The newHockey Mom

I have three boys and spend “a little” time hanging around ice rinks. Every year I see a couple first time hockey parents trying to figure-out the equipment and how to put it on. This post is for those who need the “Hockey for Dummies – A parents guide 101”.

Step 1: Shopping List

Here is a list of items you will need on day one.


  • Cotton socks (the kind you wear on your feet)
  • Long underwear
  • Jock strap / Jill strap
  • Shin guards
  • Hockey Socks
  • Hockey Pants
  • Skates
  • Shoulder pads
  • Elbow pads
  • Neck guard
  • Hockey Jersey
  • Mouth guard
  • Helmet (CSA Approved)
  • Helmet cage
  • Hockey Gloves
  • Stick
  • Shin guard tape
  • Stick tape
  • Equipment bag


Step 2: Dressing your young player

The above list happens to be in a specific order. Its in order of how to dress your young hockey star.

1) I like to start with a comfy pair of cotton socks that are higher then my skates. I wear dryfit long underwear that absorbs sweats.

2) Put on the jock. I prefer the jock shorts with Velcro.

3) Put on the shin guards, Left and Right.

4) Pull the hockey socks over the shin guards, attaching the Velcro of the sock to the Velcro of the jock.

5) In this order, put on your Hockey pants, skates, shoulder pads, neck guard, and jersey.

ShinGuard hockey tapeThe Shin guard tape goes on over the hockey socks. It should be above and below the calf muscle. For my 4 year old, I only apply it above his calf.

Once around with a few inch overlap is sufficient. It should not be very tight. Just enough to keep the shin guards in place. Its painful if the shin guard rotates a little and your knee hits the ice directly.

7) As far as I know, mouth guards are optional at the beginner level hockey schools. Mouth guards help protect against concussions. They absorb impact energy to reduce the force transferred to the brain. I know most kids don’t like the feeling, but getting them used to it from a young age is definitely worth the effort.

8) Put on your helmet with full-face protection and grab your stick, you’re ready to go.

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