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Youth Hockey Equipment

Choosing hockey gear is an important issue for players, parents and coaches.

Skates — Purchase skates that will fit your child now, with no more than 1/2" allowed for growth. Seek adequate protection in the ankle, toe and instep areas. Skates that do not fit properly will hamper your child's ability to skate.

Helmet — Helmets must be of a design and construction approved by the Hockey Equipment Certification Council (HECC). They must be sized at the time of purchase to fit properly. The chin strap must always be fastened.

Facemask — Facemasks mst be of a design and construction approved by the Hockey Equipment Certification Council (HECC).

Mouthpiece — Are required for players in the 12 & Under (youth) and 8 & Under (girls) through Junior age classification. USA Hockey encourages players of all ages and ability levels to use a mouthpiece.

Stick — Length should generally extend from the ice to the player's chin (with skates on). Quality and price differ greatly, so the choice is yours.

Shin Pads — Check for proper lengths so that pads protect knees and shins 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/Breezers — Are held in proper position by suspenders. Pants protect the lower spine, hips and thighs.

Elbow Pads — Properly fitted so they do not slide.

How to Dress Youth Hockey Players for Practice

This USA Hockey video gives an overview of the equipment needed to properly dress youth hockey players for practice.

Goalie Equipment

The goaltender's equipment is especially important, so seek advice from a knowledgeable source.

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.

Additional Resources

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Ice Hockey Drills

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Learn-to-Play Programs

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Camps & Clinics

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