Your skates are your ultimate tool in the rink, and regular skate sharpening is crucial to keep an edge that will perform as you need it to.
Sharpening for Hockey Skates
Maintain your edge with the help of DICK’S Sporting Goods—our Skate PROS will have you ready for the ice in minutes.
Skate PROS use a diamond-tipped dresser to grind an edge on your figure or hockey skates. Concave semi-circles, called the skate hollow, are cut into the blade edge. The deeper the hollow, the sharper your blade will be. A deep hollow produces a sharper feel and better grip (or bite) on the ice, while a shallow hollow delivers more speed (or glide). A Skate PRO can help you determine what might be best for your skill level, style of play and frequency of use.
If you begin to feel yourself sliding uncomfortably on the ice, it’s probably time for a professional sharpening. Many skaters log the number of hours between sharpenings, so they’re always prepared for practice or play. Remember, nicks, abrasions and dullness can impact your speed and control on the ice.
Figure skate sharpening is also available in locations offering Skate Services.
Sparx Skate Sharpening
This patented alignment system provides consisten sharpening for pro-level results.
Available in these stores:
Lake Grove, NY
Orland Park Place, IL
Maple Grove, MN
West Nyack, MY
South Portland, ME
Green Bay, WI
Long Island, NY
West Nyack, NY
Heat Molding Service
You can also customize the fit of certain hockey skates with heat molding services offered in select stores. Many skates contain a specialized thermoformable foam that softens when heated, creating a fit that’s specific to your foot. Skate PROS at DICK’S will bake your new skates in a specialized oven then fit them to your feet, helping you save hours of break-in time. The skate will be just warm enough to soften the foam while cool enough to slip onto your foot.
What’s the Difference Between a Hockey Skate & a Figure Skate?
Designed for speed and protection.
The boot features a lower front, high back and toe box. The blade is riveted into the sole of the boot and has a flat middle and curved ends. It’s more difficult to spin in hockey skates, but they are better for speed, turns and quick stops.
Built for performance and support.
Figure skating blades have a high boot and blades that are longer and heavier. They feature a toe pick at the blade tip, which helps with jumps. Figure skate blades are gently curved and mounted separately onto a skate boot.
Find the right sharpness for your needs.
Our Skate PROS recommend a default radius of ½” for hockey skates and 1" for figure skates. Tell a PRO your radius preference or change slightly between sharpenings until you find the right radius for you. There’s even a spot on your Frequent Skate Sharpening Program card to record your hollow and the name of your Skate PRO.