In hockey, playing and winning is all about team work. The level of skill and experience are critical in determining the quality of performance on the pitch. In addition to all this, having the right equipment including sticks, helmets, chest pads, and leg pads can give you an upper hand while playing and protect you from injuries that are part of the game. The goalie is one person whose safety is critical. This is because with hard rubber pucks coming his way, there is need to suit up with the right and proper fitting equipment. Below are some of the basics goaltenders need to factor in before heading to the rink.
Goalie pads consist of two main types of clips which are metal and plastic. The plastic clips are much easier to open and close and are recommended for relatively younger players. Metal clips on the other hand tend to last longer, but are also slightly difficult to manipulate. One other component of leg pads that you need to closely determine is the size. Basically, goalie leg pads come in different sizes which range between 26 and 34 inches. In order to determine the right size for your leg pad, you should measure your leg from the top of your knee cap to your ankle. Thereafter, take another measurement from the middle of your knee cap to midway up your thigh. Adding these two measurements gives you the right leg pad size.
This is mainly for protection of your chest and heart area. Chest pads are mostly made of nylon which is wrapped around layers of harder padding or foam. Most chest protectors include bicep muscle floaters, a clavicle protector, foam or air-cushioned pad chest protector, and extended shoulder caps. The chest protectors also protect your back through a spine protector.
There are two main types of gloves used by goalies in hockey; blocker and catcher. The catcher gloves are worn on the non-stick hand and comprise an oversize catching area, a pre-curved palm, a molded one-piece thumb area, and finger areas. The blocker gloves on the other hand are worn on the hand that holds the stick and consist of synthetic or padded leather palm, and a wide blocker for deflecting shots. In size, gloves range from 9 inches all the way to 16 inches. In order to get the right size for your gloves; measure the distance from your fingertips to the end of your elbow pads.
Hockey helmets are made of a durable hard-shell plastic which is similar to that of a bicycle helmet. In addition, lots of helmets come with adjustable padding to give you a comfortable fit. Sizing of helmets is not difficult because most manufacturers indicate their own sizing metrics on the helmet and also you can adjust so that it doesn’t wiggle.
in addition to the above, you should also consider buying an appropriate goalie stick.