It doesn’t matter what level you are playing or where in the world you are playing; there are several hockey accessories that you always need to have inside your bag.
In today’s discussion, Puck Drawn Hockey ‘is going to be taking a look at some recommended accessories to carry in the hockey bags for players of all ages, skills, and levels.
First and foremost, it is going to be the tape. Don’t be that player that’s forever asking for tape. Whether it’s white tape, black tape for your stick, or leg tape, make sure that you have some of them inside your bag. Tape is the most basic accessory to make sure that you have inside your bag at all times.
Next, if you’re playing with a visor instead of a cage, a cloth that’s dedicated to wiping your visor is suggested. The reason for this is that, if you keep using a variety of different things, you won’t have anything solely dedicated to clean your visor with.
Visors can be quite expensive, and the last thing you want is that the item you use to clean the visor ends up scratching it. Thus, having a simple little cloth inside your bag for this purpose is recommended.
Visor Cleaners/ Defogger/ Anti-misters
Straight after that is going to be visor cleaners, defogger, or anti misters, basically any products to keep your visor clean. Some of our favorite products for making sure that your visor stays clean are the AR FogGard, the AR Hockey Spit, and also the Bosport Cleaning emulsion in spray.
Cage Assembly Kit
For players who use a cage instead of a visor, one accessory we suggest that you have in your bag is the cage assembly kit. Of course, this isn’t for putting your cage onto your helmet because if you buy a helmet with a cage, it must have already been done for you. Also, when you buy a cage, you will get all of the accessories that go with it.
However, this kit is basically backups of those accessories. A cage assembly kit often includes the buttons, the clips, ear slings, and the screws that can go into the cage to make sure that it’s secure and protective.
The last thing you want in your career is to turn up to a very important game with your team, and basically not be allowed to play.
In some countries, the UK for example, if your cage or your helmets are missing a chin strap, the buttons or clips aren’t secured properly, or some screws are missing depending on where they are, you can get kicked out of the game and prevented from playing until you either replace the helmet and cage, or get them repaired.
In these cases, having one of these accessories inside your bag would make things so easy. Also, it’s going to save you a lot of hassle if anything happens or you need to fix something on the flight.
These details on your gear tend to be very durable, but once they break or get cut, make sure you have some backups with you. The great thing about all of these backups is none of them are expensive. They’re all low costing accessories, but they can get us out of some pretty hot water while we’re on the ice.
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Helmet Hardware Kit
Of course, when mentioning helmets, another one crucial thing is going to be your helmet hardware kit. This kit includes, again, a bunch of clips and screws that often fall out of helmets after we’ve used them for a while.
They can also be general things that get beaten up through the general wear and tear of playing the game. However, if anything breaks or needs to be replaced, you must have it right there so you can do it anytime you need to.
From the issues mentioned above, we have another critical accessory that every single player should have. This is going to be underutilized but very ignored – a backup chinstrap. This is probably one of those underutilized things we don’t think about how important they are.
The truth is a lot of players play without their chin straps even done up. Still, you need to remember that if the strap is not around your chin and appropriately secured to your helmet, you could be putting yourself at risk of getting pretty bad head injuries if you get hit on the ice.
Hockey is a physical sport, so make sure that your head is safe because the head is the most vulnerable body part and probably the most hazardous part of your body to get hit. It’s worthwhile to have one of these spur chin straps because even if you get a good quality helmet, some of the attachments and buttons that clip the chin straps together can get beaten up over time.
Chinstrap attachments can corrode and rust, which makes them lose their integrity. In these cases, they might not faster nor adjust or even clip properly.
Thus, it’s a crucial thing to have inside your bag to not only make sure that you’re safe but also give you a bit more confidence because you know that if anything goes wrong with your equipment, you’re able to fix it right away.
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Helmet Repair Kit
A variation of these helmet hardware kits is the helmet repair kit. It has, again, all of those necessary clips and screws that we sometimes lose.
They can come in a beautiful, handy little case, along with a mini-screwdriver inside, which is pretty sweet because you’re able to keep all of the screws neatly inside the case, so everything’s organized and easy to find.
Of course, kits that come in, plastic bags are of good quality as well, but once you open it, it can be a pain to keep them closed.
Moving forward, you need this accessory if you like to be organized and know where all of your stuff is – the laces. We are sure if your coach sees laces in your bag, they’re going to give you some props for being helpful and organized. Fairly straightforward, who doesn’t like an organized hockey player?
Try to tell yourself how many times you have blown out laces. You just can’t, admit it. The ends of the laces often puff out, which makes it very difficult to put them through the eyelets of your skates.
Messing around with laces can make things unnecessarily lengthy while you’re trying to get ready. In some cases, you might even cut a lace on the ice if they get undone, and you step on them with your blades.
So having some of these low-cost backup laces inside your bag can easily keep you organized and also allows you to focus on the game.
The next accessory is amazingly powerful. They are the inserts that go into your skates. The inserts sit above your toes inside the toe box of the skates to reduce any negative space there. So not only are they incredibly comfortable to use while you’re on the ice, but because they eliminate that negative space, you’re able to get better stride efficiency power.
The PowerProof insert is something that we’d recommend. These little pads are phenomenal with great comfort, and they do improve your performance on the ice.
These particular inserts are for junior players, but other manufacturers also make inserts for seniors. Thus, this is one accessory for every hockey player to have inside their bags.
Last but not least is going to be the Tape Tiger. This equipment is not new by any means. It’s been around for a very long time, but a lot of hockey players haven’t known about it yet.
The tape tiger is for removing old tape from your hockey stick. It works on the blade of the stick and also on the bottom of the stick. You will be able to cut away the tape in literally seconds, instead of having to spend 10 to 15 minutes taping your stick.
Even if the tape is old and stuck on there, you can get it done in probably about 3 to 4 seconds with this thing. We are super impressed by it on our first try, and we think every hockey player should have one of these in their bags.
It just makes things easy and convenient. Who doesn’t want to make things more efficient and timely before they get onto the ice?
Every hockey player should perceive the importance of little details. You want to make sure that you have enough equipment for every situation, from your most essential hockey gear to your little accessories.