It’s a sure bet a hockey goal frame will take a beating during a game. What do you need to know and do to keep it, its materials and accessories in good shape?
The right equipment makes a world of difference when it comes to hockey. Even the most talented and experienced players can be slowed down by damaged or cheap skates or shut out from scoring with a poorly constructed or broken stick.
Everything about the sport of hockey, from the protective gear worn by hockey players to the special coatings used on the ice rink, should be of the highest quality to produce the best results. This is why hockey helmets, for example, have an expiration date.
Players need to be protected with the safest and best equipment available at all times, and the sport can only be played at the highest competitive level when the right high-quality gear and equipment are in place.
Perhaps one of the most important elements when it comes to hockey gear and equipment, beyond individual items such as skates, helmets, and sticks, is the hockey goal frame and its accessories. After all, the goal frame can take quite a beating, so it needs to be constructed to stand up to all the wear and tear associated with this sport.
Players want to feel assured that a faulty goal frame will not interfere with their ability to score or delay a thrilling game; this is why hockey goal frames must be incredibly durable, with tubular steel construction acting as the base to attach the nylon or resin-coated netting.
What Are the Main Components of a Hockey Goal Frame?
The framing components of a hockey goal are made of tubular powder-coated steel, which is rounded and connects a main horizontal bar to two sidebars (or goal posts) to form a rectangular shape.
National Hockey League (NHL) rules dictate that a frame be 180 centimeters (72 inches) wide by 120 centimeters (48 inches) tall, with a footprint on the ice that runs 100 centimeters (40 inches) deep.
Attached to the steel post is nylon netting, which serves to catch incoming pucks and prevent the pucks from entering the backside of the goal frame.
This basic type of goal construction is what you will see in hockey arenas large and small, all across North America. What really distinguishes the goal frames is how they are accessorized to increase both their functionality and their long-term durability.
Athletica Sport Systems (along with Becker Arena Products and Cascadia Sport Systems) works with all major hockey leagues to provide the best possible gear and equipment for the game, including goal frames and accessories.
Read on to learn more about the many high-quality products you can add to our frames, from Marsh Pegs to repair twine to goal frame padding. We have everything you need to get your hockey goal frames outfitted and ready for competitive play.
What Accessories Should Be Used With a Hockey Goal Frame?
Once you have a high-quality powder-coated steel frame and tough nylon net for your hockey goal frame, there are a number of important options to consider when it comes to accessories.
These accessories work to protect the goal frame and net, ensure even greater safety during play, and increase the goal frame’s long-term durability.
If you are starting from scratch with no equipment, you should consider a goal package to make ordering that much easier. This way, you will receive the steel frame and net and padding and protectors, which can be ordered and delivered in a “game ready” setup or unstrung.
If you already have a sturdy, high-quality frame, we can provide any accessory you need to improve its performance and durability. These include:
- Net and padding packages with 6mm knotless nets or 5mm nylon nets, nylon net protectors, bottom pads, vertical/back pads, and lacing twine
- One-piece construction regulation goal nets, either resin-coated or knotless nylon, with lacing twin included (these are sold in pairs)
- Goal frame pads made of heavy-duty white tear-resistant nylon, including bottom pads (for 34, 40, and 44-inch frames), top and center pads with either Velcro attachments or grommeted lace attachments, and vertical back pads with Velcro attachments
- Vinyl and nylon net protectors as well as pro-style and clear net protectors
- Lacing and repair twine
- Goal frame transporters
- Edge Protech (to keep skate marks off the bottom section of the steel frame)
- Velcro-attached water bottle holders for the back of the goal frame
- Marsh Pegs, piranha pegs, and freeze-in posts
Do You Really Need Goal Frame Accessories?
Simply speaking, YES. In many cases, you need goal accessories to help prevent player injuries, and you also want to extend the life of your goal, which is an investment.
Things like Marsh Pegs work to prevent injuries as they are designed to allow the goal frame to release on hard impact. The padding used along with the powder-coated steel also protects the players, and you want to ensure it is constructed of the highest quality so that it stays put during play and does not rip or tear under pressure.
A goal transporter is also a simple and effective tool that will make your life a little easier and help you safely move your goals on and off the ice when your arena will be used for recreational skating or activities other than hockey. A net protector prolongs the life of your netting and can also be custom embroidered with a team’s logo.
Find Out What Will Work Best for You
We are ready to help you decide how to best accessorize your goal frame and what items you need to improve safety and performance. Our knowledgeable reps can assist you in choosing the best products for your arena and all your hockey needs.
Contact us today to get started.