GETTING THE EDGE by Lafreniere’s Racer’s Edge,
Goaltending is the mainstay of the game. Equipment for the goalies; skates, gloves, pads and such are necessities for the position.
Skates are the most essential piece of goaltending equipment, and should be maintained as such.
Sharpening can vary from style to style, but for the most part, goalies nowadays prefer sharper blades. Beginner goalies usually start with an edge that is easy to manage, such as a 3/4 or 5/8″ cut. Goalies that have been playing for a few years prefer a deeper cut such as a 7/16 or 1/2″.
This allows the tender to be able to push stronger laterally and gives him/her more grip when doing certain drills. When parents get an edge done for their goalies, keep in mind ability, style, level and the weight of the tender (without equipment), that way the sharpener should be able to determine which cut would be best. Once you find a skate sharpener that your goalie is satisfied with, try and stay with them for consistency. Ice temperature plays a large role in the sharpening, so find a sharpener that keeps track of the ice temperatures in your area for more consistent edges. A rule of thumb for as how often skates should be done would be between 6 & 8 hours of on ice or when the tender thinks they need to be done.