North Park Hockey Equipment Requirements and Skate Info (including Sizing, Fitting and Sharpening)
North Park provides team jerseys (with names and numbers) and hockey socks to all skaters.
Players are expected to provide all other equipment as follows:
- Hockey skates
- Hockey pants (Black)
- Hockey gloves
- Mouth guard
- Athletic protector (boys) - best to get all in one Shock Jock or Itoh shorts with velcro on the front and back to attach socks to. Otherwise you can buy a garter belt.
- Hockey stick
- Helmet with cage or mask (White)
- Shoulder pads
- Elbow pads
- Neck protector
- Shin pads
- Pelvis protector (girls)
Please purchase the colors listed above. No player will be permitted on the ice for practice or games unless he or she is wearing the required equipment.
Equipment and Skate Purchasing, Sizing, Fitting and Sharpening
Online specialty retailers and traditional brick and mortar store are easily accessible in New York City to provide you with all the equipment you need to get on the ice.
You can first shop online to compare prices for youth hockey skates with store prices to get an idea of what to pay and to understand equipment sizing. These sites all have equipment sizing information for each of the major equipment vendors:
Hockey Monkey and Pure Hockey have big box retail locations in Woodbridge and Fairfield, NJ, respectively. These places are full service temples to the sport! There are several New York City specialty retailers that can set you up as well, which are listed below:
Below are stores where you can buy hockey equipment in the NYC area and get your skates sharpened.
Westside Skate & Stick
New York City
174 Fifth Avenue, Suite 504
(btw 22nd & 23rd St.)
New York, NY 10010-5930
Key skate brand - Graf
Tuesday-Friday: 10am - 7pm
Saturday: 11am - 6pm
Sunday: 12pm - 5pm
Skate Sharpening Cost: $15.
High end skate shop. They are the best in Manhattan (and priciest) for skate sharpening. They sell high quality skates and hockey goods. Mention you were sent from North Park Hockey and they may give a $5 discount for sharpening when you bring skates there. Better yet is buying a skate sharpening card where you get multiple sharpening at a discount. You can also purchase the high end Maximum Edge Profiling Service.
867 Broadway at 18th Street
New York, NY 10003
10a.m. to 8p.m.
Sunday 11:00a.m. to 7:00p.m.
Key skate brand: Bauer
Sharpening Cost: $10.
Paragon is pricey but usually has a sale on high quality youth skates at the beginning of the season in September. Skates purchased at Paragon may come with life-time free skate sharpening. Please ask sales personnel. Sharpening as a craft is not paramount here. The sharpening done is enough to get an two edges to go on the ice. You will end up getting them sharpened somewhere else quite quickly.
Pier 61 Chelsea Piers
New York, NY 10011
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 10:00am
Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
New Hockey Skates - $15
Previously Sharpened Hockey Skates - $8??
Full service pro shop. Wonderland stocks North Park logo gear and can order special items such as warm-ups, North Park bags and extra uniforms. They also provide skate sharpening.
NYC SkatePro Shop
City Ice Pavilion
47-32 32nd Place
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 706-6667 x709
Holiday hours may vary.
Sharpening Cost: $15:00
Ex partner in Westside Skate and Stick. They sell high end skates and hockey goods. Mention you are with North Park Hockey and you may get a discount on high quality sharpening when you bring skates there. Better yet is buying a skate sharpening card where you get multiple sharpening at a discount. You can also purchase the high end Maximum Edge Profiling Service.
Hockey skates are probably the most important and most expensive equipment purchase and there are nuances that you need to be aware of before you buy.
There are several shops in the New York City area at which you can buy skates. A common question is which brand to purchase. CCM and Bauer are the two most popular skate brands along with Graf and Easton. There are several informative and detailed videos on YouTube that you can view for tips on the brands, skate sizing and fitting (which is quirky by brand - more on this later). Below are links to several instructional videos that can help you:
Skate selection - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M063vCB6LVU&NR=1 - 8:55
Skate sizing - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHQPYB2V3UY - 6:03
Skate fitting - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr3hEuvDlLQ - 4:55
Skate Sizing and Fitting
Hockey is not a situation where you buy skates that are larger than the child's foot, so the child can grow into them. DON'T!!! To size the skate properly, determine the length and width of the foot. For skate brands such as Bauer, CCM, Reebok, and and other skates are usually sized one size to a size and a half lower than shoe sizes (Shoe Size 3 = Skate Size 2 or 1.5). Easton is a half size down. Mission and Torpso skates sizes are the same as shoe sizes. Generally online retailers will have sizing comparison charts on their websites. Actually sitting down and fitting the skates will determine what is best, especially if you are a first or second time skate purchaser.
When the skates are tried on, have the child use socks that will be used all the time so that the fit will always be the same. Buying several pairs of the same sock is advised.
To fit the skates, have the skater place the feet in untied skates, and push foot forward so that the toes touch the front of the skate. This is best done by kicking the toe of the boot on the ground. There should be no more than a one forefinger width space between the heel and the back of the boot. This method helps to overcome size discrepancies found when using shoe or skate measuring devices or guessing at shoe or foot size.
The feet in the skates should feel comfortable. While in the store, have the skater walk around in tied up skates to make sure there are no pressure points being pressed on the sides, front and top of toes, ankles and heel.
A number of skates now have the option of custom fitting through the use of proprietary convection ovens, commonly known as baking. If you buy skates online, you will have to find alternative locations to bake the skates. Brick and mortar shops are not always very accomodating when you bring in skates that have been purchased at another location and will charge you up to $50 to bake them. It is possible to do this at home if you have a convection oven, but it is not advised for newcomers to the sport to do so.
It is important to buy skates where they will sharpen them before you leave the store. All new hockey skates have flat blades and cannot be used until a hollow with edges is made by grinding. If you buy at store that does not sharpen, you will have to trek to a store location that does so.
Here are links to an informative article and a video on skate sharpening.
http://www.maximumedge.ca/discovery_sharpening.html - 8:09