ICE HOCKEY GOALIE
Goalie Protective Gear
The uniform consist of a jersey,
that displays the team name, logo and color. The player's last
name and number are listed on the back.
Goalies wear the same uniform as
the other players but their equipment is specialized for stopping shots. Helmet with a face guard, throat
protector, chest protector, catching glove (trapper) and blocker,
shoulder and arm
pads, knee pads, belly pads. athletic support, goalie pants.
Goalie pads are designed for
blocking shots, and protecting the front and side of the goalkeepers
legs. They should
always be fitted with the goaltenders skates on and if properly fitted
should extend from the toe of the skate to about 4" above the knee.
They should be dried and stored in an upright position.
| Goal-keepers should wear
the specially designed cup because of the extra padding and
protection it provides.
Should protect throat area and fit snugly. It is extremely
important for the goalkeeper because it will
against direct shots, as well as lacerations from his helmet.
three different types of throat protection that can be used they are a
hanging shield, hinge shield or collar. The hanging shield is attached
to the bottom of the face mask. The hinge shield attaches to the helmet
and the collar is worn around the neck. Throat protectors vary in
cost, from $20 to $75, depending on the degree of protection they
Leg and Knee Pads
| Ice hockey goalies have
leg pads that are heavily padded for complete calf and shin
In addition, they wear kneepads and
ankle pads. The kneecap should be in the middle of the knee roll. Extra
kneepads can be worn under the goal pads for additional protection. Most
leg pads are closed at the feet to provide protection for toes and
soles. Approximate cost is $300 to $350 per pair.
They must completely protect the front and side of the thigh,
tail bone, hip and kidney areas. Goalie pants have several
additional protective pieces, and the padding is heavier then
what is found in normal pants. Pants must be loose enough to fit
the belly pad inside.
Shoulder, Arm, and Chest Protector
|A chest protector needs to
be lightweight to allow unrestricted movement for the goalie but must be super tough. They should be thought of like a
bullet-proof vest! A goalie needs every inch of his body protected. This
upper body protection should extend down the arms to the wrist.
Many goalkeepers add additional padding to their arms and the front of
their shoulders for further protection. A chest protectors can range
from $100 to $200.
Trapper and Blocker
| The trapper or catch
glove is used to stop the puck. It has to be heavily
padded and should overlap the protection of the arm pad. It must
however provide complete freedom of the wrist.
is used to block the puck from entering the net and should be
pliable for easy gripping of the stick but totally padded for
protection. It should overlap the arm pad so that everything is
Both should fit to the hand size of the player.
Approximate cost of a trapper is
about $125 and a good blocker will costs around $45.
Helmet and Face Mask
There are a variety of helmets designed for ice hockey goalies.
It is important that the helmet be
lightweight, shock-resistant, have a foam cushion lining for comfort,
and excellent peripheral vision and sight lines. Generally they come in Large, Medium or Small
however some manufacturers will have a Senior or Junior size.
wire face mask must be made of specialized, unbreakable chrome steel.
Goalie Helmets will run between $200 and $250.
Goalie skates are not a required but are highly recommended
especially if your child is playing at midget or higher level.
A heavy impact from a puck at the right part of the skate can
bend the blade if regular skates are worn.
Goalie skates are faster moving and
provide forward and backward as well as sideway movement. Goalie
skates may cost up to $350.
Goalie sticks are similar to those used by other ice hockey
players, with hardwood shafts covered in fiberglass and broad
blades however about halfway down the stick's shaft it widens to
a maximum of 3.5 inches. The goalie normally holds the stick
with one hand just above the widened portion so the stick is in
front of them on the ice. Also, the blade of the goalie's stick
can be taller and longer than a normal skater's stick. The
stick purchased will be determined by the level of the goalie.
Some sticks are ideal for the entry level to intermediate player
while others are for high level goalies. The approximate cost is
about $30 and $120.