Everyone who plays hockey, whether it's a child in the minor hockey system, a professional in the NHL or Grampa carving the ice in an Oldtimers' league, equipment is an essential part of the game. Equipment that fits correctly and that is well-maintained helps to protect any player, regardless of age or playing level.
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Equipment Essentials by By Colin McDougall:
Hockey equipment comes in different price ranges with factors such as materials, construction, and usage determining the cost. For example, goalie skates differ from regular skates, as they feature a wider blade and have a lower boot to protect the ankles and feet. Here is the basic equipment you’ll need:
Skates— Select skates with hard plastic boots, as they offer better protection against pucks and provide more support for your ankles. The greater the portion of the blade that contacts the ice (the radius) the easier it will be for you to move forward with stability. In general, if you are new to hockey, select a skate with about 5 inches of radius.
Helmet— Purchase a quality helmet with a clear facemask to protect your face, teeth, and eyes from injury. Quality helmets have designations from appropriate safety testing organizations. For example, in Canada, hockey helmets must meet the testing standards of the Canadian Safety Association (CSA).
Body protection— Shin, knee, elbow, and shoulder pads all will save you when you take a tumble. If you are afraid you’ll look like the Michelin Man in your hockey gear just remember there’s nothing cool about being injured. And guys remember to wear an athletic support and a cup to protect, ah . . . your privates. Girls, instead of a "jock", you should be scanning the aisle for a "jill".
Hockey stick— This is a whole topic in itself. The three key characteristics in selecting a hockey stick are the shaft material, the blade curve, and the angle between the blade and shaft when the blade lies on the ice as you hold the stick in a forehand shot. Ask the experts what they suggest for your level of skill and playing style. A high-tech composite stick will be lighter than a wooden stick, but also more expensive.
If you are thinking hockey equipment sounds specialized, you’re right. If you think you will have to spend a small fortune to get outfitted—think again. Reputable Internet retailers have everything you need at prices that will fit your budget. They can give you expert advice, help you get your gear, and save you money in the bargain. Not bad! Local sporting goods stores have excellent staff who are knowledgable and can be relied on to ensure a player is completely and correctly outfitted.