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Beat the dog days with the Great Skate Summer Sale

Great Skate 30th Annual Summer Sale
Great Skate 30th Annual Summer Sale August 1st – 10th, 2013

As the summer days roll along and the temperatures continue to rise, there’s one event on the horizon that will have you thinking of cold, wintry weather in no time.

The 30th annual Great Skate Summer Sale is kicking off on August 1 and will continue through to August 10. The sale is available online, at greatskate.com and at our Buffalo, NY store. In addition to phenomenal deals on this year’s best equipment, you will have the opportunity to demo hockey’s newest releases and take part in a number of exciting giveaways and promotions.

Bauer, CCM, Easton, Reebok and Warrior will each be participating in demo days between August 5 and 9 that will feature each manufacturer’s newest sticks and equipment. Players will have the opportunity to demo the newest sticks which will be hitting the market along with trying on each company’s newest gear between 10am and 6pm each day that the demos take place.

Along with providing a unique demo of their newest equipment and sticks, Easton will also be providing an opportunity for a team to win a full set (18) of Easton composite sticks for the season. All you need to do is provide your full team roster to enter the drawing for the team set.

Bauer is getting in on the fun as well, offering a week’s worth of prizes that run from Monday through Friday and include a Ryan Keseler James VanRiemsdyk and Patrick Kane sticks, a new pair of Vapor APX skates and Friday’s grand prize of Bauer sticks for a year.

The Summer Sale will also feature one of the newest Buffalo Sabres as Buffalo’s own Justin Bailey will be on hand from 5pm to 6pm on August 1. You will have a chance to test your shot against Bailey and see how you stack up against an NHL draft pick.

Bailey won’t be the only competition Summer Sale guests will have for shooting. Warrior is sponsoring the Warrior Hockey Chara Challenge which will be a fastest shot competition with giveaways that include Warrior merchandise and a Dynasty AX1 stick.

In addition to the Chara Challenge, Warrior will be providing one lucky winner with two tickets to the 2014 Winter Classic at the Big House in Ann Arbor, Michigan with $200 spending money and one night’s hotel accommodations for the game.

Be sure not to miss your opportunity to take home any one of the terrific prizes that will be up for grabs while also taking advantage of all the phenomenal deals that will provide up to 80% savings on select items.

The 30th annual Great Skate Summer Sale kicks off on August 1, be sure you don’t to miss a minute.

In the Crease: Maintaining your gear

Perhaps no one position relies more on their equipment than goaltenders. From your skates to your helmet, every piece of gear can be used to make a save and is therefore vital in each and every game. Making sure your equipment is maintained is an important part of playing between the pipes.

While goaltending equipment is anything but fragile, it is important to ensure it is maintained properly. Ensuring to properly dry and store your equipment is an obvious rule of thumb but there are some other actions you can take to ensure your gear will help you perform at an elite level.

– Maintain the shape of your glove’s pocket

Each model of catching gloves have different features and construction methods for the pocket. Some have a hockey lace pocket, some use basic twine. Some have a split-T, some a reinforced-T and others a simple single-T. However, it is vital to make sure your pocket maintains proper integrity at all times.

A simple way to do this is to pop a softball in your glove when you’re storing it. This may not work for those of you who dry their gloves in the open position. But whenever you have the opportunity, toss a regular softball in the pocket.

The size of the softball will keep the T fully shaped and also keep the twine or lace pulled out with the T. This will ensure that the pocket will not collapse or lose its original structure. While it may not seem like much, it will help with popouts when making saves with your glove and sealing on the ice when covering the puck.

– Save your laces

All goal pads come with very generic twine to tie your skates into the pad at the toe bridge. This twine isn’t the best option for you to use when tying your pads into your skates. One of the first things I do when I get a new set of pads (which isn’t often enough) is to pull out the stock twine that the pad is manufactured with and replace it with skate lace.

Skate lace is far more durable than the stock twine and can also be adjusted to any length that you’re comfortable with. Using skate lace will give you a long-lasting product on a portion of your pad that is under constant stress and wear. Skate last will last far longer than the life expectancy of the stock twine.

The skate lace will also allow you to cut it to the exact length you prefer when tying in your pads will all but eliminate the lace from either coming untied or hanging down around the ice during games or practices. Stepping on a loose piece of twine is a terrifying feeling and putting your own skate lace in will make you feel very secure.

Another helpful hint with the lace: don’t buy a brand new set of laces for this. Collect old or ripped laces from around the locker room (or if you replace your laces). You don’t need a full 96” lace for your pads and even an old, ripped lace will be cut and adjusted anyway.

