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FAQ About Hockey

  • Is hockey safe?

    Yes. Hockey players wear more protective equipment than any other sport! A study has shown that ice hockey injuries ranked after both basketball and soccer in emergency room visits related to sport and recreational activities.

    Youth hockey is a different game than the NHL. With a different set of rules in place, youth hockey places a stronger emphasis on sportsmanship and friendly competition. Contact is not allowed prior to the Peewee level (age 11 & 12). After Peewees, checking is allowed, but fighting is not. Learn more about USA Hockey's SafeSport Program.

  • What does it cost to play hockey?

    In New Jersey, there are opportunities to participate that do not have to be expensive! Each local youth hockey association has its own fee structure. Please check with your neighborhood rink or local association to find out that season's fee structure.

  • What commitment level is required for my child to play hockey?

    Each neighborhood rink or local youth hockey association has different commitment levels for participation. House programs will be focused on skill development while keeping things fun on a limited commitment basis. Travel programs are more competitive and require more of a time commitment.

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