An ice hockey goalie protecting the net.

Are you an aspiring Stanley Cup winner? Or are you an ice hockey parent who has a young hockey star? Either way, you know how crucial it is to practice your skills. The goalie is critical to his or her team’s overall success. We want to help them continue their practice outside of the rink with the best synthetic ice for goalies. 

If you have space to spare in your basement, attic, garage, backyard, or pole barn, KwikRink has synthetic ice for all flat surfaces. You provide a flat surface, and we will help your goalie achieve their dreams!

What is Synthetic Ice?

KwikRink offers the best synthetic ice for goalies

Synthetic ice is made from large sheets of polyethylene plastic. The plastic sheets are then cut to standard tile sizes and custom edges for easy assembly. 

Our tiles feature a “puzzle-piece” assembly system that allows you to interlock the pieces in place (no tools necessary). Our proprietary locking synthetic ice will provide you with a virtually seamless practicing surface.

You will have your at-home hockey training area set-up in no time.    

Will it Skate the Same as Real Ice?

Kids playing hockey on synthetic ice

The only thing that will skate exactly the same as natural ice is real ice. It would be great if everyone could afford an ice rink and a Zamboni to maintain it.

Since that isn’t realistic, our high-quality synthetic ice provides 90% or more of the natural glide achieved on real ice. There are a few tips to achieve the most authentic “real ice” feel. 

Sharpen your skates: As long as you have sharp skates, you will be able to do everything you can do on natural ice. 

Quality products: We provide high-quality, self-lubricating synthetic ice. Our materials are dense and will stand up to years of skating and goaltending. High-quality materials offer the most “like ice” feel. 

Care for your ice: although our ice is self-lubricating, a small amount of maintenance goes a long way. 

These three tips will help your goalie feel right at home on KwikRink’s synthetic ice.

What is the Maintenance for Synthetic Ice?

Maintenance for synthetic ice is pretty straight forward. You will want to sweep the ice with a stiff brush broom before and after each use, especially if the rink is outside. 

Sweeping will help remove any dust or debris that can dull the skates. You can also clean the ice with a mild cleanser and a cloth.   

How does it feel sliding with your pads?

A goalie sliding on his pads on the ice

There will be a little more resistance from the synthetic ice on the large surface area of the pads. However, the resistance of the artificial ice magnifies any inefficiencies that may go unnoticed in the rink. 

The slight resistance that the synthetic ice provides will also help strengthen the muscles for lateral slides.

The Goalie Crease gets Marked up; what about on Synthetic Ice?

Just like ice, synthetic ice will mark up eventually with continual use. However, many find this does not affect the synthetic ice’s performance.    

What is the Best Synthetic Ice for Goalies?

A child ice hockey goalie

KwikRink offers KwikRink V Home and KwikRink V Pro options of synthetic ice.

The best synthetic ice for goalies is the KwikRink V Pro version. This artificial ice has a life span of 12-15 years with proper maintenance. 

The KwikRink V Pro is the best for goalies because they tend to practice in one spot on the rink and move around less than other skaters. With a less durable synthetic ice, it will wear down more quickly than the KwikRink V Pro.

Goalie Training on Synthetic Ice

A hockey net on ice

Now you know what synthetic ice is, how it stacks up to real ice, and the best synthetic ice for goalies, what does training look like?

When it comes to ice hockey, we know how crucial dryland training and strength building is. Conditioning and training not only help you improve as a player but prevent injuries while on the ice. 

The next step to further your goalie’s training is synthetic ice. Even if you don’t have much space to work with, your goalie can work on their skill sets. Synthetic ice will help with: 

  • Help improve their tracking and moving shuffles
  • They can work their angles 
  • Easily practice body rotations
  • Practice and strengthen their lateral slides 
  • Work their stick and pad blocking
  • Focus on C-cuts 

What are the benefits?

Curved edges of The Hockey Headquarters synthetic ice rink

Synthetic ice makes training easy and accessible. There’s no more renting out the ice rink. Your goalie will be able to improve and hone their skills in the comfort of their own home. 

Having an at-home skate rink takes out the pressure of getting everything figured out during practice. You or your child (if you’re an ice hockey parent) will be able to work on movements and decision-making in your environment.

The resistance of the synthetic ice allows you to focus on your movements and mechanics. It helps you become a stronger and more efficient player. 

Synthetic ice will help your goalie magnify and pinpoint any inefficiencies and overcome them. KwikRink’s synthetic ice allows you to help your child practice with intention.

If you’re a seasoned goalie working on perfecting your craft or a parent of a goalie with big aspirations, KwikRink is here to make dreams come true. 

Contact us when you’re ready to set up your in-home training area and take your goalie game to the next level.

A player practicing ice hockey drills.

The saying “practice makes perfect” applies to almost anything in life, including hockey. One of the perks of having your synthetic ice rink is you can train on your own time. There are several training drills that are perfect for synthetic ice. These practice drills will help to create the skills needed for hockey. 

