Hockey Equipment Guides & Pro Tips
December 07, 2021
Sometimes buying holiday gifts can be tough, but here at HockeyMonkey, we have created this comprehensive list to give you some ideas on what to get that special
November 02, 2021
Hockey Tape is an essential piece of your hockey gear that can serve a variety of purposes. In this article, we will go over some of those, along with the benefits and differences of Hockey Tapes.
November 02, 2021
Hockey elbow pads offer protection from falls on the ice, shot pucks and contact with other players. In order to get the best ice hockey elbow pads, there are a few things you need to keep in mind while shopping. Read on, as we provide a comprehensive guide on what to look for when choosing new hockey elbow pads.
September 14, 2021
With so many different styles and brands, finding the best hockey shoulder pads for mobility, comfort and safety can be a difficult task. But there's no need to worry, and you definitely don’t need to just pick a random set of pads, because we're going through everything you need to know to ensure you get the most protective hockey shoulder pads out there that provide optimal comfort and fit.
September 14, 2021
So, what is the best hockey gear bag for 2021? Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as just deciding on one certain bag. But we’ve made finding the best ice hockey equipment bag easy, whether you’re looking for a bag for a youth player, a hockey stick bag, or you need a good hockey goalie bag. Read on, as we walk you through everything you need to think about before purchasing a new bag. We’ll even share some of our all-time favorite bags this year.
September 13, 2021
One of the most important and best ways to increase comfort and stamina over the course of a full hockey game is properly fitting ice hockey skates. All major hockey skate brands offer two fit types; a standard fit (R) and a wide fit (E). This article will cover what the best hockey skates for wide feet are, indicators that you may need wide hockey skates, and so on.
July 29, 2021
Roller Hockey is becoming increasingly popular throughout the country with more and more players joining the competitive scene. This article will cover a variety of different topics, including best roller hockey skates, anatomy of the skates, how to properly fit them, and so on.
July 05, 2021
One of the most important pieces of hockey equipment is the hockey helmet for players of any age. In this article, we’ll cover: List of the Best Ice Hockey Helmets, The Importance of Wearing a Hockey Helmet, How to Measure For the Right Size Helmet , Features to Consider When Choosing a Hockey Helmet, and the Best Hockey Helmets by Category.
July 05, 2021
Hockey is a high-contact sport that involves flying pucks, sticks and body checking, so having the right equipment is important for performance and safety. A hockey player's shins, knees and calves can be especially vulnerable. This is why it's so important to get the right shin guards for your level of play. As you read on, we'll break down how to choose the most protective shin guards available and list some of the best ice hockey shin guards produced by major brands.
June 21, 2021
With numerous glove launches over the past year, in this article, we will go over what we think are the best hockey gloves for the 2021 season and beyond. No matter your skill level or playing position, there is always the perfect glove out there for you!
April 05, 2021
Finding the best ice skates for hockey is important to every player. It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro or a beginner skater – the right hockey skate can make a world of difference every time you step on the ice. Whether you’re looking for the right skate to take your game to the next level, or you need a pair for pick-up games on weekends, our guide will give you an overview of the top 10 best ice skates for hockey available today.
June 04, 2020
What a season it was for NHL rookies throughout the league, with most of the spotlight and hype surrounding the first and second overall draft picks, Jack Hughes of the Devils and Kaapo Kakko of the Rangers. Both started to come into their own and show highlights of elite-level skill while both playing for underperforming teams.
May 29, 2020
In special 5-Friday months, we’re offering our 5th show, Failure to Advance! Featuring Graisen, Hank, Jason, Tyler, and Will, the group talks about everything from the recently announced NHL format to which sports video games should be remade, and everything in-between.
May 28, 2020
On Tuesday afternoon, league commissioner Gary Bettman announced the NHL’s Return to Play Plan for the playoffs, thus effectively ending the regular season. This announcement was delivered via a 16-minute video, which was complicated regarding certain topics, so we’re here to break it down.
May 27, 2020
We kicked off episode four of our Off the Ice Podcast by asking the hypothetical question of “what separates the Generational players from their peers”? From there, our conversation segued into our conversation with ice hockey coach Rich Mihelic from HockeyCoach. com. Rich is an ice hockey coach that helps players of all ages hone their key skills within the game of ice hockey, everything from stickhandling, shooting, power skating, mental IQ, and so on.
May 15, 2020
It’s no secret that hockey is a gear-intensive sport, and new players to the game of hockey inevitably face the task of putting on all their gear for the first time. While getting dressed in all that gear seems like a daunting task, it's really not as difficult as it sounds. New players may want to practice a few times at home until they feel comfortable. Remember that all your gear is adjustable. If it doesn't fit quite right the first time, try adjusting them until you find the right fit.
May 01, 2020
CCM is excited to bring to you the latest iteration of their popular Super Tacks line with the introduction of the AS3 Pro Skates! With the integration of their one-piece boot construction, the newest Super Tacks line is the most advanced to date! Let’s take a quick look at some of the details.
