The date and time has been changed for WYHA Apparel & merchandise fitment. We will be in the conference room at Amelia Park from 5-7 pm on Tuesday, September 30th. Many of the items available on the web store can be seen and tried on prior to purchasing.
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT A FITTING FOR GAME JERSEYS, STRICTLY STORE MERCHANDISE.
The store will only be open from 9/14/15 till 10/5/14. We will make every effort to get orders in prior to Christmas but there is not guarantee.
Anybody considering purchasing WYHA merchandise for fall/winter including gifts for the holiday would need to do so during this time period because the store will not open again until after the first of the year for a second and final time for the season.
WYHA merchandise will no longer be available through DK's, so this is the only place to purchase WYHA branded items.
Merchandise Coordinator, with your questions or feedback.
It’s pretty obvious when you’re falling down that your skates aren’t sharp enough. But beyond that, skate sharpening can be confusing for many. Essentially, a skate blade is sharpened by creating a perfectly rounded valley, centered on the bottom of the blade. This forms a pair of sharp edges at the outer extremities of the blades giving skaters control on the ice. This valley is the hollow, or more precisely the “radius of hollow.”
Regular sharpening is important to maintain the blades of the skate. It removes any light rust that forms on the runner’s bottoms and sides. It also helps to maintain the edges keeping nicks from becoming impossibly deep. Most importantly it restores the edges that allow skaters to propel themselves on the ice. Still the question of how often to sharpen skates is a common one.
More experienced players will notice as the edge on their skates starts to fade. The general rule of thumb is every five to ten games. Over-sharpening your skates doesn’t just cost extra money on the sharpening price—it wastes your steel runners. You should be able to get about 150 sharpenings out of your stainless steel runners. That’s 3 years of use sharpening once a week.
An easy and inexpensive way to maintain sharp skates is with a small honing stone. Hold the stone flat on the side of the blade. Rub up and down the length of the blade five or six times on each side. This will remove any small nicks on the blade and bring back a sharp edge.
If your skates slip sideways when pushing against the ice they are dull. Check for large nicks in the blade edges. If they cannot be removed with a honing stone have your skates sharpened.
Dry your skate blades completely after each use. Always walk on mats to protect your skates or wear skate guards; stay off the cement!
Most players should consider sharpening their skates once or twice a month. Players skating twice a week should have their skates sharpened monthly. Those playing or practicing four or five times a week should typically have their skates sharpened twice a month.
PROPER STICK LENGTH IS CRITICAL FOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT
One of the most important development tools for any young player is to have a hockey stick that suits him/her. A long stick (at or above the chin on skates) can be detrimental to a child's development. A stick of proper length should lie with the blade flat on the ice when standing on skates, while holding the knob in the palm of the hand (for most, this is a stick cut shoulder height on skates). A stick of proper length will enable players to handle the puck close to their body, make back hand passes, develop more power in their shot and help them control the puck when moving laterally.
More importantly, proper stick length is required to develop proper skating mechanics. Players with sticks too long for them, straighten up to compensate and do not acquire the deep knee bend vital to improving stride length and frequency. Forward skating requires players to have a 45 degree upper body lean and obviously a long stick impedes this as well.
You can confirm the correct stick length by looking closely at the wear of the tape on the underside of the stick. If the tape is worn close to the tip, then you should probably consider a long stick. If the tape is used in place near the heel, then you probably should consider a shorter stick.
If you have questions regarding your players proper stick length speak with your child’s coach.