How Can I Tell When My Skates Need Sharpening?

Your skates are your ultimate tool on the ice - so maintain your edge with the help of Competitive Edge Sports. Regular skate sharpening is essential.

Under normal conditions, a skate sharpening for the serious hockey player should last for about 3 to 5 hours of ice time.

Damage to the blades from stepping on concrete or hitting metal objects such as a goal post or someone else's skate can strip an edge and require the skate to be sharpened, no matter how long it has been in use.

You can tell that your skates need sharpening when they begin slipping on hard turns, pushing-off or cross-overs - this is an indication of dull skates.