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Everything You Need To Know To Find The Perfect Hockey Skates

Friday, January 17, 2020 12:22:00 PM America/New_York

In this article, we will outline everything you need to know to find the perfect pair of hockey skates.

Sports Zone Canada has been a part of the Kitchener – Waterloo community for over 16 years. We are committed to providing sporting enthusiasts with the highest quality new and used skates at unbeatable prices - contact us today to learn more about our skates!

Now, instead of skating around the topic, let's dig right in and discuss what you need to know to find the perfect hockey skates, including fit, style, level of play, and budget.

Everything You Need To Know To Find The Perfect Hockey Skates

Fit Matters

Finding the right fit for your skates is imperative. Not only will a poor-fitting skate affect your performance, but it will also cause discomfort, blisters, and even injury.

Skate fit depends on your age, level of play, position and overall preference. Forwards tend to prefer a lighter, low-profile skate built for maximum speed and agility, while defensemen look for a sturdy and more balanced skate that offers greater protection while blocking shots.

Different skate brands will provide different fits for your feet. Here's a look at the fits offered by the two leading skate manufacturers.

Bauer skate fit profiles (via https://honesthockey.com/hockey-gear-reviews-2019/skates/best-senior/bauer-supreme-vapor-nexus/)

CCM Skate Fit Profiles (via http://microsites.ccmhockey.com/microsites/skate-fit-guide/en/)

Consider Your Style of Play

Additionally, and regardless of position, some players are more aggressive, meaning they're always on their toes ready to go and pounce on the puck. Other players are more reserved, stick to a defensive game, read the play and stay on the defensive side of the puck.

Skates designed with a forward pitch at the ankles that allows you to get a deeper knee bend will help put you in a more aggressive stance. Some skates also have a pitch in the blade holder that will put the player more on their toes.

On the other hand, you can also buy skates with a more traditional fit. These are better for the reserved players and should be selected depending on your style of play.

Get A Custom Fit With Bauer 3D Skate Lab

Sports Zone is proud to feature a Bauer 3D skate lab. This tool uses scientific algorithms to determine the perfect skate for you.

After scanning your foot, the integrated measurement system will analyze your foot and provide key information on the length, width, and depth of your foot profile.

It will then recommend the best skate for optimal comfort and performance.

Visit Sports Zone today to give it a try!

Match Budget With Level of Play

Hockey skates come in a number of price ranges, from basic entry-level boots to high-end skates worn by the pros. It should come as no surprise that the more high-tech the skate, the more you'll spend.

Let's take a look at what you can expect to pay for the perfect hockey skates based on your budget and needs.

  • Entry Level Skates ($49.99 - $79.99) - For those on a tight budget who only plan to skate with the family a few times per year.
  • Upper Entry Level Skates ($69.99 - $149.99) - Ideal for beginners who want an improved entry-level skate, or for players on a budget who don't need any high-end features.
  • Lower Mid Range Skates ($149.99 - $199.99) - Perfect for players in lower divisions who want a durable skate with some higher-end features.
  • Mid Range Skates ($209.99 - $329.99) - Great for both beginners and experienced players. Durable and affordable. This is the lowest price point where skates can be customized to provide a more comfortable fit right out of the box.
  • Upper Mid Range Skates ($199.99 - $399.99) - For adult league players who want a comfortable and supportive skate.
  • Third Tier Skates ($399.99 - $549.99) - These skates don't have all the features of a top-of-the-line skate, but they're well suited to keep any intermediate to advanced-level player happy in terms of performance and price.
  • Second Tier Skates ($449.99 - $749.99) - Perfect for players who want a high-performance skate without having to pay the highest price, they will last many years with proper care.
  • Top Of The Line Skates ($599.99 - $999.99+) - High price tag but worth the investment for the most serious of hockey players.

Sports Zone categorizes our skates as YouthJunior and Senior. Each offers different price ranges, and our in-store experts can help get you the best bang for your buck. Once you've purchased a new pair, be sure to stick around to get your blades expertly sharpened and contoured.

Get the right pair of hockey skates for your budget, style, and level of play

Consider Used Skates

Used hockey skates are a great option for beginner to intermediate level players, especially for young people bound to grow out of them sooner than later!

There are several benefits to buying used skates, including the following:

Savings - As outlined above, a brand new pair of skates can dent your wallet pretty quickly. Buying used allows you to save some valuable funds and use them for other pieces of equipment that should be bought new - helmets, for example.

Comfort - The thing with new skates is they take some time to break-in, especially if they're not customized to fit your feet. By definition, used skates have been around the rink several times, and should offer a more comfortable fit early on.

Variety - Price points may limit your ability to purchase a high-end skate, but used options allow you to get your feet into brands and types that would otherwise be outside your budget.

Here's a helpful video outlining five things all hockey players should know before buying a new pair of skates.

Follow Hockey Tutorial on YouTube

Sports Zone Will Help You Find The Perfect Hockey Skates

Like the major chain sporting retailers, we carry all the major hockey skate brands you need to play your best. Sports Zone also has a trade-in program. Bring in your used equipment and get credit towards your next purchase!

