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Equipment Required

If Itech, Bauer, or Jofa sound foreign to you, feel comforted by the fact that you are not alone. Now that your son or daughter wants to play hockey, these names will become as familiar to you as your pet's. Thousands of kids play hockey in Canada each year and all of their parents had to learn the art of clipping, taping and tying hockey equipment.

Your child may be envisioning the Stanley Cup but you are probably envisioning the dent in your check book. Outfitting your child for hockey does not have to be a huge! You may have no idea what equipment is needed or how to put it on. If you or your spouse have never played hockey, how would you even know where to start?

Let’s start with skates.
Do not buy larger size skates for youngsters to grow into as it may hinder their ability of learning to skate and could also hurt their feet and ankles.  Skate & shoe sizes fit differently.  Generally skates fit 1½ size larger than same size shoes. Remember to try on hockey skates with the type of sock the player will be wearing in them.

Some companies have beginner sets that include much of the equipment listed below. These sets can be an excellent way to start your shopping but check the quality and fit of the product. If your child is older or larger you may want to find more substantial gear available at any of the local sports stores. 


Many parents purchase second-hand equipment. In the RMHA all players & goalkeepers in all age classes must wear an internal mouthpiece, a csa approved helmet and a csa approved full face mask for all games and practices.

Listed below is a full equipment list for a young player. You can outfit your child with all of the equipment for abouit $300. Anyone could spend less or substantially more based on their brand preference and the quality of equipment.  Although most equipment is needed some players do not use every piece so note that Underlined items below are required to play in the RMHA.

  • CSA approved Helmet and full cage with a Chin Strap.
  • Jock / Jill (Cup protector)
  • Shin pads
  • Socks (NOT needed.. players wear Team Socks at Games & Practices)
  • Jersey (NOT needed.. players wear Team Sweater at Games & Practices)
  • Hockey pants .. Suspenders if needed
  • Shoulder pads (Basic pads has a pad that protects shoulders)
  • Elbow pads
  • Neck guard
  • Mouth guard
  • Skates
  • Gloves
  • Hockey stick
  • Sock tape
  • Stick tape
  • Hockey bag