Required Equipment

Updated Sunday January 27, 2019 by WCIHL.

Selection of hockey equipment is a key issue for players, parents and coaches. When purchasing and fitting hockey equipment, remember two important factors: 1) make certain the player is adequately protected and 2) be sure the fitting allows freedom of movement so the player can properly perform the necessary skills. By carefully considering these two factors, your child will be more comfortable and will have more fun playing hockey.

A complete set of hockey equipment can be purchased for a relatively reasonable cost. Shop around for the best values and remember that you don’t need to buy the most expensive equipment. Keep in mind the equipment must fit properly to provide the maximum protection.

The WCIHL also provides some rental equipment for an additional cost of $30 per season. The equipment is offered on a first-come first-service basis and is not guaranteed.

Mandatory protective equipment for players under the age of 18 (and 18 year-olds playing in the 18-and-under age division) include the following:

Inline Hockey Skates
Purchase inline hockey skates (not recreational skates) that will fit your child today with no more than ½” allowed for growth. Seek adequate protection in the ankle, toe and instep areas, improperly fitted skates will hamper your child’s ability to skate.

Hockey Stick
Length should generally extend from the ground to the players chin or nose (with skates on). Quality and price differ greatly, so the choice is yours.

Helmet with Facemask
An HECC approved hockey helmet with chin-straps properly fastened along with a full face mask with a chin pad is required. Must be sized to fit properly. The chin strap must always be fastened.

A mouthpiece is required for all youth players. Ask your coach about them. The league can often provide these free of charge.

Hockey Gloves
Check for proper fit with good finger and hand mobility. To determine the correct size glove, measure from your fingertips to the end of your elbow pad (e.g., if this distance measures 13.7", a 14" hockey glove is the proper size glove). If your fingers touch the end of the glove, it is too small. Correctly sized hockey gloves leave no part of the lower arm exposed—the cuff of the glove will extend to the bottom of the elbow pads.

Shin Guards
A proper fit enables the knee pad portion of the shin guard to sit directly in the center of the kneecap. The length of the shin guard should extend the entire length of the leg, touching the top of the skate.

Protective Cup
Essential for both boys and girls.

Shoulder Pads (not required but highly encouraged)
It's important that that they fit correctly in order to ensure proper protection of your collarbone, upper chest, back, upper arms and shoulders. To correctly size hockey shoulder pads, measure the circumference of your chest just below the armpits. All shoulder pads will have a corresponding size based on this chest measurement in the product description. The center of the shoulders should line up directly with the center of the shoulder caps to make sure the shoulder pads fit properly. Most shoulder pads also have adjustable straps in other areas of the pads; this adjustable sizing is acceptable as long as the shoulders and shoulder cups fit correctly.

Protective Girdle (not required but highly encouraged)
Provides protection for the lower spine, hips and thighs.

Inline Hockey Pants (not required but highly encouraged)
These are worn over the player's hockey girdle and shin guards. The purpose served by inline hockey pants is essentially the same as that of ice hockey socks which is to cover the pads worn on the shins and prevent scratches and/or cuts to the back of the leg.


If you have any additional questions regarding equipment, please contact us.