– Make those laces last

Most goal skates have a full plastic cowling these days. The plastic is rounded and smooth which makes the area between the blade and cowling an area far less susceptible to wear. However, older skates and some lower price point models still have exposed steel. Whether you have a full-plastic cowling or exposed steel, it is wise to wrap tape around those areas your pad lacing and straps will rub against. The tape will limit wear and add life to those parts of the pad. Once again, another nice way to prevent the laces that you use to tie into your pads from ending up on the ice.

– Dry your pads upside down

This is only a recommendation you should follow if you really like having a significant s-curve in your pads. If you prefer or use a stiffer pad, don’t try this. By storing your pads upside down, the wettest portion (the bottom) will help to add pressure on the rest of the pad while drying, thus slowly creating a more pronounced s-curve. I used this on my old Vaughn Velocity models and it led to great closure along the ice and at the five hole when I was in the butterfly. I have since stopped since going to a longer pad that has a different construction.

The main drawback is that this will shorten your pads over their lifetime. So if you don’t have a tall enough pad, or don’t want to lose that vertical length, don’t give this a try. However, the s-curve it creates will help when the pads are on the ice.

If I were to go back to a leg pad with a softer construction (Velocity or even Bauer’s new Reactor) I’d consider flipping my pads once again. This is definitely not for everyone, but I loved the way my pads performed when I tried it.

– Treat your gear as well as you want to play

This is more about the mindset associated with playing the game more than anything else. As the saying goes, “look good, play good” (sic). If you’re happy with how your gear feels and performs, you’re likely to respond in a similar manner. If your equipment is soggy, feels awful and is breaking down, you probably won’t play very well.

Make sure you fully air out your equipment, take sweatbands out of your helmet or other removable areas on your gear. You should want your gear to last as long as possible and perform at the maximum level. Hopefully these tips will steer you in the right direction.

Help Your Kids Train with the Best Kids Hockey Equipment

Bauer Supreme ONE.6 Youth Ice Hockey Skates
Bauer Supreme ONE.6 Youth Ice Hockey Skates

Hockey requires quite a bit of equipment from sticks to skates to pads and gloves. It can be confusing and expensive, trying to decide just what equipment you need to get for the child that loves hockey. Luckily, at Great Skate Hockey Supply Company, we’ve got a full range of kids hockey equipment at great prices, along with lots of expert advice.

The first piece of hockey equipment you should buy is the skate. Now your kids can use the same skates their favorite pro players do, because we have them in perfect junior fits. We’ve got all the hot brand name skates, including the Bauer Vapor APXs. These lightweight form-fitting skates will improve your child’s game, and they are especially designed to give healthy support to growing feet.

What your kids wear is just as important as the hockey equipment they use. Hockey is a game of speed and quick moves, so players have to wear pants that are particularly light and flexible. The perfect pair of hockey bottoms will be made from a tight-fitting yet stretchy material–ideally a rayon/spandex/polyester blend. The bottoms keep legs safe and warm without adding weight or bulk. We carry professional-grade junior fit hockey pants from brand names like Bauer that you know and trust.

An appropriate helmet is absolutely essential as well. That’s why we stock helmets specifically designed for junior-sized players, along with other protective gear such as shields, knee pads and gloves.

Whatever hockey equipment your kids need, you’ll find it at Great Skate Hockey Supply Company, call toll free at 1.800.828.7496, or visit us at www.greatskate.com.

Guaranteed Savings on Youth Ice Hockey Equipment

At Great Skate Hockey Supply Company, we go to great lengths to ensure we’re the number-one resource for youth and adult ice hockey equipment anywhere. In addition to our low prices, we’re known for our massive inventory of products, our superb customer service and our knowledge of the game. In fact, regardless of your question, we’re bound to have the answer. Want to test us? Give us a call at (800) 828-7496 or email us at greatskate@greatskate.com with your questions.

Our mission is to become your preferred supplier for youth ice hockey equipment. Whether you choose to shop via our website at www.greatskate.com or through our catalog, you’ll find everything you’re looking for–guaranteed. If you don’t see the product you’re looking for in our online inventory, we can probably get it for you, and at a lower price than any other retailer in the country.

Although all of our items are priced to sell at 25 to 75 percent off the regular retail price, there are even more ways to save money at Great Skate Hockey Supply Company. If you want to save an additional 10 percent off your order, get your youth ice hockey team together and place your orders at the same time.

Remember, each time you order a piece of equipment in quantities of 10 or more, you’ll be given a group discount. And, with free shipping on most orders over $75, you’ll get an even bigger bargain!

The Largest Selection of Youth Hockey Helmets on the Internet

Youth hockey is all about teamwork, improving cardiovascular health and developing hand-eye coordination. For many families the sport is central to their lives, and they spend hours practicing and competing against other youth teams. If you want your child to years of hockey success, the right headgear is absolutely crucial!

In hockey, falls are inevitable. After all, players are on either ice or roller blades during game play, which requires incredible balance and coordination. It’s not surprising that head injuries are the most common injury in hockey. To prevent your child from becoming seriously injured, helmets are a must!

