Parents with boys who participate in ice hockey will need to purchase skates at least once a season, perhaps more. Deciding where to buy skates for high school hockey players depends on the needs of the player, the budget of the parents, and the amount of use the skates will get. Skates are commonly available online, through sporting goods stores, and at secondhand stores. Deciding where to buy ice hockey skates for high school players is a function of both your budget and how much time you have to shop around. Online shopping is faster, but may not provide the customer service needed.
Parents who are not familiar with ice hockey skates will want to check out sporting stores first. Depending on the location, there may even be stores that specialize in hockey equipment. States such as Minnesota, where there is snow on the ground five or more months of the year, have hockey leagues for toddlers, adults, and every age in between. This large number of players provides customers for such stores as Hockey Giant. This store has retail stores in Minnesota, California, and New Jersey. They also have an online store. Shopping in such a specialty store ensures that qualified, knowledgeable staff will be able to answer questions and give advice. More generalized sporting stores may also have some experts on staff.
Parents who are already familiar with ice hockey skates and have a good idea of what they want to purchase may want to do some price comparison at the many online resources for skates. One such store is the US Hockey retailer linked in the sources section, which has a wide range of skates available. Another option is the online retailer Skates. When comparing prices, it is important to consider shipping costs as well as the price of the skate. Most online stores do have customer service phone numbers for consumers who may have a question. Verify return policies and how the item will be shipped before making a purchase. Try the skate on immediately upon arrival and follow return procedures as needed.
High school kids can sometimes grow really fast, and parents may find themselves needing to buy more than one pair of ice hockey skates in a single season. This is where secondhand stores, such as Play It Again Sports, can be helpful. Skates that others have outgrown quickly may have little use and be in great condition, for significantly less than buying them new. Always check the skate for wear to ensure it isn’t going to fall apart after a few games. Check on return policies before purchasing. These types of stores may not have clerks with the expertise of the other choices, but for parents who are just looking for the best deal this is a great way to start.
Another option for high school hockey players is to check websites such as Ebay, Craig’s List, or Amazon. If a specific skate is desired, these sites may list the item from vendors that are not as widely known at a price that is less expensive.