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Hockey Blockers Buying Guide

Blockers are an integral part of any tendy’s set up. They help goalies block off-stick shots (obviously), provide heightened control of their stick placement, and are a great weapon to cover up any loose rebounds that occur in front of the net. Whether you’re in the market for a new blocker, or if you’re just starting out in net, here are some helpful tips to consider.

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Types of Blockers
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Types of blockers

When it comes to your choice of blocker, there are more options to choose from than you probably realize. Here are the two main styles to consider.

Block Style:

Block style pads are not too different than what you’d expect. They generally are bulkier in terms of padding and maintain a thick layer of foam throughout the design. While this style may be heavier than a lightweight alternative, it’s worth the money for how much puck control you’ll get.

Beveled Style:

Beveled style blocks are designed for tendies that prefer light padding over puck control. While the padding is slightly lighter, there is still adequate protection around the back of the wrist and hand. If it’s your first time in net, a light blocker will help you build up your arm strength before moving onto heavier options.


Blockers are usually made with the same materials that brands use for leg pads, gloves, etc. On any blocker, you can expect some combination of high and low density foam, plastic, synthetic leather and nylon. In this regard, you get what you pay for. Looking for a blocker that you can hold a cold one with during beer league? You probably don’t need to worry too much about your quality of foam.


Blockers, like gloves, come in 4 sizes: Youth (5-6 years), Junior (7-9 years), Intermediate (10-13 years), and Senior (13+ years).

Any good blocker should feel snug against your fingers, the back of your hand, and at your wrist. While you shouldn’t be cramming your fingers into the stalls, they should be close to filling out the entire space. This way, you’ll have proper control over not only your blocker, but your stick.

Always remember: not every manufacturer follows universal sizing. It’s always a good idea to consult your seller on SidelineSwap in order to get a better idea of the fit.

Other Tips

  • It’s always helpful to try your blocker on with the rest of your upper body equipment.

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