Perhaps the most important position on the ice, the goalie lives in a world of his own. He’s both director and last defense. He must possess a variety of skills other players don’t. And he gets to wear a whole lot of equipment made just for goalies, including goalie skates.
Hockey Goalie skates are not the same as regular hockey skates—they’re made to accommodate the specific way a goalie moves during play, and the boots and the blades are engineered for this.
Check out a pair side-by-side with regular hockey skates, and you’ll see that goalie skates are shorter—to aid mobility—and the blades are longer and thicker than blades on standard hockey skates, giving goalies more surface area to push side-to-side. The longer, flatter blades also are designed to withstand all those incoming hard shots. Not every puck goes into the glove, after all.
That’s a question best answered after you identify your style of play and do some research. Pure Hockey is a great place to start: we carry a wide array of hockey goalie skates from Bauer and CCM, two of the world’s premier manufacturers—we carry all sizes for all ages and skill levels. And all of it is backed by our Low-Price Guarantee, which means you’ll be getting the best available price anywhere.