Hockey stink is brutal.

A couple of months ago, I stayed at a hotel that I knew was a weekend destination for hockey teams, half a mile away from a quad pad arena. It was a Tuesday night in the middle of a non-holiday week, and the hotel was relatively empty.

And it smelled good too.

Three nights later, I was back at the same hotel but this time the parking lot, flanked on the perimeter by busses bearing team logos, was chock-a-block full. As I walked through those automatic sliding glass doors, I smelled the difference straight away.

I could smell the hockey stink.

I know hockey moms who wash all their kids’ equipment after each use. I know hockey dads who refuse to let the equipment bag into the house — ever.

I, personally, require my kid — and any of his teammates catching a lift with me — to have a shower before getting into my car — something many kids seem to get away with not having to do at the arena.


Tips from Pro Stock Hockey

Adam Rosenbaum from Pro Stock Hockey sent me a link to an infographic they made about dealing with hockey stink. You might know their website — they sell only equipment used by professional hockey players. Adam says:

As you know, hockey players wear a lot of equipment and struggle with “hockey smells” all the time. It is important for players and their families to control the bacteria and keep the house smelling fresh. The company I work for, Pro Stock Hockey, created an infographic that features gear cleaning and stench control tips taken straight from NHL trainers and staff.

Check out their suggestions below.

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Washing Equipment from Pro Stock Hockey, a company that has pro stock hockey sticks for sale