The Sports Zone difference is our personalized level of service. We pledge to offer the customer a personal, small-store service experience but with all the sports equipment and apparel athletes need to excel at their sport.

As Waterloo's largest independent sports retailer, we've provided thousands of athletes with the high-performance sports gear that helped them excel in their chosen sport - and we can do the same for you.

Whether you need skate sharpening, hockey equipment, skates, hockey sticks, goalie equipment, figure skates, or other sporting equipment, Sports Zone has what you need at the best price, guaranteed!

Visit us today to get the best sports equipment you need to compete and take advantage of our in-store services. Or, you can order online if you're outside the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

What our customers are saying:

"Incredible experience buying skates. Got exactly what I needed for a fantastic price. Thank you very much." (Mark Paisley)

Posted in Blog By Vince Turkalj

5 Best Hockey Sticks 2020 – The Ultimate Guide

Friday, January 10, 2020 9:51:00 AM America/New_York

Your hockey stick is no doubt one of the most important pieces of hockey equipment. In this article, we are going to take a look at the best hockey sticks 2020 has to offer.

Sports Zone has been operating in Waterloo for over 16 years, and we are proud to be a premier local leader in the hockey equipment industry. Whatever stick you are looking for, we can help you get it.

Now, let's dig in and list the best sticks from 2019, and take a look at what you can expect in the coming year.

Best Hockey Sticks 2020 – The Ultimate Guide

CCM RibCor Trigger 4

The game keeps getting faster, which is why more and more players are moving to Ribcor sticks for the ultimate quick-release shot.

Weight: 395 Grams
Length: 60"
Measured Product: 60" P29 85 Flex
Construction Material: SigmaTex
Kick Point Position: Low
Shaft Design: X-Flow shaft
Blade Construction: Agility Blade
Tapered: Ribcor Asymmetric taper
Warranty: 30 Days
Family: Ribcor

Get the RibCor 4 here

CCM’s all-new Agility Blade is found on the Trigger 4 Pro. The new, thin profile allows for more linear flex, improving the quick release while still maintaining the torsional strength required for top-notch accuracy. The Agility Blade is both soft and hard, which is proven to be a great combination for a player who wants to fire off quick, strong shots. 

For the materials used in the Ribcor Trigger 4 Pro, CCM includes their high-quality Sigmatex technology. This high-performance spread tow fabric features an advanced weaving process that provides strength and resilience without sacrificing weight. Sigmatex gives you the feel you want and the structural strength you require from a stick as an elite player.

The RibCor Trigger 4 is a lightweight, durable, and extremely consistent hockey stick in all aspects of play, and will remain one of the best hockey sticks 2020 has to offer.

Bauer Supreme ADV

The Supreme ADV features Bauer's new Sonic Taper Technology. It reduces weight, improves stability, and creates an energy transfer down through the stick for a faster and more powerful release. 

Weight 375g
Flex Point Optimized Flex Profile
Shaft Construction Sonic Taper Technology
Blade Construction FastCore Technology
Material ACL - Advanced Carbon Layering
Length 65”
Grip Yes
Warranty 30 Days

Additionally, the Bauer Supreme ADV comes with FastCore - this is their new blade core, created with two different foams and fused together. The strike zone in the middle of the blade helps maximize energy and the outer area is designed to reduce weight.

In total, the Supreme ADV weighs only 375 grams - the lightest Supreme stick ever. An optimized flex profile also allows you to lean much easier into the shots and achieve maximum release velocity on every type of shot.

Sports Zone is proud to have been chosen to offer this limited-edition product. The Bauer Supreme ADV was released on October 12, 2019 in limited quantities. To learn more about this stick, contact us today

CCM Super Tacks AS2 

Now, this is a stick built for power. The CCM Super Tacks AS2 hockey stick delivers cutting-edge technology and optimized design to make it “a modern mid-kick performance powerhouse.”

If you're interested in purchasing the Super Tacks AS2, you'll find everything you need here. From specs, to player comparables and reviews, we've got you covered with regards to the best hockey sticks of 2020!

This stick is built with power forwards, and hard shooting defensemen in mind, however, playmaking centres, snipers on the wings, and puck-moving defensemen will all appreciate the CCM Super Tacks AS2.

It’s designed for elite level players looking for maximum performance and durability, but can be used by players at all levels who want to take their game up a notch.

Bauer S19 Vapor Flylite

Bauer’s Vapor line is comprised of low-kick point sticks, built for players who take quick-motion shots, mostly shoot close to the net, and prefer release speed over power.

Length: 57"
Construction Material: DuraFlex resin
Kick Point Position: Low
Shaft Design: Asymmetrical TeXtreme
Blade Construction: AERO-SENSE 2
Tapered: XE Taper
Warranty: 30 Days
Family: Vapor

Bauer enhances the low-kick point in the Vapor Flylite with new technologies and many high-level features, helping to give you your quickest shot yet.

One of these new features is the XE taper. This new taper design uses a unique elliptical geometry with a thinner construction and more rounded edges.

These features help to decrease the weight of the stick while increasing your release speed. This updated design also helps stabilize the blade when taking one-timers or hard shots.

