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Skaters attending our sessions will have more fun and advance faster if they are properly and safely equipped this means making sure that:

  • Skates fit comfortably
  • There is room for toes to wiggle slightly
  • Heels do not lift inside the skate more than ¼ inch
  • An adult finger can fit in the top of the boot when done up
  • Excess laces are tucked or tied up so that they do not hang loose or drag on the ice


To protect the skate blades, skate guards should be worn in any area that is not protected by rubber mats. At the end of every session the blades should be wiped with a dry cloth to prevent rusting. Skate sharpening should be done periodically.

We recommend Torchy’s Sport Imaging for sharpening & repair.  Extreme Hockey & Sports often sells good skates for beginners, but we recommend that you take skates to Torchy’s for expertise in sharpening non-hockey skates.



Skaters should dress warmly for our sessions; however, some items such as long drawstrings, scarves, dangling coat belts etc. can be a hazard on the ice and should be avoided if possible. We recommend wearing mittens or gloves for safety purposes and to keep skaters warm