With hockey season and the holiday season upon us, it's time to make your holiday gifting game plan! We have scoured the internet to find some of the more creative ice hockey gift ideas for your favorite ice hockey player this season.
Though team sports are often held up as an example of people working together to achieve a common goal, there is a certain element of individuality that pervades even the most collective-minded games. Hockey certainly qualifies as a sport that champions team above self in its traditions, marketing, and rules. This last area has been under intense scrutiny since September when the league announced that any players wearing tucked jerseys would be penalized and no prior warnings will be given. The new rule states:
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There is no question that the best teams in sports are frequently the most talented ones; the right combination of skill and depth almost always leads to success. However, sports have always demonstrated that a team’s chemistry—its solidarity—can also lead to victories. The most recent example of this phenomenon is the 2013 Boston Red Sox team, an incredibly close-knit group whose chemistry manifests itself on each of its players’ faces (their scraggly, team-unifying beards have grown uncomfortably long) and has guided them deep into the postseason.
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In hockey—and in all sports—keeping players and coaches healthy is vital to being successful. Teams spend an inordinate amount of time together, sharing locker rooms, water, and food. In other words, they are ripe for the many viruses and bacteria that can devastate a player's body and ruin seasons. Consequently, equipment managers should always be looking for new ways to sanitize their teams' gear in order to prevent the unnecessary spread of illnesses.
With Johnny Football's recent suspension for allegedly getting a small payment for signing autographs and last week's admission by NFL player Arian Foster of receiving payments while playing in college, the controversy and hypocrisy of paying student athletes is a very hot topic. At the center of the discussion is the notion that students are scholar athletes and the idea of incentivizing them with money for their dedication or performance will some how violate the long standing tradition that it is simply their duty and privilege to play.
Recently, ESPN.com uniform expert Paul Lukas has been running a feature on the website that ranks teams in each of the four major professional American sports based on their jerseys’ appeal. Lukas’ Uni Watch Power Rankings are debatable, and he even admits to letting personal biases dictate his positioning of teams. However, it would be difficult to find anybody who studies uniforms quite as closely as Lukas. Consequently, his recent NHL team uniform rankings reveal a great deal about what works—and what doesn’t—when it comes to team hockey uniforms. Here are several takeaways from Lukas’s list.
When budgeting for your school’s hockey team or teams, you should make sure to include the cost of warm up suits in your financial plan. The cost of ice hockey uniforms, ice time, and travel can be prohibitive, particularly at schools that have little funding for athletic teams. However, buying your players extra gear can make their experience on the team more enjoyable, so warm up suits are an attractive option. Moreover, your school wants to make a positive statement when it gets off the bus to play on the road; buying high-quality hockey warm up suits is a great way to do so.
Last year, your boy’s basketball team had some of its jerseys ripped in the contentious final game of the season. Also, several of your girl’s basketball team uniforms are mysteriously missing. And on top of that, both the girl’s and boy’s hockey squads have been complaining for years about the old and stale hockey sweaters that your school has worn for the past ten years but are now severely outdated.
Hockey is a difficult sport for athletic programs to fund for several reasons. First, facilities and ice time are expensive. Second, equipment is relatively more expensive than other sports, and each player comes with his or her own equipment costs. Lastly, unlike sports such as basketball and soccer, hockey isn’t played by as many schools, so teams generally need to travel further throughout the course of a season in order to play a full schedule of games. These additional travel expenses are yet another cost that your athletic department must accommodate.
Despite hockey being an expensive sport, your school shouldn’t overlook outfitting your team in the very best gear available. After all, there are numerous ways that your school can save on hockey uniforms and gear without overextending itself financially. Here are a few ways that you can buy the best hockey team uniforms for less.