The Vapor Flylite can help you shoot like Patrick Kane

CCM JetSpeed 440

The CCM JetSpeed FT440 is one of the more affordable options when looking at the best hockey sticks 2020 has to offer.

Weight 400g (JR 50 Flex)
Flex Point Hybrid (Low-Mid)
Shaft Construction R-Geometry Shape
Blade Construction JS3
Material Carbon Fiber
Length 50 Flex - 52”
Grip Tacky Grip Coating
Warranty 30 Days

It features a Hybrid kick-point, bridging the gap between a lightning-fast shot release and great power!

This is achieved by a highly stiff flex zone sandwiched between two softer flex zones. This starts just below the JetSpeed logo and creates a hinge-line effect within the shaft.

This stick's versatile design allows players to get quick shots off in tight spaces as well as let heavy wrist shots fly from the blue line!

How to find the best hockey stick in 2020

At Sports Zone, we have a state of the art CCM stick fitter. With this system, you can handle a stick embedded with a chip and sensors that analyze how you shoot. You will then get a recommendation for the proper flex and curve for you!

The CCM Stick Fitter is designed to recommend the best stick for you, bringing pro-level insights to players of all ages and abilities. You get direct access to key knowledge and information to make the overall process of selecting and purchasing a stick simpler and more efficient.

Sports Zone is a serious player in the hockey stick market. Because we purchase our sports products in volume, we provide the same discount levels offered by national chains and big-box retailers.

Our price match promise means we won’t just match another store’s advertised price - we’ll beat it by an additional 5%! Sports Zone also has a trade-in program. Bring in your used equipment and get credit towards your next purchase!

Get The Best Hockey Sticks For 2020 At SportsZone

As Waterloo's largest independent sports retailer, we've provided thousands of athletes with the high-performance sports gear that helped them excel in their chosen sport - and we can do the same for you.

The Sports Zone difference, however, is our personalized level of service. We pledge to offer the customer a personal, small-store service experience but with all the sports equipment and apparel athletes need to excel at their sport.

Whether you need a skate sharpening, hockey equipment, skates, hockey sticks, goalie equipment, figure skates, or other sports equipment, Sports Zone has what you need at the best price, guaranteed!

What Sports Zone Customers Are Saying:

"Amazing store. Didn't know it existed. Alex in the store spent almost two hours with my son shooting pucks and helping him choose a stick that he loves. We'll definitely be back!"
- Luke Piasecki

Visit us today to get the best sports equipment you need to compete and take advantage of our in-store services. Or, you can order online if you're outside the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

Posted in Blog By Vince Turkalj

7 Local Hockey Camps To Help Improve Your Game

Monday, January 6, 2020 10:02:00 AM America/New_York

In this article, we will list some of the best local hockey camps that can help you improve your game.

To get you ready for local hockey camps, Sports Zone offers the very best in new and used equipment. We allow trade-ins so that you can maximize your dollar - visit us today to learn more.

Now, let's take a look at some local hockey camps around Southern Ontario to consider as you seek to improve your game

7 Local Hockey Camps To Help You Improve Your Game

Evolution Hockey

Locations

Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Baden, Guelph, Woolwich, Elmira, New Hamburg, Wilmot Township, Ayr, Huron/Grey County, Port Elgin, Owen Sound.

Email: ask@evolution.hockey

  • Ages 4 to 15
  • Co-ed
  • From $30/session

This is where old fashioned work ethic meets cutting edge professional instruction and pure enjoyment of the game. 

Evolution's team has coached and played at all levels, up to and including OHL Junior A. They're always working to improve their programs to help players achieve their goals and enjoy the game. 

Image Source: https://www.evolution.hockey/

The Zone Training

Address:
483 Conestogo Road, Unit 2
Waterloo, ON N2L 4C9

Phone: 519-883-7825
Fax: 519-883-7148
Emailwaterlooinfo@thezonetraining.ca

  • Ages 6 to 12
  • Co-ed
  • From $95/day

The Zone Training is committed to developing the future of hockey through local hockey camps. They offer programs and lessons for all ages and skill levels, ranging from recreational skaters to highly competitive hockey players.

Their experienced staff members develop cutting-edge training programs that surpass industry standards and instill the values of hard work, discipline, commitment and self-confidence in each player.

Image Source: http://www.thezonetraining.ca/waterloo

Skills Plus Hockey

Location: Waterloo, ON

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Co-ed
  • From $270/ camp session 
Email: eric@skillsplushockey.com

Skills Plus Hockey has operated in the Waterloo Region for over ten years. Thousands of young hockey players have benefited from their programs at all levels - from rep and elite players through to those exploring their love of hockey for the first time.

Ivy Hockey Academy

Location: Markham; Oakville; Forest Hill, Toronto, ON

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Co-ed
  • From $175/week

Mailing Address:

Sports Camps Canada

1033 Pape Ave, Suite 2

East York, ON M4K 3W1

Phone: 905-882-9424

This camp is guided by the L.E.A.F approach: Learn. Enjoy. Aspire. Fulfill. The curriculum was designed by Mark Moore and his brothers, Steve and Dominic, all who played Ivy League hockey and advanced to the NHL.

