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AD Skinner 03-19-2014 08:30 AM

Street hockey pucks advice
Hey y'all, have been doing some research and wondered if anyone here could point me in the right direction. I've been playing dek hockey with some folks that I am trying to convince to start playing with skates and pucks. There is some interest starting to develop, which is good as there are no organized inline leagues around or ice leagues I can fit into my schedule. Anyway here is what I'm wondering: When playing on foot with a ball, the guys who would play goal only wear minimal padding, and I think this is the biggest hang-up on switching to pucks. Does anyone know of a lighter weight street puck that could be useful in this situation, or if one even exists? I remember playing with little like foam pucks in elementary school, is there any middle ground between that and like a Rocket puck or Pro puck? I don't want to anyone to feel like they have to buy gear they aren't super interested in getting, or hurt anyone. Thanks!

MattGTI 03-19-2014 02:28 PM

What type of surface are you playing on?

I have found very few street hockey pucks that are even close to the playability of the standard orange ball used in almost all street/deck hockey leagues.

Any reason to not just stick with the standard?

silkyjohnson50 03-19-2014 03:07 PM

Yeah, i'd also probably recommend playing with a ball. I play quite a bit of roller hockey and for the most part we use balls. Most pucks that actually glide and sit down well enough to be used on outdoor surfaces are very heavy in comparison to a ball. Guys with minimal padding are at risk. I hate even shooting a ball on goalies with minimal padding. I tend to just pass a lot door front and shoot low. In addition, I'm not all that comfortable playing with a puck with a lot of guys. If you're playing with a bunch of experienced and skilled players than a puck can be more fun for sure, but a lot of guys out there just don't have the sense or skill to be smart with a puck. Taking a shot off the knee or backside (let alone anywhere up high) with a ball stings and leaves a mark, but when it's a puck it just takes it to a different level.

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