Ultimate Hockey has built a reputation on selling skates
Bauer Vapor, CCM Tacks, you name it, we sell them. Hockey skates for every fit and style of play. And we're available to provide information and advice on everything from skate fitting to blade profiling too. Just pop us an email!
The right blade contour for
your style of play
Having the right skates when your blades aren't sharpened to fit your stule of play won't get you anywhere. In our retail store, we've built a reputation for offering some of the best skate sharpening anywhere. If you're traveling through Grand Forks or West Kelowna, visit our retail locations and bring your skates in for a sharpening. You'll see why folks travel a long distance just to get us to sharpen their skates. In the meantime, check out the chart to the left from Wissota Skate Sharpeners with a simple at a glance guide explaining the different blade hollow radiuses and how they affect your skating.
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The oldest skates on record date back to about 3000 B.C., found at the bottom of a lake in Switzerland. those skates were crafted from the leg bones of large animals. Leather straps through holes in each end of the bone were used to strap the 'blade' to the skater's foot.
in the 14th century, the Dutch began using wooden platforms attached with flat iron runners and skaters would use poles to propel themselves.
Around 1500, the Dutch added a double-edged blade to skates, eliminating the need for the skater to use poles.
Modern skates, like the ones we use today were revolutionized by a blade maker from Minnesota in 1914, making the first close-toed blade from a single piece of steel.
Though companies like Bauer have experimented over the years with other materials like plastic, leather is still the common material used in skates.
Of the more recent advancements in skate technology, CCM/Reebok introduced the pump skate in the 2,000's, allowing the skate to be inflated around the skater's heal for a perfect fit.