Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Be Like Riley!

Andover's Riley C. gets ready
for the 2019 Challenge.
Riley is ready to go for this year's 5000 Shot Challenge...are you? I spied Riley, a past 5000 Shot Challenge participant, shooting in her driveway earlier this week.  I told her I was going to let everyone know that she's ready to go! Are you?
Can you spy all the ways Riley is ready to shoot pucks?  Yes, she has a stick and some pucks...and her focus...but what else is going to help Riley finish? 
1. Net  Shooting pucks is fun, but trying to find errant pucks isn't.  Make sure your pucks are easy to find by shooting into a net.  We have several sizes available; shop here for nets.
2. Shooting board  Shooting boards are available in a variety of sizes for whatever space you have.  The purpose of a shooting surface is to mimic the feel of a puck on the ice PLUS saves your nice twig from being damaged by asphalt. Shooting surfaces are available in-store only and begin at $44.99.
3. Pucks  Make sure you have enough pucks to make the Challenge fun!  Get your bucket of 20 pucks at TSR here.
The 2019 5000 Shot Challenge kicks off on June 1st.  TSR will send tracking sheets before the Good luck!!!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Get Your Training On!

Become an expert passer, a super deker, and an accurate shooter with training tools we've stocked in each of our stores (and online). We scoured the marketplace for the best tools to help you gain the edge on your competition and found these to be the best of the best.  Get that net, targets, buckets of pucks, and even a shooting board (not sold online) before the start of the 5000 Shot Challenge and be sure you're ready!
You can SHOP ONLINE here or in any of our TSR stores.  We've put these great products in all of our TSR rink stores.  Always check out "This Week at the Rinks" for updated rink store hours.
*There is no purchase necessary to participate in the 5000 Shot Challenge

Monday, April 1, 2019

We're ready for 2019's Challenge...are you??

Are YOU ready for this season's best off-season challenge?
The TSR 5,000 Shot Challenge is a ten-week challenge where players commit to shooting 5,000 pucks over the summer. Each week, we will outline what shot the players must take along with tips on how to take the shots properly. This year's Challenge begins on June 1st.
The 5000 Shot Challenge schedule is based on shooting pucks 5 days per week over the course of 12 weeks so there IS TIME for vacations and/or days off. We don't want the younger players to burn out so any U8 or Mite players who commit to the Challenge only need to complete 2500 shots to be considered finishers.
TSR will provide tracking sheets with the required shots.  Those tracking sheets must be signed by an adult and sent to TSR via email to There is no cost to participate, however players will find there are specific items they need to complete the Challenge: stick, gloves, pucks (at least 20), net, and a shooting surface. There will be some weeks where the Challenge will be more successful with a shooter tutor, passer, or other training tool.  We have put many of our favorite training tools in TSR stores and hope you'll join in on the fun.
EVERY FINISHER GETS A PRIZE!! Plus, participants can be profiled as Snipers of the Week by simply sending in signed tracking sheets.  Sign up by emailing and read through the blog to see just how much fun this is!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Week 10 Sniper: Ryan R.

Congratulations to our Week 10 Sniper of the Week: Ryan R. has been a 5,000 Shot Challenge participant in the past and it's been great to get to know him!  Although Ryan hails from western Massachusetts, he plays for Governor's Academy in Byfield. Read more about Ryan:
How many years playing? 14

Lefty or righty? LEFTY

Position?  DEFENSE

Favorite pre-game food:  CHICKEN AND RICE

Favorite team:  ST LOUIS BLUES

Favorite player:  COLTON PARAYKO


Favorite thing about hockey?  THE TEAM AND COMPETITION 
We are down to our final week of shooting.  Please have your last sheets emailed to me by Saturday August 25th:  We already have some finishers so join the group that will be receiving a great gift for finishing!!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Mighty Mites: the youngest 5K participants are setting the bar

Being a little kid isn't always easy: early bedtimes, must-eat veggies, and even the make-your-bed nagging can make a kid wish to be older.  Big kids sometimes think little kids aren't capable of big expectations, but this year's youngest 5000 Shot Challenge participants are blowing those thoughts out of the water:  these "Mighty Mites" are proving that they, too, can do the same things as the big kids.
Traditionally, mites are required to shoot "only" 2500 pucks to be considered finishers. Of the 31 mites signed up to participate in this year's Challenge, only nine have actually participated (turned in shooting logs). Those nine players have shot over 17,000 pucks this summer with 4 weeks still to go in the Challenge. Inspired by Gavin W., a Rochester Coalition mite who insisted on shooting the full 5,000 pucks, we wanted to learn more about all the mites participating.
Gavin W.
Gavin W.
Gavin, our inspiration and a mite with the Rochester Coalition, has been playing hockey for four (4) years and says his favorite thing about hockey is hanging out with his buddies.  He has found that the most fun part of the 5000 Shot Challenge is that it's helping him become a sniper! Gavin cheers for the Washington Capitals, which his mom insists was Gavin's favorite team before they won the Cup. Gavin's goal is the full 5,000 shots; he has already shot 2,000 pucks this summer.

