I’ve started a new business Pure Hockey gift shop out of frustration. I love hockey – and lots of my friends and family love hockey – but I can never find a present for them that relates to hockey.
It was my birthday recently and my partner went into the sports shop looking for an extra little present for me but there was nothing. He already bought me a glitter hockey ball and a wooden mini hockey key ring for Christmas last year.
Similarly, I failed to find anything hockey related to give to my sister in law.
So I’ve started my own hockey gift business – making and selling gifts that i would like to give or receive. Presents aimed at the hockey-mad person in your life.
There is now a range of t-shirts in the shop and I plan to add lots more items as we get nearer the holiday season. If you have any ideas for things you’d like to see, I’d love you to comment on this post.
Coach Paul Gaudoin teaches some future team Australia players how to deal with some of the new tactics he has seen emerging in International hockey.
He’s noticed that players are physical and might barge in and dispossess you of the ball. To combat this he insists players must use SOB techniques – stick on ball.
He talks about this at 3:40 into the video – and shows how to get a ball away at the goal for a shot without taking your stick away. Hope it helps you score more goals.
Just spotted this new Youtube clip on the Grays twitter feed @GraysHockey. It shows a brilliant little stick work trick you can use to eliminate a defender and it’s called ‘the ramp’. A great skill to use as you are coming into the attacking D.
It involves a little twist of the stick to create a ramp that can lift the ball over an opponents stick. Fantastic. Give it a go…
It’s from Inside Hockey and presented by Shea McAleese.
Cost: Around £100. Dynabow profile. This was an impulse buy. In the sports shop with it in my hand, the ‘scoop xtra’ head appealed and seemed to cling to the ball. According to the Grays website it is ‘ideal for hitting and 3D skills’. It also features ‘the new Quadrex Blade Profile to give improved drag flick momentum to the Dynabow shape’.
I was excited to use it, but from the start it just didn’t feel right in my hand. Yes, it gives quite good control when receiving and moving the ball – but it’s no better than my favourite GX8000 Midbow which I love. However, and for me it is a big however, the scoop stick seemed to have a much-reduced power when hitting compared to my other Grays sticks. Grays GX8000 Midbow I used it in training a few times, but it didn’t even make it out of my bag on match day. Just really didn’t like the feel of it. I totally agree with the customer review on Barrington Sports which says they haven’t quite been able to find the sweet spot on it. It’s probably a personal thing, but I now just keep it in my office for messing around with between work assignments. It’s extra stiff and supposed to enhance your drag flick. Well, I’m not a drag flicker and it wasn’t obvious in the sports shop that I bought it from that it was designed for drag flicking, or I would never have bought it. Not for me.
Customer review on Barrington Sports
This video from The Hockey Performance Academy is worth a look if you want to perfect the spin – turning the ball in a circular movement to escape a defender. It’s demonstrated here by Ryan Julius from South Africa U21. He says …
# It’s particularly useful for left-side players
# You need to stay low and keep your stick angled low to the ground.
# Keep weight on left foot and pivot off this foot.