Hockey Opportunity Camp

Location: 961 Park Rd S, Sundridge, ON P0A 1Z0

Phone: (705) 386-7702

  • Ages 7 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $950/week

This camp specializes in hockey programs and offers daily on-ice instruction. Additionally, you can enjoy outdoor sports such as water skiing, archery, mountain biking, and more.

Teen Ranch

Location

20682 Hurontario St.
Caledon, Ontario
L7K 1X1

Phone: (519) 941-4501

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Co-ed
  • From $320/week

Located an hour outside the Greater Toronto Area, Teen Ranch is a summer camp and year-round retreat facility. The staff focuses in developing youth through hockey, adventure, BMX, soccer and figure skating.

Image Source: https://teenranch.com/

Del Active Sports Camp

Address131 Farnham Ave, Toronto, ON M4V 1H7

Phone(416) 969-8771

  • Ages 4 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $215/week

Their hockey program is for learning and developing skating and hockey skills. Participants and groups get an hour and a half on the ice in the mornings and again in the afternoons. When they’re not on the ice, they’re playing other sports throughout the campus.

Local hockey camps are a great way to develop your game!

Visit Sports Zone For The Best in New and Used Hockey Equipment

Like the major chain sporting retailers, we carry all the major brands you need to play your best. The Sports Zone difference, however, is our personalized level of service. We pledge to offer the customer a personal, small-store service experience but with all the sports equipment and apparel athletes need to excel at their sport.

As Waterloo's largest independent sports retailer, we've provided thousands of athletes like you with the high-performance sports gear that helped them excel in their chosen sport and we can do the same for you.

Whether you need hockey equipment, skates, hockey sticks, goalie equipment, figure skates, or baseball equipment, Sports Zone has what you need at the best price, guaranteed!

Visit us today to get the best sports equipment you need to compete and take advantage of our in-store services.

Or you can order online if you're outside the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

What Sports Zone Customers Are Saying:

"Amazing store. Didn't know it existed. Alex in the store spent almost two hours with my son shooting pucks and helping him choose a stick that he loves. We'll definitely be back!"

- Luke Piasecki

Posted in Blog By Vince Turkalj

Hockey Training Trends 2020

Monday, December 30, 2019 9:42:00 AM America/New_York

In this article, we are going to discuss hockey training trends heading into 2020, and how Sports Zone can help.

Sports Zone has been operating in Waterloo for over 16 years, and we know what it takes to excel. Whatever you need to keep up with hockey training trends, we have it.

Now, let's dig in and take a look at some hockey training trends you need to know.

Hockey Training Trends 2020

Off Ice Trends: Tapping Into New Wealth Of Information

There have been many technological advancements in recent years that can help you become the best possible hockey player.

Some of these technologies certainly include video technology, where players can watch replays moments after the action has occurred thanks to tablets kept on the bench. That instant feedback can help you make adjustments on the fly and get a leg up on the opposition in real-time.

Longer video sessions where plays are broken down frame by frame are beneficial in terms of taking your game to the next level.

On top of that, there are ways to ensure you get the best possible equipment so that you're optimized for peak performance before you even step on the ice. Sports Zone features two of these devices: the Bauer 3D skate lab, and the CCM stick fitter.

Bauer 3D skate lab

By stepping onto the measuring pad, both of your feet are scanned using the Bauer seven-point foot profile system. A series of algorithms determine the Bauer skate best suited for you, whether SUPREME, VAPOR or NEXUS.

Additionally, the skate lab will recommend adjustments to be made in terms of sizing based on length, width, arch and heel depth.

Getting scanned at Sports Zone will put you in the same database as players like Patrick Kane, Jack Eichel, and Auston Matthews.

Here's what you can expect from the Bauer 3D lab

CCM Stick Fitter

This is an online tool that asks players a series of in-depth questions to determine which CCM stick (Ribcor, JetSpeed or Super Tacks) and flex is best suited for their height, weight, and style of player.

Designed to ensure the most accurate results are secured, the tool asks different questions per age group ranging from favourite players, skills the individual aims to improve, most used shot, and more.

“CCM has always aimed to provide hockey players with the best performing equipment and latest technology,” said Jeff Dalzell, Vice President of Product Creation for CCM Hockey. “With this innovation, we are giving players of all ages and levels direct access to CCM expertise in order for them to easily navigate the stick-buying process and find the product that will unleash their potential on the ice.”

During testing, 80% of players who tried their recommended stick rated it higher than their current stick.

On-Ice Hockey Training Trends: How We Skate

Small Space Training

Hockey is being played at as fast a pace as ever, and players are left with far less time and space in which to maneuver.

A big part of training these days is working within close quarters in order to succeed at the highest levels of hockey.

It's important to have small space skills in terms of skating and stickhandling.

The End of Power Skating?

In light of the above, there's an increasing belief that power skating is a thing of the past, specifically skating end to end without any resistance.

While it's beneficial for young players learning to skate in order to build leg strength, serious hockey players can benefit from technical skating sessions or even figure skating for increased dexterity.

Take Buffalo Sabres forward Jeff Skinner, for example.

