STX uses cookies to enhance your experience and quality of our site. By continuing to browse our site you accept our cookie policy. For more information and to learn how to refuse the use of cookies, read our updated Privacy and Cookie Policy.

I Accept

GET YOUR EXCLUSIVE STX CONTENT

17 Things Every Hockey Player Needs in Their Bag

1. Stretch bands - Resistance bands are really good for pregame stretching, which is important for injury prevention.

2. Foam roller - These are great for warming up your muscles before a game. Spend a minute massaging trigger points like the hamstrings, quads, glutes and lower back.

3. Snacks - Throw in a banana, orange or some snack high in potassium. This keeps you fueled before or after games and helps prevent muscle cramps.

4. Running shoes - Always warm up before hitting the ice. To get your legs loose, kick around a soccer ball or run through a short, dynamic warm-up routine.

5. Extra tape - Include tape for your stick and your shin guards. (Don’t be the one begging for a roll!)

6. Scissors - Having these will make you the locker room hero. Just don't run (or skate) with them. 

7. Skate stone - A stone is great for getting rid of small nicks or burrs on the blade. It’s not a replacement for sharpening your skates, but it’s good for quick fixes.  

8. Skate guards - A must for keeping the edges on your skates safe. Plus, they protect other equipment in your bag from getting sliced up by the sharp edges.

9. Golf balls - Great for puck handling drills when you’re warming up.

10. Extra pucks - Throwing in a few extra pucks is helpful for skills and drills too. Lay them out to form a triangle and practice handling by tossing the golf ball between pucks.

11. Your good luck charm - Lots of players have superstitious good luck charms. Anaheim Duck's Center Brandon Pirri tapes a Loonie (the Canadian one dollar coin) to his lucky puck. He marks the top of his blade with that lucky puck.

 
 

12. Screwdriver - This comes in handy to tighten up any loose screws on your cage or visor.

13. Anti-fog and a microfiber cloth - For helmets with shields, this helps to prevent it from fogging up. Use a microfiber cloth to apply the spray between shifts and to avoid scratching your shield.

14. Soap - After a long practice or hard game, the most important step is cleaning up. Give your buddies on the bus a break and wash twice!

15. Flip flops - The showers in most hockey rinks are questionable, so flip flops are essential.

16. Spare laces - Keep a backup pair of laces (or two) in your bag just in case yours rip or get cut by a blade.

17. Stick wax - This is up to your personal preference, but some players use wax to give them extra grip or to prevent ice from soaking the tape.

#ProTip: Gear bags are usually packed to the max. Before heading out for practice or a game, unpack and repack your bag every time. This will help you make sure you have everything you need to #PlayHuge. 

What other essentials do you keep in your hockey bag? Tweet to us or tag us on Instagram @stxhockey and send us a picture of what’s in your bag.