November 17th, 2009, 03:06 AM #1
November 17th, 2009, 07:54 AM #2
My biggest suggestion is try on as much gear as you can to see what you like. Then after the purchase, just show up to every pick up and stick time you can make it to. As you spend time at your chosen rink, you'll get to know other goalies and your own abilities. You can ask them questions that will help you out. Also, the more time you spend, you'll find out about classes and stuff that your rink might offer on an occasional basis. Don't hesitate to ask management, either. If they get enough people to show interest, they'll be more likely to give you what you want. They might even have Rink coaches that you can schedule private time with.
Willing to drive to Corona on friday nights?? :D kidding.
As for deals, you can't go wrong with making Goalie Monkey your best friend. It is the Mecca. The Holy Land. and they give COMBO DISCOUNTS!!!
Goalie Protective Gear Combos
(don't forget your cup and throat guard.)
November 17th, 2009, 09:29 AM #3
After 14 years off the ice, I'm getting back into the groove so to speak. As much as I like Hockey Monkey, you might want to keep an eye out for Play it Again Sports as an affordable option. Got a great deal on a well kept pair of Bauer leg pads for $70 in the Temecula store. I had to build my stuff from the skates up and didn't want to break the bank. I did purchase a new set of arm and chest protection from HM on a clearance price as well. Even though PiAS's 'sanitizes' their stuff, I choose to get this particular piece of equipt new for obvious reasons.
I'm still looking for ice time myself. Good luck in your 'career'.
November 17th, 2009, 10:01 AM #4
Thank you guys so much! All the help is greatly appreciated! Is their a big difference between ice and roller in net? Cause i'd probably want to do both
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November 17th, 2009, 10:49 AM #5
basic technique is the same, but due to the slide that you get on the ice you'll have to adjust between applications. It would suck to think you're gonna slide over on sport court then you drop and get stuck... or overcorrect like youre in roller and end up in the corner because you're on ice. it's funny, but it sucks. lol
also, the feel of the puck and the way it behaves will be something you'll have to adjust to. I havent played ice since the 90's so Im sure guys like Bolt Thrower will have an immense amount of knowledge for you. OH, and he's in SD, too so he might have some good info as far as rinks and leagues for you to start at.
November 17th, 2009, 12:43 PM #6
All I can add is that on ice, the opposition's coming in faster and depending on their calibre, manuvere equally well. Puck is obviously heavier on ice so when fielding it, you may/may not pass it as far or hard that you'd wish until you get used to it that includes playing it off the glass or boards as well.
My problem when I first got back out a few weeks ago, how slick my pads were compared to what I used to wear. I'm going to have to get my balance back when I have to go down to the ice.
As far as shots go, inline pucks seem to come quicker (because of their lighter weight?)
You'll defintely feel the difference on stick saves between the two.
November 17th, 2009, 12:52 PM #7
Craigslist for used goalie gear first time around, until you know what you like.
Wiating for Moto to chime in he'll send you to some good sites.
November 17th, 2009, 01:08 PM #8
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November 17th, 2009, 01:12 PM #9
You guys are seriously so awesome! Thank you so much! Rue when i get going you know i'm down to play! Thank you guys so much!
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November 17th, 2009, 01:30 PM #10
most things used are OK, but I strongly suggest you purchase your mask, throat guard, and cup brand new. Especially the mask as you never know what kind of shots the former owner took and how much wear the cage has on it. As a rule, I like getting a new mask once a year or every other year just for safety. People like to aim for my cage. Throat guards you just wanna make sure they fit really comfortably and a collar guard will form to your body after a while. Goalie cups are just, well... do you really want someone elses funky ball sweat on your parts??
boys, man. lol