According to the Buffalo News, "Skinner has used his background as a competitive figure skater to make plays others would not dare to try. He will occasionally do a single axel in the neutral zone to avoid defenders and is one of few players capable of the mohawk, a maneuver during which he opens both hips, turns both feet outward and glides along either the inside or outside edges of his blades."

This gives Skinner a distinct advantage on the ice and is a reason why Skinner is such an effective goal scorer.

This goal exemplifies how Jeff Skinner uses his figure skating training to score!

Explosive Speed

One of the aspects of his game that makes Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid so great is his explosive speed, and it's something many are stressing the importance of for young players.

The game is getting quicker, meaning an emphasis on skating and speed development at all levels has become a priority for anyone striving to play at the highest levels.

A recent example of McDavid's explosive speed

Zone Focused Training

There's also an increased focus on playing without the puck. Hockey is a series of battles in the offensive, defensive, and neutral areas of the ice, and each zone demands players utilize different skills in order to gain an edge. 

You require opportunities to learn and implement skills, techniques and strategies in all three zones and all three phases of your game.

Proper Nutrition

“Good nutrition accounts for 50% of my performance, with 40% being mental and 10% being physical.” This is from Hayley Wickenheiser, who was recently welcomed into the Hockey Hall of Fame based on her truly legendary career.

She's convinced that good nutrition gave her the endurance to excel, and you can read more about her regimen here

Hockey training trends aren't solely implemented on the ice, and Sports Zone can get you equipped to stay on top of the latest developments.

Trust Sports Zone To Help You Keep Up With Hockey Training Trends!

Like the major chain sporting retailers, we carry all the major hockey skate and figure skate brands you need to play your best.

Sports Zone also has a trade-in program. Bring in your used equipment and get credit towards your next purchase!

The Sports Zone difference, however, is our personalized level of service. We pledge to offer the customer a personal, small-store service experience but with all the sports equipment and apparel athletes need to excel at their sport.

As Waterloo's largest independent sports retailer, we've provided thousands of athletes with the high-performance sports gear that helped them excel in their chosen sport - and we can do the same for you.

Whether you need a skate sharpening, hockey equipment, skates, hockey sticks, goalie equipment, figure skates, or other sports equipment, Sports Zone has what you need at the best price, guaranteed!

Visit us today to get the best sports equipment you need to compete and take advantage of our in-store services.

Or, you can order online if you're outside the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

What Sports Zone Customers Are Saying:

"Incredible experience buying skates. Got exactly what I needed for a fantastic price. Thank you very much."

- Mark Paisley

 

Posted in Blog By Vince Turkalj

How To Shoot Like A Pro

Thursday, December 12, 2019 8:20:00 AM America/New_York

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New vs. Used Skates Complete Comparison

Monday, December 9, 2019 11:08:00 AM America/New_York

In this article, we will take a look at new vs. used skates and all you need to know before you buy your next pair.

Sports Zone Canada has been a part of the Kitchener – Waterloo community for over 16 years. We are committed to providing sporting enthusiasts with the highest quality new and used skates at unbeatable prices - contact us today to learn more about our skates!

Now. let's dig in and take a closer look at new and used skates.

New vs. Used Skates Complete Comparison

New Skates - What You Can Expect to Spend

Treat yourself to a new pair of skates by visiting Sports Zone today!

Hockey skates come in a number of brands and varieties, ranging from basic entry-level boots to high-end skates worn by the pros. It should come as no surprise that the more high-tech the skate, the more you'll spend.

Here's a quick look at the different tiers available:

  • Entry Level Skates ($49.99 - $79.99) - For those on a tight budget who only plan to skate with the family a few times per year.
  • Upper Entry Level Skates ($69.99 - $149.99) - Ideal for beginners who want an improved entry-level skate, or for players on a budget who don't need any high-end features.
  • Lower Mid Range Skates ($149.99 - $199.99) - Perfect for players in lower divisions who want a durable skate with some higher-end features.
  • Mid Range Skates ($209.99 - $329.99) - Great for both beginners and experienced players. Durable and affordable. This is the lowest price point where skates can be customized to provide a more comfortable fit right out of the box.
  • Upper Mid Range Skates ($199.99 - $399.99) - For adult league players who want a comfortable and supportive skate.
  • Third Tier Skates ($399.99 - $549.99) - These skates don't have all the features of a top-of-the-line skate, but they're well suited to keep any intermediate to advanced-level player happy in terms of performance and price.
  • Second Tier Skates ($449.99 - $749.99) - Perfect for players who want a high-performance skate without having to pay the highest price, they will last many years with proper care.
  • Top Of The Line Skates ($599.99 - $999.99+) - High price tag but worth the investment for the most serious of hockey players.

Sports Zone categorizes our skate as Youth, Junior and Senior. Each offers different price ranges, and our in-store experts can help get you the best bang for your buck. Once you've purchased a new pair, be sure to stick around to get your blades properly sharpened and contoured.

Benefits of Used Skates

Going the used skates route is a viable option for beginner to intermediate level players, especially for young people bound to grow out of them sooner than later!

There are several benefits to buying used skates, including the following:

Savings - As outlined above, a brand new pair of skates can dent your wallet pretty quickly. Buying used allows you to save some valuable funds and use them for other pieces of equipment that should be bought new - helmets, for example.

