Mandatory Equipment (for all levels)
Required equipment as follows:
- CSA certified hockey helmet and full face mask (cage)
- Hockey Skates
- Shoulder Pads
- Elbow Pads
- Neck Guard
- Jock / Jill
- Hockey Pants
- Shin Pads
- Hockey Gloves
- Hockey Stick – cut to appropriate size (generally between the upper lip and chin depending on the child. Too long or too short will make it difficult to handle). DO NOT use an adult stick cut down as the weight and balance are drastically different
- Jersey – one will be provided near the beginning of the season but you will have to bring your own for sort-outs and to start the season
- Socks / Garter Belt – not provided
Hockey Equipment Fitting Guide
When purchasing hockey equipment, the most important aspect to consider is that the equipment is properly fitted. When equipment is not suitably fitted, the player is exposed to injury. Hockey Canada and KHMA recommend parents, and players use great care when selecting appropriate protective equipment before stepping on the ice. This information should only be used as a guideline when purchasing hockey equipment.
Note these three important factors when evaluating new or used hockey equipment:
- The equipment is in proper condition
- The equipment is properly maintained throughout its life span
- The equipment fits properly
If any piece of equipment is cracked or is structurally unsound, it should be replaced immediately or properly repaired by a professional. Equipment should be inspected often so that any breaks can be caught immediately and properly attended to. All equipment should be hung to dry after every game or practice. This reduces deterioration in the equipment’s structure and quality. Skate blades and holders should be completely dried immediately after every game or practice. This will prevent deterioration of the blade. Proper maintenance involves examining all equipment frequently throughout its life span.
Equipment should cover the entire area of the body that it is meant to cover and should never be bought “to grow into”. This leaves the player at risk of serious injury, as equipment that is too big will slide away from the area that it is protecting. Remember also that new is not necessarily better! New equipment may be costly, and with a little bit of research you can locate safe, used equipment at a very reasonable price – but, for safety’s sake, ensure it meets all applicable standards, specifically CSA for helmets and facial protection and BNQ for throat protection.
The following is an internet website with sizing and pricing guidelines that will assist the consumer when fitting and purchasing hockey equipment for themselves or their child – Hockey Canada Tips Booklet
On Hockey Canada’s website you will find a handy equipment tips booklet. Just look for the appropriate link with this title or type in the link. The site is very user-friendly, simply scroll down to the name of the piece of equipment you would like to size, and then read on.
Links to Equipment proper fitting / maintaining videos