How to Convert Hockey Skates to Rollerblades


Ice skating and rollerblading are similar recreational activities. Whereas ice skates use a blade attached to a frame to glide across ice, rollerblades travel over concrete or asphalt using wheels secured against a skate plate.The skate boots for both are structurally the same. If you’re a hockey player living away from the ice, you can convert your ice skates into rollerblades with some shop tools and a ready-to-install skate plate.

Things You'll Need

  • Vice
  • Drill
  • Screw bit
  • Socket wrench (if necessary)
  • Rollerblade skate plate
  • Drill bit
  • Secure the hockey skate in an upside-down position with the vice.

  • Loosen and remove all screws securing the blade frame to the bottom of the hockey skate. If there are any bolts, loosen and remove these with a socket wrench. Lift the blade frame away from the skate boot.

  • Mark with a pen or marker the center of the heel and balls of the feet on the skate while keeping the skate boot in the vice. Use a tape measure to assist in doing this.

  • Place the rollerblade skate plate on the skate boot so that it lines up with the marks that you made in Step 3. Center the skate plate so that the distance between the toe and front of the skate plate is the same as the distance from the heel to the back of the skate plate. Mark the screw holes or bolt holes through the skate plate with your pen or marker. Remove the rollerblade skate plate.

  • Drill 1/2-inch deep holes through the skate boot markings with a drill and drill bit.

  • Place the skate plate on the skate boot bottom and secure. Use the mounting equipment included in the rollerblade materials. Secure the screws with a drill and drill bit. Thread the bolts through the skate plate, making sure to thread any necessary washers over the bolt first. Remove the hockey skate’s inside sole and secure the bolts by tightening a nut inside the boot with your socket wrench.

  • Attach and tighten all wheels and bearings, following the manufacturer's instructions. You may need a screwdriver or a socket wrench to properly tighten the wheels.

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