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Hockey shooting boards (also called hockey shooting pads) are one of the most important elements to your off ice training system. Many hockey players around the world have tried to find a suitable dry land equivalent to ice. I have seen hockey players use plywood, plexiglas, sheets of acrylic, dry erase boards, and even cardboard. All hockey players are need is a smooth, slippery surface to stickhandle on, and blast some shots off of. While there are many options for a flat surface only one product is developed and designed specifically for hockey players, the hockey shooting pad.
Hockey Shooting Board Information
Shooting boards are made out of High-density polyethylene or HDPE. This is the same material used to make boxes and rails for snowboarding and skiing. HDPE is a unique type of plastic that is strong, durable and also naturally slippery.
Shooting boards require very little maintenance and should last 5 – 10 years or more. The first shooting pad I had was in great shape after 3 years of heavy use, it would have lasted me a lot longer but I somehow misplaced it.
Shooting boards come in a variety of sizes. The most common sizes are junior, intermediate, and pro, with junior being the smallest and pro being the largest. I always recommend the biggest size because you can get more use from the larger shooting pads.
- Junior – 24 inches by 48 long and 1/8 of an inch thick
- Intermediate – 28 inches by 52 inches long and 3/16 of an inch thick
- Professional – 30 inches wide by 60 inches long and 3/16 of an inch thick.
Shooting boards range in price from $30 – $115 depending on the quality, thickness, and size.
Hockey Shooting Board Review
We took a shooting board out to an outdoor rink to give it a thorough review. If you would like some more information about shooting boards, along with some pictures and videos see our full hockey shooting board review
Where to Buy a Hockey Shooting Board
Hockey Shot has great deals on the shooting boards, and other cool hockey stuff!
September 11, 2010 at 1:13 am
How thick is the 48 x 96 pad & how much does it cost?