Comfort - The thing with new skates is they take some time to break-in, especially if they're not customized to fit your feet. By definition, used skates have been around the rink several times, and should offer a more comfortable fit early on.

Variety - Price points may limit your ability to purchase a high-end skate, but used options allow you to get your feet into brands and types that would otherwise be outside your budget.

Sports Zone offers a trade-in program that allows you to bring in your old skates and flip that credit towards a new or new-to-you pair

Get A Custom Fit With Bauer 3D Skate Lab

Sports Zone is proud to feature a Bauer 3D skate lab. This tool uses scientific algorithms to determine the perfect skate for you.

After scanning your foot, the integrated measurement system will analyze your foot and provide key information on the length, width, and depth of your foot profile. It will then recommend the best skate for optimal comfort and performance.

Visit Sports Zone today to give it a try!

If you're still on the fence with regards to buying new or used skates, this video is quite helpful!

Trust Sports Zone For The Best in New and Used |Skates

Like the major chain sporting retailers, we carry all the major hockey skate brands you need to play your best. Sports Zone also has a trade-in program. Bring in your used equipment and get credit towards your next purchase!

The Sports Zone difference is our personalized level of service. We pledge to offer the customer a personal, small-store service experience but with all the sports equipment and apparel athletes need to excel at their sport.

As Waterloo's largest independent sports retailer, we've provided thousands of athletes with the high-performance sports gear that helped them excel in their chosen sport - and we can do the same for you.

Whether you need skate sharpening, hockey equipment, skates, hockey sticks, goalie equipment, figure skates, or other sporting equipment, Sports Zone has what you need at the best price, guaranteed!

Visit us today to get the best sports equipment you need to compete and take advantage of our in-store services.

Or, you can order online if you're outside the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

What our customers are saying:

"Excellent customer service picking out skates for my child, and got a good discount. Can't ask for more!"

- Monica Bielecka

Posted in Blog By Vince Turkalj

Guide To The Average Cost Of Hockey Equipment

Friday, November 29, 2019 8:15:00 AM America/New_York

In this article, you will find our Guide To The Average Cost Of Hockey Equipment.

Sports Zone has been operating in Waterloo for over 16 years. We are committed to providing hockey enthusiasts with the highest quality equipment available at unbeatable prices both in-store and online - contact us today to learn more!

When assessing the average cost of hockey equipment, it's important to remember there are some articles to buy new, and others you can look for used. Let's dig in and take a deeper look.

Guide To The Average Cost Of Hockey Equipment

What You Can Expect To Pay

The average cost of hockey equipment depends on whether you go all out with the top brands or settled for used hockey equipment, but here's a general guideline via newtohockey.com:

  • All New: $500 – $1000 (Depending on what sales you find)
  • New and Used: $300 – $500
  • Mostly all used: $200 – $300

As we will discuss later in this article, there are some pieces that can be bought used, and other pieces you should prepare to set aside a larger budget to purchase new.

The fact that kids grow so quickly means it's prudent to prioritize used equipment for youth hockey players, thereby lowering the average cost of hockey equipment for kids. Adults can invest a bit more, knowing they're likely to use their gear for many years to come.

Don't forget the hockey bag when assessing the average cost of hockey equipment!

What You Need To Play

Above, we covered the average cost of hockey equipment, but if you're a parent in need of gear for your child or an adult new to playing the game, you may not know what exactly what you even need.

Here are the basics:

It's a fairly lengthy list, enough to fill your hockey bag, which you should also add to your list.

But don't fret - Sports Zone is here to help. We not only offer the very best in hockey equipment, we also offer the following used items: shoulder padspantsglovesshin guards, and elbow pads.

Used options are limited, and that's because there are certain pieces that warrant spending on new due to safety and hygeine, raising the average cost of hockey equipment.

To make things easier, though, we offer a trade-in program so you can bring in your old equipment and get credit towards new gear.

Here's a look at some of our new arrivals:

When To Spend And When To Save

As mentioned above, there are some pieces of hockey equipment you should buy new, and others where you can definitely get away with taking the used route.

This CBC article sheds some light on when you can save and on what you should spend:

  • Helmet - Spend: This is one of the most important pieces of equipment, and you want to make sure you get one that has not been banged up as that could compromise head safety.

  • Protective Gear - Save: Again, shoulder padspantsglovesshin guards, and elbow pads can all be purchased second-hand. This can really save you a lot of money! For protective gear, it's best to look for gently used items.

  • Jock, Undergarments - Spend: For these items, the hygienic choice is to go new. You just don't know where these items have been in the past and it's not worth the health risk.

  • Skates - Spend or Save: Skates are another item you can save on, and you can benefit from putting your feet into a used pair that have already been broken in. However, buying new allows for optimization opportunities. Sports Zone, for example, has a Bauer 3D skate lab that scans and measures each foot for the best possible fit.

