over the course of the expo 40,000 people enjoyed cutting-edge product demonstrations, giveaways, hourly door prize drawings and celebrity appearances. The Let’s Play Hockey Expo is a free event that allows hockey fans to get a sneak peek at the newest and hottest equipment, training gear, merchandise, and camps that this great sport has to offer. Fans also had the opportunity to check out sports cards, collectables and memorabilia from their favourite teams and players. Whether you are just getting started or have been playing the game for years, this event has something for everyone!

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This year HockeyShot had a 20’ x 40’ space and featured several of their top selling HS Products. Throughout the weekend hundreds of hockey fans participated in our two engaging skills competitions! 1- Timed Obstacle Course that featured Dryland Flooring Allstar Tiles, Sauce Kits and Stickhandling Trainers. 2- Shooting Accuracy Challenge using our Crowd Goes Wild Shooting Tarp. These competitions had kids lining up all weekend to have some fun and challenge themselves on some of our most popular products. The HockeyShot crew was unable to attend, but they did hire some staff to manage the hockey zone. Support was provided to the athletes and any questions were answered about the products that were being tested out. This year HockeyShot also had a life-size (6 feet 3 inches tall) cardboard cut-out of social media sensation Jeremy Rupke from How to Hockey. The figure could be seen standing in line so kids could get a selfie and tag HockeyShot on social media.

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Staff had an awesome time interacting with hockey fans young and old and showcasing some of what HockeyShot has to offer in hockey training! We strongly recommend the expo to anyone looking to expand their hockey knowledge, see the newest innovations in the game and have some fun.

HockeyShot will be returning to the expo next year and look forward to meeting more rabid hockey fans and featuring a new line of products that have been in the works!

For more information, please visit: Letsplay expo

2017 National Home Show

Enercare Center – Downtown Toronto

For 10 days in March (March 10th – 19th, 2017) HockeyShot welcomed over 200,000 people to their 20’ x 20’ booth at the National Home Show at the Enercare Center in downtown Toronto, Ontario. The Enercare Center is the country’s largest exhibition and convention centre, allowing for over 700 retailers and industry experts to take part. The show gives home owners the opportunity to view innovative products, new ideas and great deals for all things home and garden. Attendees were able to visit a DIY centre to learn new tricks and tips and experience the “Future Dream Home” which boasted the newest sustainability and home technologies. There were several industry celebrities present throughout the week to lead demonstrations and answer questions. This was the first time that HockeyShot has participated at a “non-hockey” specific show and they used this opportunity to educate home owners on the benefits of HockeyShot Synthetic Ice!

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HockeyShot Synthetic Ice is an excellent way to create a great environment for skating practice or improving your skills in your own home! This product can easily be installed inside a garage, basement or backyard. All that is required is a solid flat surface. The product lasts up to 7-10 years per side, that’s right, you can flip the panels over and re-use! It provides a practical alternative solution to renting costly ice-time and travelling to the rink for practice. The HockeyShot team was on site throughout the week to answer any questions about installation and even provide on-ice demonstrations.

At the booth, the crowd could try on CCM skates and helmets and use Sherwood sticks to test out the artificial ice surface. Attendees got to skate, stickhandle, and take shots (with caution of course) to get a feel for all HockeyShot training aids. Those who gave it a try were surprised to find out just how similar the ice is to skating and shooting on real ice. There is a reason it is the #1 selling ice on the market!

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On Saturday, March 18th HockeyShot staff were joined by Canadian Olympian and three-time World Champion figure skater, Elvis Stojko. He demoed his skating and showed the versatility of HockeyShot Synthetic Ice. Excited fans also had the opportunity for autographs and photos with the Canadian star. Throughout the week the booth hosted proud partners Jeremy Rupke from How To Hockey, Dan Ninkovich from Beyond the Next Level, Jim Vitale from Vital Hockey Skills and John Haime from New Edge Performance. These industry experts answered attendees’ questions and provided information on some of the training benefits of HS products. It was an awesome addition to have the support of their partners throughout the week!

After this year’s success, HockeyShot will be returning to the National Home Show next year with an even larger 20’ x 40’ space! The show will run from March 9th – March 18th, 2018 at the Enecare Center. Come join us next year and see first-hand what the HockeyShot home ice advantage is all about!

For more information on the National Home Show please visit: nationalhomeshow.com

Sportsnet Biosteel Challenge – Featuring Connor McDavid & Tyler Seguin

On September 17th, 2016 the Sportsnet Biosteel Challenge contestants were chosen at De La Salle Arena in Toronto, Ontario. Toronto Blue Jays ace pitcher, Marcus Stroman acted as host of the event. Andrew Ferlatte, Scott Thomson, Neil Engelberg and David Winter were the proud winners, and were given the golden opportunity of being “ordinary people” with the chance to take on NHL superstars Connor McDavid and Tyler Seguin in a variety of hockey game-like situations.

To give these four guys a fighting chance against two of the best players in the league, HockeyShot provided them with some fantastic training aids to prepare for battle! The Extreme Passing Kit, Slide Board Pro, Extreme Dangler and Mini Dangler were all used during the challenges to “even” up the playing field against #97 & #91.

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First up was the opportunity for Scott Thomson & Neil Engelberg to show how outstanding their goalie skills were by trying to stop NHL superstar Connor McDavid on a breakaway. Thomson had been very active on social media leading up to the challenge by saying how he was “not afraid of McDavid” and felt he could “stop every shot”. Throughout the video McDavid can be seen dangling on HockeyShot’s Extreme Dangler & Mini Dangler. And dangle he did over-and-over again, making Thomson’s online claims look very foolish! Maybe it is not that easy to stop an NHL scoring machine in real life compared to on Twitter lol. Engelberg wisely had no preconceived notions about trying to stop McDavid and he gave a valiant effort. The fact that both amateurs got a couple of saves should be an amazing highlight and something that they can brag about for the rest of their lives 😉

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Finally, Andrew Ferlatte & David Winter took on an shooting accuracy challenge against Seguin that saw them have their dreams come true. They not only met the Dallas Stars superstar, but got to compete against him on the ice! HockeyShot provided training aids to give Ferlatte & Winter the best chance to win against a professional. Sadly, the pair needed a lot more than some of HockeyShot’s finest shooting products to be more accurate than one of the top goal scorers in the entire NHL. Ferlatte & Winter exceeded expectations, but they will need to continue to practice with the HockeyShot products if they want to beat the professionals down the road…

For more info, please visit: Sportsnet Biosteel Challenge