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Hockey helmet: selection rules

Choosing a hockey helmet is an important process that directly affects a player’s safety and comfort. Here are the basic rules and tips for choosing a hockey helmet.

Size and fit

Size Determination. Measure the circumference of the player’s head with a centimetre tape. The helmet should fit these dimensions, so use the manufacturers’ sizing charts for an accurate fit.

Adjustment. The helmet should be adjustable for a snug and comfortable fit. Adjustments may be in the form of straps or pads.

Protection and safety

Certification. Make sure the helmet has the necessary safety certifications such as CSA (Canada), HECC (USA) or CE (Europe).

Materials. The helmet should be made of durable and quality materials that provide reliable protection. The inner lining is often made of impact-absorbing foams.


Shell. The outer shell of the helmet should be tough and resistant to impact.

Lining. The inner lining should provide cushioning and comfort. It should fit snugly around the head but not cause discomfort.

Ventilation system. The presence of ventilation holes will help to avoid overheating and provide comfort during play.

Comfort and convenience

Adjustable straps. The chin strap should be easily adjustable and ensure that the helmet is securely fastened to the head.

Fit to the shape of the head. The helmet should be ergonomically shaped to fit the anatomy of the player’s head. Some models have additional adjustments for a more precise fit.

Visor or cage

Visor. Provides eye and face protection, but not as full as a cage. Suitable for older ages and professionals.

Cage. Provides full face protection, recommended for younger age groups and beginners. Pay attention to the quality and durability of the materials.

Compatibility with other equipment

Combination with other items of equipment. The helmet should fit well with collar, elbow pads and other equipment without causing discomfort or restricting movement.

Brand and budget

Brands. Focus on well-known and trusted brands such as Bauer, CCM, Warrior, which have a reputation for producing quality hockey equipment.

Budget. Determine your budget, but remember that skimping on safety is unacceptable. More expensive models often offer a better level of protection and comfort.

Trying on and testing

Trying on. Try on the helmet before you buy it to make sure it is comfortable and fits properly. The helmet should not wobble or press.

Testing in action. If possible, test the helmet in gameplay to evaluate its comfort and functionality.

Service life and replacement

Helmet Replacement. Regularly check the condition of the helmet for damage. Replace the helmet if cracks, warping, or wear and tear of the lining is found.

Shelf Life. Keep track of the shelf life of the helmet materials and the life expectancy specified by the manufacturer.

By following these rules, you will be able to choose a hockey helmet that will provide reliable protection and comfort during the game.