Hockey Season: Tips & Tricks for Success On and Off the Ice


I think for those who love the cooler weather now is the perfect time to head out and explore the community. It is also the beginning of hockey season for those who love it. My kids are still trying to figure out the whole skating thing but they have asked to take some lessons this year so we will be lacing up once again and trying it out. If all goes we may even sign them up for hockey because they sure do like the game on the pavement in the summer and its pretty great to see all of the hockey moms posting pictures of their kids playing hockey–minus the early mornings of course.

Score Big This Hockey Season

Skates, helmets and tournaments – oh my, it must hockey season! Between driving your hockey superstar to endless practices, organizing fundraisers and maintaining equipment, there’s no denying that being a hockey parent is a busy – and rewarding – job. The team camaraderie is infectious and seeing your little one’s determination on the ice is priceless.

Here are some ways to prepare for hockey season’s worst, to ensure it’s the best:

1) Develop a routine: Because the hockey season is so busy, establishing a scheduled routine is key. This includes making time for homework between school and practice, ensuring the hockey bag is packed ahead of time and coordinating carpool schedules. Pro tip: create a check-list for your child to follow so they can learn to manage their own time and ensure they’re well prepared to hit the ice.

2) Banish smelly gear: It’s always surprising how such a big smell can come from a small kid! Hockey equipment is bound to collect sweat when your kid is skating their heart off on the ice so make sure you stop odors before they start.  First, air out all equipment after each use.  Do not – I repeat, do not – leave everything in a zipped up hockey bag! Second, regularly wash items that can be machine washed. Pro tip: Use a detergent that’s up to the challenge such as OxiCleanTM HD Liquid Laundry Detergent and Arm & HammerTM Plus OxiCleanTM Cold Water Power Paks – they are my go-to favourites!

3) Maintain a positive attitude: The number one goal (pun intended!) for your child during hockey season should be to have fun. Whether it’s a “win” or “lose” in the end, each game teaches your child how to work as a team and participate in friendly competition. These important life values are the true prize at the end of the season!

4) Get to know your fellow hockey parents: Creating a network of other parents can add a fun social element to the experience for you. Plus, it’s a great way to stay connected and easily be able to coordinate carpools and call-in a last minute favour if you can’t make a practice.

5) Make some memories: Your before hockey advice and after hockey breakfast runs are the stuff memories are made of. Pro Tip: Create a pre or post hockey tradition for you and your son or daughter to share!

What are your tips for surviving the hockey season?

To help ensure you’re ready, we’re giving away some great hockey season essentials for at home and on the road games:

  • OxiCleanTM HD Liquid Laundry Detergent
  • Arm & HammerTM Plus OxiCleanTM Cold Water Power Paks
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Aneta Alaei
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  1. October 12, 2016 / 7:41 pm

    I like the cooler weather because it allows me to pull out my favourite sweaters/hoodies to wear again.

  2. Anne Taylor
    October 12, 2016 / 7:42 pm

    I love cooler weather! I love the fresh, crisp air and the crunch of leaves underneath my feet!

  3. Tara Betterley
    October 12, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    I like the cooler weather because it means hockey Season starts!! I love pulling out my sweaters so that I can stay warm in the hockey arena.

  4. sage
    October 12, 2016 / 10:01 pm

    The changing leaves are my favorite part

  5. Florence C
    October 12, 2016 / 10:07 pm

    I like the colder weather because it is form comfortable for walking.

  6. Christy E
    October 12, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    I love curling up with a good book in front of the fire – and I love curling starts!

  7. Mindy DeLisi
    October 12, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    The hot weather makes me uncomfortable, but once that cool air comes in I relax. Best feeling ever!

  8. edmontonjb
    October 12, 2016 / 10:48 pm

    I love all the fun activities that the cold weather allows for, skating, snowboarding, sledding, etc.


  9. Julie bolduc
    October 12, 2016 / 10:52 pm

    I like that you can wear sweaters outside

  10. Anne-Marie Tvete
    October 12, 2016 / 11:08 pm

    What I love is that it is not hot…do not enjoy the heat in the summer.

  11. October 12, 2016 / 11:27 pm

    I love bundling up during the colder weather and heading out for a walk. The cold air wakens me up!

  12. Dawn Gordon
    October 12, 2016 / 11:49 pm

    What I like about the cooler weather is being able to sleep

  13. October 13, 2016 / 12:51 am

    What I like about the cooler weather is longer nights.

  14. October 13, 2016 / 1:07 am

    I love the cooler weather so that I can sleep at night. I pretty much can’t sleep all summer because of the heat. Love autumn!

  15. Gord
    October 13, 2016 / 1:25 am

    The changing colours of the leaves are why I like the cooler weather.