  • Sticks - Spend: When taking to the ice, you want to make sure your stick will provide peak performance. Sticks can be weakened by use over time, so invest in a high-quality stick such as the Bauer Supreme ADV. At Sports Zone, we have a CCM Performance Lab that can help you find the best stick just for you. Here's Matt Duchene of the Nashville Predators taking it for a test run:

Visit Sports Zone For The Best in New and Used Hockey Equipment

Like the major chain sporting retailers, we carry all the major brands you need to play your best. The Sports Zone difference, however, is our personalized level of service. We pledge to offer the customer a personal, small-store service experience but with all the sports equipment and apparel athletes need to excel at their sport.

As Waterloo's largest independent sports retailer, we've provided thousands of athletes with the high-performance sports gear that helped them excel in their chosen sport - and we can do the same for you.

Whether you need hockey equipment, skates, hockey sticks, goalie equipment, figure skates, or baseball equipment, Sports Zone has what you need at the best price, guaranteed!

Sports Zone is a serious player in the sporting store market. Because we purchase our sports products in volume, we provide the same discount levels offered by national chains and big-box retailers. Our price match promise means we won’t just match another store’s advertised price - we’ll beat it by an additional 5%! 

Visit us today to get the best sports equipment you need to compete and take advantage of our in-store services.

Or, you can order online if you're outside the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

What Sports Zone Customers Are Saying:

"Friendly owners and staff, want the best for their customers and will go above and beyond helping you find the equipment that will fit your price range and your needs. Personal service that you just don't get with bigger sports stores around the city."

- Eric Bell

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New vs. Used Hockey Equipment: What You Need To Know

Friday, November 22, 2019 8:17:00 AM America/New_York

In this article, we will discuss new vs. used hockey equipment, and what you need to know when planning for a new season.

Sports Zone offers the very best in new and used hockey equipment, and we allow trade-ins so that you can maximize your dollar - visit us today to learn more.

Now let's dig in and take a closer look at the benefits of investing in new hockey gear and when it's appropriate to purchase used equipment.

New vs. Used Hockey Equipment: What You Need To Know

The Essentials

If you're new to playing hockey, you may not know what you need in order to gear up. It's a decent-sized list, sure to fill your hockey bag, which is a good starting point!

So, what will you need?

Here at Sports Zone, we offer the following used items: shoulder pads, pants, gloves, shin guards, and elbow pads. Used options are limited, and that's because there are certain pieces that warrant buying new, and others where you can confidently purchase used.

To make things even easier, we offer a trade-in program so you can bring in your old equipment and get credit towards new gear.

Spend Or Save With Used Hockey Equipment

There are some pieces of hockey equipment you should buy new, and others where you can seek out the best in used hockey equipment.

This CBC article sheds some light on when you can save and on what you should spend:

  • Helmet - Spend: You want to make sure you get one that has not been dented or cracked. Buying new is the best way to ensure it's able to properly protect your head.
  • Protective Gear - Save: Items like shoulder padspantsglovesshin guards, and elbow pads can all be purchased used, and you can save a lot of money by settling for gently used items instead of new.
  • Jock, Undergarments - Spend: For hygiene's sake, buy new! You just don't know where these items have been and it's not worth the health risk.
  • Sticks - Spend: When taking to the ice, you want a stick that will provide maximum performance. Sticks are weakened by use over time, meaning you should invest in a high-quality stick such as the Bauer Supreme ADV.
  • Skates - Spend or Save: Skates are another savings opportunity, and you can save yourself a lot of aches and pains by sliding into a used pair that have already been broken in. Buying new allows for optimization opportunities. Sports Zone, for example, has a Bauer 3D skate lab that scans and measures each foot for the best possible fit!

Common Hockey Equipment Questions

How Much?

The estimated cost depends on whether you go all out with the top brands or settled for used hockey equipment, but here's a general guideline via newtohockey.com:

  • All new: $500 – $1,000 depending on what sales you find
  • New and Used: $300 – $500
  • Mostly all used: $200 – $300

Again, protective gear doesn't need to be bought new, and there's a great opportunity for savings there. Your skates could end up costing you the most, followed by your helmet and gloves. The stick is an x-factor because you could choose to go all out with a premium model.

Do I need to buy everything at once?

No. All you really need to start playing is a stick and skates. If you want to play pick-up hockey, you will probably need skates, gloves, a stick and a helmet. If you play in a competitive league, you'll need full equipment. All this to say, you can slowly transition into all the equipment you need over time. 

You don't have to break the bank to get the best hockey equipment. Seek out sales, buy out of season, take advantage of trade-in programs, and rely on experts to make sure it's all up to code.

"The most important thing to keep in mind when sourcing all sports equipment is the safety of the piece," according to Active For Life.

Hockey helmets must have a CSA (Canadian Standards Association) sticker and must be free from cracks. For skates, ensure there are no missing or rusted rivets, rusted or cracked blades, or cut leather. For all other pieces, look for signs of wear and tear and most importantly, make sure they fit properly.

Sports Zone is a serious player in the sporting store market. Because we purchase our sports products in volume, we provide the same discount levels offered by national chains and big-box retailers. Our price match promise means we won’t just match another store’s advertised price - we’ll beat it by an additional 5%! 

How Do I Start Playing Hockey?

There are entry programs for kids, and here's a great guide on how to start playing hockey as an adult as well as information on how to find the best equipment.

