All hockey players in Carstairs Minor Hockey are required to have a full set of equipment in order to play. Hockey Canada sets the standards that we are required to abide by - it might seem a long list, but ensuring safety on the ice is the number one priority.
WHAT TO BUY
Must have items are:
- Helmet (must be CSA-certified)
- Neck guard (must be BNQ-certified)
- Shoulder pads
- Elbow pads
- Groin guard (jock/jill/cup)
- Hockey pants
- Shin pads
- Hockey socks
- Hockey stick
- Practice jersey
- Equipment bag
Optional, non-essential items that can make the hockey experience a little better/easier are:
- Skate guards
- Water bottle
- Stick tape
- Sock tape/shin pad straps
- Spare stick
- Spare laces
- Stick wax
"welcome to hockey" youtube series
If you're completely new to hockey equipment (and we've all been there), coach Jeremy in his series of hockey YouTube videos provides a fun, informative look at selecting and putting on hockey equipment with his son Mason.
Hockey Canada parent faq's
Hockey Canada has a wealth of information contained in their Frequently Asked Questions for Parents. They provide lots of information about hockey equipment and fitting that's really useful for parents starting out.
Where to buy - CROSSFIELD CORNER SPORTS
We are fortunate to have a great family-run store very close to Carstairs catering for a ton of sports including hockey. CCS has a great selection of new and gently used items and can get items brought in if they don't have it in stock.
Don't be worried about going in here and saying "I'm here to buy hockey equipment for my son/daughter and have no idea what I need!". Contact them on phone 403 946 0011 and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHERE TO BUY - EAST SIDE SPORTS, AIRDRIE
Another great option is East Side Sports in Airdrie. They have a great selection of both new and gently used items and a team of knowledgeable staff on hand to help with questions and fittings.
Contact them on phone 403 912 3012 and messages via their facebook page.