  16. Juliee Fitze
    October 13, 2016 / 6:21 am

    My favorite thing about cooler weather is seeing the leaves changing colours.

  17. lori b
    October 13, 2016 / 7:27 am

    i enjoy the cooler weather as it lets me get out side and hike or work in garden

  18. joanne darrell
    October 13, 2016 / 8:38 am

    I enjoy my walks more in the cooler weather.

  19. michelle tremblett
    October 13, 2016 / 9:05 am

    I love taking walks in the cooler weather, we have beautiful trails behind our house, the cool weather and the colour of the trees make it a great walk 🙂

  20. October 13, 2016 / 9:51 am

    I love cooler weather because it gives be a break from sweating

  21. Gillian Morgan
    October 13, 2016 / 10:07 am

    My favourite thing about the cooler weather is the crispness of the air.

  22. angela m
    October 13, 2016 / 10:16 am

    I love go for walks in the cooler weather and making soups and stews.

  23. 409cope
    October 13, 2016 / 10:35 am

    I love evening walks and getting to wear my sweaters.

  24. Victoria Ess
    October 13, 2016 / 10:35 am

    I love sweaters and ankle boots!

  25. spamgirl
    October 13, 2016 / 10:54 am

    What I love most is being able to wear a warm sweater and cuddle in front of the fire with cocoa. 🙂

  26. Goodluckprone
    October 13, 2016 / 10:59 am

    The cool weather alleviates my asthma and breathing difficulties. I think the extra oxygen I inhale also inspires me.

  27. Cheryl
    October 13, 2016 / 11:00 am

    It means Christmas is closer! Yay

  28. Christine Murray
    October 13, 2016 / 12:08 pm

    I like the cooler weather because I can wear a sweater. I find summer heat makes me sick and after a while there isn’t any more layers you can take off.

  29. Nicky
    October 13, 2016 / 12:37 pm

    i love the colder weather because i love wearing scarves and going for walks in the fresh, crisp air!

  30. Cherin McKenzie
    October 13, 2016 / 2:51 pm

    I love the colder weather because a vacation is near.

  31. jan
    October 13, 2016 / 2:52 pm

    Umm … the thought that summer is coming …. someday.

  32. kathy downey
    October 13, 2016 / 2:53 pm

    What I like about the cooler weather is it gives me more energy,having MS the warm/hot weather makes me tired all the time !

  33. October 13, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    I like the cooler weather because I don’t have air conditioning and this summer was really hot.

  34. Glogirl
    October 13, 2016 / 3:33 pm

    I like that the cooler weather brings such a beautiful season with all the colour changes on the leaves.

  35. ivy pluchinsky
    October 13, 2016 / 4:18 pm

    Being able to wear sweaters is my favorite thing about the colder weather, and that is probably the only thing i like lol.

  36. julielaura1
    October 13, 2016 / 6:06 pm

    I love being able to bundle up in my chunky sweaters!

  37. October 13, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    What I love most is the cozy evenings cuddled up in a quilt, reading, drinking hot chocolate.

  38. Kristine Nepssy
    October 13, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    colder weather? I like coming in out of it! LOL Sit by the fire and snuggle up.

  39. Jenny
    October 13, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    The changing of the leaves are my favorite

  40. Jim Lister
    October 13, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    I like walking on the newly fallen leaves in the forest.

  41. beewbedard
    October 13, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    I love taking walks in the cooler weather

  42. butterflyamyc
    October 13, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    I like that it’s a lot nicer to walk my dogs in the cooler weather.

  43. butterflyamyc
    October 13, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    My favourite thing about cooler weather is that it’s a lot nicer to walk my dogs.

  44. aly3360
    October 13, 2016 / 10:02 pm

    I love the cute clothes and all the delicious hot drinks that are available in the fall. Hot apple cider and a cozy sweater are the perfect match in the fall.

  45. Debbie S.
    October 13, 2016 / 11:27 pm

    I love the sweaters, boots and stews and soups that cooler weather brings.

  46. Christine Holliday
    October 13, 2016 / 11:35 pm

    I love the colours, in nature, the clothes, and even in the food..

  47. Kathleen Roffey
    October 14, 2016 / 7:56 am

    sitting by a warm fireplace

  48. Treen Goodwin
    October 14, 2016 / 8:05 am

    I love the cool crisp air, walks to the cottage and seeing the beautiful colors 🙂

  49. Ann
    October 14, 2016 / 8:34 am

    The cool weather means that I can make hot n hearty stews, chilis and baking to warm everyone up.

  50. October 14, 2016 / 8:55 am

    I love that I’m no longer sweating buckets!