Sports Zone can make sure you're outfitted with the best new or used hockey equipment

Visit Sports Zone For The Best in New and Used Hockey Equipment

Like the major chain sporting retailers, we carry all the major brands you need to play your best. The Sports Zone difference, however, is our personalized level of service. We pledge to offer the customer a personal, small-store service experience but with all the sports equipment and apparel athletes need to excel at their sport.

As Waterloo's largest independent sports retailer, we've provided thousands of athletes like you with the high-performance sports gear that helped them excel in their chosen sport and we can do the same for you.

Whether you need hockey equipment, skates, hockey sticks, goalie equipment, figure skates, or baseball equipment, Sports Zone has what you need at the best price, guaranteed!

Visit us today to get the best sports equipment you need to compete and take advantage of our in-store services.

Or you can order online if you're outside the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

What Sports Zone Customers Are Saying:

"My son has special needs for his skates as his feet are very wide and curved. Vince (owner) was able to look at his feet and special order skates for him and additionally heat molded them to his feet. This changed my son's skating experience which is now pain free! This is the place to go for sporting specialization and knowledgeable staff." 
-Mary S.

 



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CCM RibCor Trigger 4 Pro Hockey Stick

Thursday, November 21, 2019 6:07:08 PM America/New_York

New for November 22, 2019, is the CCM RibCor Trigger 4 Pro Hockey Stick. Check out what all the buzz is about with this brand new twig.

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Sports Equipment Kitchener

Friday, November 15, 2019 1:28:00 PM America/New_York

In today's post, we are going to take a look at the best sports equipment Kitchener has to offer. 

Whether you're into hockey, figure skating, baseball, softball, lacrosse, ringette, field hockey or soccer, you deserve the best sports equipment Kitchener has to offer - contact Sports Zone today to learn more

Now let's dig in!

Sports Equipment Kitchener

The Sports Equipment You Need

Kitchener area residents are very active, and there's a high demand for high-quality sports equipment. Luckily, Sports Zone is here for you!

We are a premier local leader in the sports gear industry and have approximately 15,000 square feet of inventory space filled with new and used sporting equipment. We also have a massive online store with over 11,000 items!

Our inventory includes: 

We have the equipment you need to dominate your softball league

As the area's largest independent sports retailer, we've provided thousands of athletes with the high-performance sports gear that has helped them excel in their chosen sport. We are happy to do the same for you.

Sports Zone also has a trade-in program. Bring in your used equipment and get credit towards your next purchase!

Sports Zone is proud to have been chosen to offer the Bauer Supreme ADV, a limited-edition, high-performance stick released on October 12, 2019. To learn more about this stick, contact us today.

The Bauer Supreme ADV is a prime example of Sports Zone carrying the very best in sports equipment

Why Sports Zone Is The Best Place For Sports Equipment In Kitchener

The Sports Zone difference is our personalized level of service. We pledge to offer the customer a personal, small-store service experience with all the sports equipment and apparel that athletes need to excel at their sport.

Specialized services:

  • Two machines dedicated for hockey skate sharpening
  • One machine dedicated as a figure skate detailing and sharpening center

We employ a tool and die approach to our skate sharpening; after all, we are cutting steel! Our sharpeners use a machinist square tool to meter it to perfection and the end result is better blade performance on the ice.

But that's not all!

    • Skate blade and holder replacements to most makes
    • Rivet and eyelet repair
    • Helmet hardware
    • Glove re-lacing as well as small goalie repairs
    • SRS shaft repair system. 

Sports Zone Kitchener also features a Bauer 3D skate lab for the best possible fit! We also have a state of the art CCM stick fitter, where you can handle a stick embedded with a chip and sensors that will analyze how you shoot and recommend proper flex and curve. There's even a batting cage to try out the latest in bats!

Where To Find The Best Sports Equipment in Kitchener

Sports Zone is located at 92 Lodge Street in Waterloo, ON.

Hours:

      • MON TO FRI 10AM TO 8PM
      •   
      • SAT 9AM - 5PM
      •  
      • SUN 11AM - 5PM

Want The Best Sports Equipment Kitchener Has To Offer? Come to Sports Zone!

Like the major chain sporting retailers, we carry all the major brands you need to play your best.

The Sports Zone difference, however, is our personalized level of service. We offer you a personal, small-store experience with all the sports equipment and apparel you need to excel at your sport.

As Waterloo's largest independent sports retailer, we've provided thousands of athletes like you with the high-performance sports gear that helped them excel in their chosen sport and we can do the same for you.

Whether you need football team gear, hockey equipment, skates, hockey sticks, goalie equipment, figure skates, or baseball equipment, Sports Zone has what you need at the best price, guaranteed!

Visit us today to get the best sports equipment you need to compete and take advantage of our in-store services.

Or you can order online if you're outside the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

WHAT SPORTS ZONE CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING:

"I've been going to Sports Zone for my figure skating needs and my brother for his hockey equipment for the longest time. Vince and Susan are amazing people to work with and treat their customers amazingly well. They have incredible knowledge about their products and only want the best for their customers."
-Kimberley Slimming

 

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