Here at Great Skate Hockey Supply Company, we sell youth helmets specially designed to fit snugly around small heads. Helmets such as the Cascade M11  & the Cascasde M11 Pro by Cascade come in a variety of sizes, from small to large, ensuring that the helmet you choose fits perfectly. Other features of this helmet includes the memory foam liner, comfortable pro-ear loops and approval by the CSA, CE and HECC. You can view this and more of our products at www.greatskate.com.

Although some helmets come equipped with a face cage, you may need to purchase one separately. The cage protects the player’s face from flying pucks and sticks, preventing injuries to the eyes, nose and mouth. For help purchasing these or other youth hockey items, please call us toll-free at (800) 828-7496 or email us at greatskate@greatskate.com. Let us be your hockey helmet headquarters!

Youth Hockey Goalie Equipment for Roller and Ice Hockey

In the market for youth hockey equipment? Here at Great Skate Hockey Supply Company, we sell a full line of equipment from the brands you trust. Whether you’re seeking gear from Mission, Bauer, Reebok, CCM, or Warrior, we have exactly what you’re looking for. Search by manufacturer, or by category, and you’ll have instant access to the best hockey equipment available today.

If your child is a goalie, you know how important high-quality equipment is to enhancing performance and maintaining safety. You also know how expensive some goalie gear can be. Thankfully, when you shop with us, you’ll receive between 25 and 75 percent off the original retail value on every purchase you make! In fact, we guarantee that our prices are the lowest you’ll find. If they’re not, we’ll match the price of any U.S. competitor!

The youth goalie equipment that we sell at www.greatskate.com includes products for both roller and ice hockey. To find these products, just click on the “goalie equipment” icon and choose the items you’re looking for–helmets, sticks, skates, pads, armpads or accessories. Want to make sure you’re not forgetting anything? We have a handy checklist that breaks down all of the hockey equipment your child needs.

As any parent knows, youth hockey can easily become a way of life. We understand your passion for the sport and are knowledgeable about the equipment we sell. If you have any questions or would like some advice, please call us toll-free at (800) 828-7496 or email us at greatskate@greatskate.com. We’re always happy to speak with customers!

Group Discounts on Youth Goalie Equipment

Your responsibility as a youth hockey coach isn’t just to teach children the sport, it’s to keep them safe. Although not an extremely dangerous sport, proper protection is a must for your players–especially the goalie. When outfitting your goalie in protective gear, it’s important to use equipment that is the highest quality possible. Thankfully, here at Great Skate Hockey Supply Company, you’ll find tons of youth goalie equipment to suit your budget!

What is your players’ safety worth to you? When you shop with us, you won’t have to answer this question, as we guarantee all of our goalie equipment for the lowest possible prices. You’ll be able to offer your players the best equipment, from sticks to helmets to pads.

When you visit our website at www.greatskate.com, you’ll be given instant access to our full catalog of merchandise, complete with photos and descriptions of our equipment. With large quantities of gear for both players and goalies, you’ll have an easy time getting every last item your team needs. Plus, if you order your equipment in quantities of 10 or more, you’ll get a 10 percent group discount!

Youth sports are an important part of children’s development, and hockey is especially beneficial. Not only is it great exercise, but it teaches team work and improves hand, eye and foot coordination. To give your players the best chance of success, make sure that they have the equipment they need. To learn more about us and our youth goalie equipment, please call us toll-free at (800) 828-7496 or email us at greatskate@greatskate.com.

Information on Youth Bauer Hockey Equipment

As a youth hockey coach, you’re probably always on the lookout for a good deal. Here at Great Skate Hockey Supply Company, we offer group discounts when you order 10 or more of the same item. So whether you’re in need of hockey sticks or goalie equipment, you’ll receive a full 10 percent off when you place your order with us!

When you make us your resource for youth hockey equipment, you’ll always know about the newest products on the market, the most popular products and the best equipment for your young players. We understand the unique needs of children and will help you outfit them in safe, solid gear. Check out our online catalog at www.greatskate.com, or request a free catalog by clicking on the link at the top of our homepage. Either way, you’ll be quickly connected to some of the best Bauer hockey equipment available.

Finding inexpensive Bauer hockey equipment for youth players is important. Kids grow fast: Before you know it, it’ll be time for new skates, new sticks and new pants. If you’d like more information on our group discount, please call us toll-free at (800) 828-7496 or email us atgreatskate@greatskate.com.

Bauer is one of the best names in youth hockey equipment. Established in 1927, Bauer was the first company to produce a hockey skate in which the blade was attached to the boot. Today, the company is a subsidiary of Nike, an acquisition that was made in 1994. As of 2006, all of the Bauer products now bear the name Bauer.