How to Break in Hockey Gloves

    Put the gloves on your hands and open and close your fists. This will help you figure out how much the gloves need to be broken in. If they are easy to move, you won't need to break them in as much as if the gloves are extremely stiff.

    Grip a hockey stick while wearing the gloves. Place a puck or hockey ball on the ground and stick handle. If it is easy to stick handle with the new gloves, you don't need to break the gloves in any further. If they feel stiff, or you can't feel the stick properly, you will need to continue to break them in.

    Fill a large bowl or sink with cold water. Soak the palms of the gloves in the water overnight, or until fully saturated with water.

    Remove the gloves from the water and allow them to dry completely. The gloves must have ample time to fully dry prior to playing with them for optimal softness.

    Bake the gloves in a skate oven if they are still too stiff to use. The gloves only need a couple of minutes in a skate oven at a lower temperature to heat the suede and allow it to soften.


  • Place the gloves in a sauna after soaking them to allow them to dry quickly. The deep, penetrating heat will also help soften the suede.


  • Don't use oil on the gloves. Oil is too heavy for the suede palms of the gloves and will make the gloves too heavy to use for play.

Things Needed

  • Skate oven
  • Hockey stick
  • Water

About the Author

Based in Dayton, Ohio, Sari Hardyal has been writing fitness, sports, entertainment and health-related articles for more than five years. Hardyal holds a Bachelor of Science in mass communication from Miami University and is pursuing her master's degree in occupational therapy and her doctorate in physical therapy. She is a certified personal trainer with the National Federation of Professional Trainers.