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How to Sharpen Hockey Goalie Skates

It's crucial to get your skates sharpened routinely. Some hockey players sharpen their blades every day, others weekly. If you're just starting out, save yourself the trip to the emergency room and bring your skates to a local pro shop. Not sure what type of sharpen you need? Here are some important things you should know about the process beforehand.

What We Cover:
What’s Hollow?
How Often Do I Need to Sharpen?
Other Tips
Related Resources

What’s Hollow?

Skates are sharpened on the center of their blade, often making them hollow to a certain degree. Hollow, which is described in inches, is a hockey metric used to describe just "how sharp" a blade is. A hollow of 1” describes an almost entirely flat blade, while a hollow of ⅜” describes a blade that is so sharp that only its edges touch the ice.

A larger hollow number results in a flatter, less-grippy blade, while a smaller number creates a blade that digs and cuts more into the ice. Just starting out in net? Go with a hollow of 9/16”. One you’ve got your legs under you, you can move on to a more standard goalie hollow level of ½”.

How Often Do I Need to Sharpen?

Skate sharpening, ultimately, is a question of personal preference. There’s really not a standard for how sharp your skates should be or how often you should have them put to the grindstone.
A sharpen once every week or two is generally a good rule of thumb for any goalie not sure where to start.

Just remember, your edges are going to wear down with repeated use. It’s a fact of life in net. If you’re not getting the grip you want on the ice, think about picking up a new pair of runners.

Other Tips

  • Make sure whoever sharpens your skates runs a stone over the edges after sharpening. No proper sharpening is complete without a “stoning”.
  • Not sure if your blades are evenly sharpened? Try putting a coin on top of your skates blades. If it’s not balanced, your edges probably aren’t either.

Related Resources

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