Daniel H.
Daniel H.
Daniel has also been playing hockey for four (4) years and says that hockey is "just so fun." He likes shooting and passing.  Daniel's favorite team is the Boston Bruins.  His favorite thing about the 5,000 Shot Challenge?  "Aiming and taking all those shots," which is good because he has already shot over 3,100 pucks this summer!

Ryan G.
Dylan A.

Ryan G.
Ryan started playing hockey three (3) years ago and says his favorite thing about hockey is "working as a team." He loves the Buffalo Sabres and thinks working on his shot is the best part of the 5,000 Shot Challenge. Ryan has shot over 2,300 pucks.

Dylan A.
Dylan, a Methuen Ranger, stopped by the TSR Tent Sale and learned first hand how the Sniper of the Week is chosen.  He even got to help pick a Sniper! Dylan has been playing hockey for five (5) years and thinks scoring goals is the best part of hockey. As for the 5,000 Shot Challenge? His favorite part is that he is getting better each week.  Dylan has shot over 1,700 pucks this summer.
Jackson L.
Jackson L.
Jackson, a mite from Andover, has been playing hockey for four (4) years. He cheers for the Bruins and the Golden Knights when he's not playing. His favorite thing about hockey is playing goalie when it's his turn. Jackson thinks getting better at shots is the best part of the 5,000 Shot Challenge and he has already shot over 1,800 pucks this summer.
Ryan G.
Ryan G.
This will be Ryan's, a mite from Bradford, MA, fourth year playing hockey.  He loves scoring and hitting people and thinks the best part of the 5,000 Shot Challenge is improving his shot with all the practice. Ryan roots for the Boston Bruins and has shot over 3,200 pucks this summer!

Michael F.
Michael F.
Michael, another mite from Rochester Coalition, has been playing hockey for four (4) years and loves skating fast.  He says hockey is exciting! Since he's a New Yorker, we won't hold it against him that he roots for the NY Rangers. Michael says the 5,000 Shot Challenge makes him get better at hockey in the summer.
Colton B.
Colton B.
Colton, who wears #45 for his mite team, started skating when he was three (3) years old. His favorite thing about hockey is having fun with his teammates because "we are all friends." Colton roots for the Bruins when he's not playing. About the 5,000 Shot Challenge, Colton says the "best part has been practicing each day and seeing my shot get better." Colton has shot 1,500 pucks so far this summer.
Jackson V.
Jackson, another Rochester Coalition mite, has shot almost 1,600 pucks this summer and loves being rough in hockey.  He has been playing for four (4) years and he roots for the Calgary Flames when he's not playing. Jackson says the best part of the 5,000 Shot Challenge is learning to shoot hard.
These nine mites have proven that the bigger you train, the bigger you play.  We hope they have a great season and hope the 5,000 Shot Challenge is a small part of it. Thanks Gavin W. for inspiring us to get to know you and the other Mighty Mites!  Keep shooting!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Sniper #9: Tyler R.

Congratulations to our latest Sniper of the Week: Tyler R. Tyler was the first to reach the 5000 shot milestone...and he's a GOALIE!  He's been playing hockey for 6 years and says making glove saves is the best part of hockey (besides the game itself!).

Favorite pump-up song: High Hopes by Panic at the Disco

Favorite team: Boston Bruins

Favorite player: Marc-Andre Fleury

Pre-game ritual: sitting quietly to get in "the zone"

Lefty or Righty? Righty, but everything else in his life is done lefty

Ty wins a $15 gift card to TSR, plus a roll of tape.  Congrats, Ty!
Keep an eye out for an upcoming story on the youngest 5000 Shot Challenge participants.  These MIGHTY MITES will amaze you!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Sniper #8: Riley L.

Congratulations to our latest Sniper of the Week, Riley L.  Riley is one of the few girls participating in the Challenge and has shot over 3,000 pucks this summer.  She is an 11-year-old right shot forward who loves scoring goals and being with her teammates.

Position: Center or Wing

How long playing: 5 years

Favorite team: Boston Bruins

Favorite player: Adam McQuaid (because she met him)

Best place to shoot pucks: the basement

Riley wins a $15 gift card to TSR and a roll of tape. Shoutout to 5000 Shot Challenge participants Zach A. and Dylan A. who stopped by the TSR Tent Sale over the weekend and helped choose Sniper #8. Thanks, boys!