Hockey can be a dangerous sport for players of any age if they are not properly protected. Safety hazards can come from collisions with other players, falling on the ice or being hit with the puck at high speeds. It is important young players know what safety gear they need for a hockey game.
On a basic level, every hockey player needs a helmet to protect themselves from head injuries. Beyond that item, there are several types of pads and guards that must be worn. Chest pads and elbow pads protect from bruising and fractures. Hockey pants feature built in pads to protect the hips, thighs and tailbone. Shin guards, mouth guards and neck guards are required to prevent spinal injuries, jaw fractures and knee injuries. Hockey gloves are necessary to protect the hands.
Goalies have their own special set of protective gear. A goalie wears a goalie mask to withstand impacts from pucks at high speeds. Goal pads and goal pants offer thicker layers than typical hockey pants to soften direct blows from a puck. Chest and arm protectors function similarly in offering extra upper body protection.
Beyond these items, goalies have extra protection for their hands since catching pucks is one of their main duties. A blocker covers the hand holding onto the stick and features a rectangular pad on back to deflect shots. A catch glove covers the other hand and is used to gather a puck off the ice or catch it out of the air.