Ice hockey is one of the most popular sports played in the US. It is the most challenging of sports to learn since players have to learn to skate on ice. Learning the fundamentals of ice skating, i.e. skating forward, stopping, and turning in both directions will help learn how to play ice hockey.
Ice hockey is a rough game. Players will take a number of falls and bumps on hard ice during a match. Normally, this would cause a lot of injuries, broken bones, sprained muscles, etc. However, with the right kind and quality of Ice Hockey Equipment, injuries can be controlled largely. Ice Hockey
General equipment consists of the Ice Hockey Sticks. Originally made from wood and metals, hockey sticks of today are made of carbon fiber and graphite to ensure flexibility and long lasting quality. They are available in several sizes and shapes and the shaft and blade can be purchased according to the player’s choice.
Gloves are usually of two types: blocking glove for puck deflection and catching glove worn by the goal tender to catch the incoming puck. Gloves provide protection for the hands from injuries due to fall on ice and pucks. They provide extra support to the thumb to prevent it from bending backwards or twisting during the game. They allow better grip on the hockey stick.
Helmet is protection for the head and face from fatal injuries due to slipping and falling. Helmets come with a cage or visor and mouth guard which protect the face and mouth from the flying impacts of the puck.
Neck Guards are protection for the neck and throat from the impacts of flying puck, and hockey sticks and skates during a fall. Shoulder Pads protect the torso and spine and Elbow Pads protect the forearm and triceps from injuries due to collisions or fall and flying puck.
The knee is one of the most vulnerable parts of the body. Protecting the knee is crucial to a player since a knee injury can literally terminate a player’s career prematurely. Knee Caps and Shin Guards are essential items of Ice Hockey Equipment.
Without a good pair of Ice Skates, ice hockey cannot be played. Players wear skates with less curved blade to facilitate better leg movement. Goaltenders wear skates designed to help them move sideways. The skates are nearer to the ground and have better balance.