The countdown is on, people. We are about a month out from starting hockey season around here and you know what that means?
Lists. Like any year, we make a list for the school supplies that are needed for the start of the year.
But in the House of Hockey, we also make a list of hockey equipment that needs to be repaired or replaced before the season starts. And lucky for my bank account (<- sarcasm), Boy #3 just went through (yet another) growth spurt.
Luckier still, he needs the one size of skates I don’t have yet. Sometimes the universe just does not allow for luck. Before you go thinking this is all woe is me, I need to remind you all that we have very generous friends and this will be only the third set of skates I have purchased.
With three boys and four seasons of hockey under my belt, the track record is pretty darned good.
So we’ve discussed how to fit kids for skates here on the Chronicles but once you get them home, and the novelty of “new” has worn off, you’re going to want to get those brand new skates broken in fast. If only to save you from the whining.
First, know that it’s going to take about three good sessions of skating to break them in if the only time you’ve got is when your player is on the ice. Nothing wrong with it and if I’m being honest, that’s how we tend to go about it.
If you want to speed the process up a little, you can go one of two ways:
Professional Method to Break in New Hockey Skates:
Find a local skate shop that has an oven and can “bake” the skates. That will allow the skate to mould to your player’s foot. There are tutorials on how to bake them at home, but as a baker, the thought of putting a set of skates in my oven (and the associated smell) is enough to have me hunting down the professionals. Also, if I’m spending that kind of money on equipment, I want to be sure that I’m not wrecking them right out of the box. I feel like this is one of those best-left-to-trained-people things.
I’m going to admit, I have no idea how much this costs because, as I said above, we tend to tough it out. Or we have. It’s always been the case with Boy #1 to this point because he is fairly adaptable. I’m seriously considering this option for Boy #3’s new skates since he is at a stage where anything that is slightly outside of what he knows is the end of the world. So…new skates will likely not be tolerated.
At Home Method to Break in New Hockey Skates:
Those of you that don’t have a skate oven nearby, or would rather not spend the money (whatever the cost might be), never fear. You can break in the skates at home. You need a set of skate guards. And warm, wet socks.
Y’all, this is where I get the heebie jeebies because wet socks are a pet peeve of mine. Nothing makes me crankier, faster. However, this does not seem to phase my children. So warm water, put the skates on, lace ’em up, and wear them around for about 30 minutes. Rinse and repeat for a couple of nights. Voila, broken in skates.
As we gear up (ha, see what I did there? Punny), if there’s something you would like to know, throw me a comment or an email. Let me do the work for you. I’ll scour my sources and the interwebs for answers.
Until then, wish me (and my bank account) luck. I suspect we need a full set of gear and not just the skates. We’re running out of time, so the list needs to be made sooner rather than later.
See you at the rink,