Price range for a new set of equipment is anywhere from $300 to over $1000 depending on the models selected. Most sports stores carry a great variety of models of all prices and will be able to meet all of your equipment needs. You can easily get used equipment as well, but we do recommend certain items to be bought new. See below.
Ice Hockey Helmet
Lets talk about the ice hockey helmet. You should probably by this item new. Ice Hockey helmets are CSA approved but they do expire after a while, and lets face it, the head is the most important part of your body. You don’t want to go cheap here. A used helmet past due won’t help you much if you bang your head on the ice, and someone else wore it before you, sweated in it. You get the picture. Helmets usually come without any facial protection, but you can get a cage/helmet combo all in one. We strongly recommend that you wear full facial protection. Teeth are expensive, eyes are irreplaceable. As a beginner ice hockey player you don’t get any special advantage of having zero facial protection. So go with a full cage or with a full visor. While we strongly recommend facial protection, it is not mandatory in the program or the league later.
Shoulder pads are also strongly recommended for beginner players. As you learn to skate and play the sport you will be falling on the ice. You want to have some upper body protection. As you become better and more comfortable with skating, years down the road you can ditch this item. The other reason why you may want to wear shoulder pads or shouldies as we call them is because they provide protection from pucks. It is not fun getting winded. Should you spend an arm an a leg on these? Probably not. We are not playing contact so any reasonably priced new or used pair should do the trick. Shoulder pads are not mandatory in later league play after you successfully complete the program.
You will definitely want to buy these. When falling on the ice the first point of contact usually is either your knee or your elbow. The program does teach you how to fall properly, but it definitely helps to have good elbow pads on. These should fit snugly around your arms and should not slide easily. Sometimes it is a good idea to use sock tape to make sure elbow pads stay on all the way down before contact is made with the hard ice surface. Can you buy these used? Absolutely. Just make sure they fit properly and have padding left.
Definitely by this new, for obvious reasons ;)!
It is optional, but is highly recommended. Although if you are wearing a cage, it may not be necessary since you have protection around your mouth already. If you have a visor, definitely a good idea. Buy new for obvious reasons.
Stick & Sock Tape
There are two types of tape generally speaking. Sock tape and stick tape. Sock tape is used to tape socks to your shin guards/pads so they don’t twist around when you are skating or falling. Now days socks have evolved to be tight so you may not want to use sock tape. Stick tape is used to tape the handle of the stick and the blade. Taping the handle saves your gloves, use white tape there. Taping the blade creates more friction for passing and shooting and protects the blade from wear and tear. You can use white or black tape there. More on this later.