What equipment is needed to get started?
Full equipment is required for all of our programs. We have equipment to rent for the season for our beginner players and start each season with a free of charge equipment swap open to all players. Make sure equipment properly fits each season and throughout the season to allow for adequate protection and comfort which will maximize the hockey fun!
Where to buy? There are a number of places in the surrounding areas from used gear, pro shops, hockey stores as well as online vendors. Here are just a few to check out:
Skates – Purchase skates that will fit your child today with no more than ½” allowed for growth. Seek adequate protection in the ankle, toe and instep areas, improperly fitted skates will hamper your child’s ability to skate.
Helmet – Must be of a design and construction approved by the Hockey Equipment Certification Council (HECC). Must be sized at the time of purchase to fit properly. The chin strap must always be fastened.
Facemask – Must be of a design and construction approved by the Hockey Equipment Certification Council (HECC).
Stick – Length should generally extend from the ice to the players chin (with skates on). Quality and price differ greatly, so the choice is yours. For additional information about sticks click here.
Shin Pads – Check for proper lengths so they protect the knee and skin completely.
Supporter and Cup – Essential protective equipment.
Gloves – Check for proper fit with good finger and hand mobility.
Shoulder Pads – Adjust to fit the individual at the time of purchase. A fiber cap is extremely important in preventing shoulder separations and should extend to the tip of the shoulder.
Pants – Held in proper position by suspenders. Pants provide protection for the lower spine, hips and thighs.
Elbow Pads – Properly fitted so they do not slide.
For goaltenders, special equipment is necessary such as gloves (catching and stick), chest and stomach protection, goalie skates (with protective shell), leg pads and shoulder and arm protectors. We provide goalie equipment for the players in our Mite programs.