May 01, 2020
Hooking in Hockey is when a player uses his stick to slow down or prevent an opposing player from making a play on the puck or getting into a better position on the ice. The result of this infraction is a usually a 2-minute Minor Penalty but can warrant a 5-minute Major Penalty depending on the severity of the infraction. Following the lockout year in 2005, there has been a spike in hooking penalties called by referees, with the hopes of decreasing injury and speeding up the pace of the game.
April 30, 2020
Spearing in hockey is when a player uses the blade of his stick to “jab” an opposing player, usually in the stomach or legs. This is considered to be one of the dirtiest infractions in hockey because, while most stick infractions are usually accidental, Spearing is one that is usually seen as more deliberate. A Spearing penalty can also be called when a player intentionally uses his stick in a lifting motion to strike an opponent in the groin area. These dangerous types of infractions can lead to a 4-minute Double-Minor penalty or a 5-minute Major Penalty.
March 27, 2020
For those of you from the MonkeySports Podcast, thank you for checking out the blog! For our consistent blog-readers, long story short, our audio for the Off the Ice podcast episode with Sarah Nurse was no good, so here’s the interview in it’s entirety. Coming off of an incredibly busy summer with the Professional Women’s Hockey Players’ Association, Team Canada’s Sarah Nurse joined us on the MonkeySports Podcast to give us some insight on the PWHPA and what they’ve been up to.
March 20, 2020
Any hockey player would agree, your stick is an extremely personal piece of equipment. But with so many different options, finding the best hockey stick for your game may seem overwhelming. Yet, it’s key to your success on the ice. Whether you’re a sniper, playmaker or like to impress with ankle-breaking dekes, using the best hockey sticks makes a world of difference in your game.
March 19, 2020
Since the introduction of Ice Hockey in 1917, fighting has been part of an NHL hockey game. In 1922, the league incorporated Rule 56 (now Rule 46) stating fighting as an “official part of the game.” Fast-forward to 2020, and the NHL is the only major sports league out of the big four in the United States (NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB), that, by rule, allows fighting. However, although it is allowed, it does not mean that Fighting in the NHL comes without consequence. In this article, we will dive into the NHL fighting rules, the pros and cons, along with what the current state, and future, look like for fighting in hockey!
March 13, 2020
In short, the kickpoint of a hockey stick can be defined as where the hockey stick flexes the most. Finding the “right” stick kickpoint is all a matter of preference and can take some time to determine which one works best for you. The position you play, the shot type you take the most, and upper body strength will all factor in to which one you go with.
March 11, 2020
A Slew Foot in hockey is an action where a player comes from behind an opposing player and trips him using his leg or skate, while, oftentimes, using his upper body, or arms, to further knock the opposing player off-balance. Usually, the victim of the action will fall to the ice, causing a potential injury. This can be especially dangerous if the victim falls backwards onto the ice.
February 28, 2020
On this month’s episode of our Off the Ice Podcast, we had a number of different topics to discuss. Starting things off, we got into a quick discussion about the two hottest sticks currently on the hockey market; the Bauer Nexus ADV and the True AX9. We discussed our top five teams that we think made the best moves overall, and how the moves could help going into the playoffs. And the big topic as of late is Ovechkin scoring his 700th career goal, followed by whether or not we think he can break Gretzky’s all-time goal record of 894 goals!
February 19, 2020
Slashing in hockey is a penalty that is called when a player swings his stick at an opposing player, whether contact is made, or not. The act of a “forceful chop” motion to an opponent’s stick or gloves will typically result in a Minor Penalty. However, there are certain situations where slashing is more severe and can call for a Major Penalty or Game Misconduct Penalty. It is to the referee’s discretion to determine the severity of the act.
February 19, 2020
Roughing in hockey is a penalty called when a player uses unnecessary force (usually a punch) to contact an opposing player. Furthermore, Roughing can also be called if avoidable contact is made after the whistle. Lastly, at the discretion of the referee, a Roughing penalty can also be called if a player contacts the opponent, with no attempt to avoid contact, well after the puck carrier is no longer in possession of it.
February 19, 2020
By definition, Goalie Interference in hockey is a penalty called when an opposing player initiates contact with the goalie, whether intentionally or unintentionally, and therefore impairing the goalie’s ability to move freely. Furthermore, this penalty can be called whether the goalie is inside or outside of the goal crease. However, if an opposing player is pushed into the goalie, while he is in his crease, by one of the goalie’s teammates, then it will typically not be called a penalty. This is at the discretion of the referee.
February 17, 2020
Not only does Bauer make some of the highest-quality hockey products on the market, but they are also known for their innovation and pushing the boundaries of “traditional” hockey gear. Following suit, Bauer has created their most advanced, and possibly their most talked-about, stick to date, the Nexus ADV Intermediate Hockey Stick!
February 04, 2020
Hockey Passes are one of the most important aspects within the game of ice hockey. Both good and bad hockey passes can have many different factors on the game, like leading to the game winning goal, or a turnover and a goal for the other team, so making good passes is crucial for any ice hockey team. Depending on which situation you are in, there are a wide variety of different types of passes you can utilize to create a scoring opportunity.