A great game of hockey can only be played if the fundamentals are on point. Practicing fundamentals can be made fun and educational with the right exercises. 

Read on to see some great training drills that are perfect for synthetic ice and your at-home artificial ice rink.

Visit Kwik Rink online today to request a free quote and to see endless possibilities a home rink can give you. 

Practice Makes Perfect 

Kids doing one of the Training Drills That Are Perfect for Synthetic Ice

Looking at the sport objectively, it’s fair to say that hockey is one tough sport. Players are put on the ice with skates and expected to avoid one another at high speeds. They also handle a small puck with a stick while doing so.

The game’s end goal is to make it into a net on either side of the rink. Yes, it does sound simple, but when in action, hockey is a game of wit, agility, and strength. All are skills that should be maintained through consistent conditioning. 

Training drills help players to prepare their bodies for the game. Training often can help with agility, handling, and speed. Just as important, training regularly can also help keep players safe when zooming around during a game. 

Learning to be agile and flexible is a way to stay safe on the ice. For beginners, training is also a way to literally learn how to fall and get up quickly. We suggest drills that exercise skills that are fundamental to the game and incorporate a bit of fun. 

In our opinion, the following drills will challenge players, are fun, and develop a player’s skill.

Some Training Drills That Are Perfect for Synthetic Ice

1. The Figure-8 Drill 

A girl playing hockey and doing the figure 8 drill

This drill trains the player to hone several skills in one go and can be adjusted as their skills improve. Skills tested include puck handling, dexterity, and reach. 

  • Place cones 2-3 feet apart in the middle of the rink. 
  • Using a stick, maneuver the puck between the cones. 
  • First, practice drill while standing still, and then while skating.
  • Add difficulty: See how long you can go without stopping or move the cones further apart. 

2. Superman Drill

A hockey player sliding on ice doing a training drill

Beginner skaters will inevitably fall. This drill helps beginners learn how to get up quickly and continue to skate. This drill will hone the player’s agility and timing. 

  • Begin at one end of the rink and skate to the first line. 
  • Throw yourself to the ice with your arms out or in the “Superman” pose. 
  • Get up one knee at a time and skate to the next mark and repeat until you reach the opposite end of the rink. 
  • Add difficulty: See how fast you can get across the rink and try for a faster time each time. 

3. DIY Obstacle Course 

An ice hockey player doing an obstacle course on synthetic ice

You don’t need special equipment for the DIY obstacle course! Use what you have on hand to create a course to test whatever skills you wish. Consider using the following materials for your course: 

  • Milk crates
  • Cones
  • Pool noodles
  • Hula hoops
  • Stools

4. Forward and Backward Drill 

A hockey player praticing an ice hockey practice drill

Throughout a game of hockey, the direction that players will skate in changes often. Players should be able to switch from skating forward to back quickly and safely. This drill will not only workout directional skating but can also text speed and agility. 

  • Start at one end of the rink and skate forward. 
  • At the midpoint or the face-off line, change directions so that you are skating backward. 
  • Repeat as many times as you wish. 
  • Add difficulty: The addition of cones for skating forward or changing directions more frequently during the drill. Trying to beat one’s time is also a great way to add difficulty. 

5. Skate and Shoot Drill

Skate and shoot hockey drill on synthetic ice

Skating and shooting at the same time is fundamental to the game of hockey. This drill exercises this ability and can be done with a partner to change it up. 

  • In one corner of the rink, place several pucks. 
  • Start at the opposite corner of the rink and skate to the pile. 
  • Without stopping, take a puck using your stick and guide it to a goal. 
  • Attempt to shoot into the goal of your choice without stopping, and see how many goals you can make. 
  • Add difficulty: Time yourself to see how many goals you can make in a certain amount of time. Adding a partner is also a great way to add fun and difficulty. Skate and pick up the puck, then pass to a partner, then shoot. 

Another way to add difficulty to this genius drill is to add footwork drills while skating. 

The Fun in Fundamental 

A child practicing one of the Training Drills That Are Perfect for Synthetic Ice

Having your very own synthetic ice rink is a great way to never have an offseason. Being able to train and skate when you please keeps your skills sharp. It also saves players and their families from the frustration and cost of booking time at an ice rink. 

Since the mid-1990s, we have worked to offer our clients the very best at-home experience possible. Our synthetic ice has gone through four regenerations, ensuring the very best product for your skating needs.

The synthetic ice we produce can be found worldwide, from NHL practice facilities to driveways. The best part of our ice is the ease at which it can be placed in any desired venue or home. 

Whether practicing the fundamentals of your favorite sport or having a fun skate with your family, we have you covered. Our synthetic ice comes in panels that fit together like puzzle pieces. This type of assembly and breakdown makes them easy to reconfigure, store if needed, or move entirely. 

We invite you to visit our site today to design your dream home rink and get a free quote! We look forward to hearing how your game has improved by training on your own synthetic ice rink.