How to Buy Hockey Equipment

Hockey equipment can be cheap but good equipment is expensive. And good equipment lasts, making the money spent well worth it in the long run.


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    Go to different stores and try on different brands and types of equipment.
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    Ask the employee's opinion. See what they think on how your shoulder pads fit. They may not be accurate, but it doesn't hurt to ask. You'll get the best results if you go to a hockey-centered store, instead of a big chain store, such as Modell's, or Sports Authority.
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    Wear your equipment around for a while. The equipment may feel rather comfortable at first, but end up not fitting you.
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    When you buy new skates, try on various pairs to see which designs are the most comfortable. Buying used skates is fine, as long as the store has a skate oven. The cost of a set of new skates is sometimes worth it, but if you find a good quality pair of used skates that you can get molded, buy them. Both function just fine.
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    When you buy a stick, choose one that has a length that goes from the floor to between your chin and nose with your skates on. If you buy a stick and you don't have your skates with you, choose one that goes between your forehead and nose. That way, when you use it with your skates, it should be the right length.
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    When you buy new pants, make sure that the back of the pants touch your shoulder pads and the bottoms of your pants touch your shin pads.
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    Some hockey leagues require neck guards; they're required everywhere in Canada. Check with your local league to see if they're required. If you're not sure, buy one just in case, since they're not expensive and it doesn't hurt to have one. Just because it's not required doesn't mean you shouldn't use one.


  • Defenders should go for more durable and bigger shin and shoulder pads, since they sometimes block the puck themselves.
  • Ask you're local hockey store if they have a skate oven; it will help your skates mold to your feet (this helps a lot if you buy used skates, but it will also work with new skates).
  • Try on several different brands and styles of equipment to see how they fit.
  • Wings and Centers should look for lightweight shin pads and hockey pants. They should also look for lightweight skates made for speed. The Nike Bauer Vapor series is a popular example.


  • Spend only as much as you need to. Higher priced equipment doesn't necessarily equal better performance.

Things You'll Need

  • Money
  • A Will to Play Hockey

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Categories: Ice Hockey