Ice hockey requires a lot of player equipment to protect players from injury. It also requires a playing surface made of ice, which may be hard to find depending on where you're located.
In this tutorial, we will learn about the equipment required to play the sport of ice hockey.
According to the rules of the game, players must be equipped with the following:
- Elbow Pads
- Mouth Guard
- Neck Guard
- Thigh Pads
- Shoulder Pads
- Hockey Stick
PRO TIP: In the NHL, players must wear a visor attached to their helmet in their rookie year if they have played fewer than twenty-five (25) career games. This rule was introduced in the 2013-14 NHL season. However, some players choose to wear visors throughout their career to protect their face.
The hockey puck is the 'game ball' in ice hockey. It's the only way a team can score points. It's usually made entirely of rubber.
Hockey sticks must be a certain size. The team captain can request a stick measurement be made if he feels that the opposing team is cheating. In the NHL, a player is fined for exceeding the dimensions of a hockey stick as prescribed in the rulebook.
It is not uncommon for hockey sticks to break during a game. If a stick breaks, a player must drop it onto the ice if he wishes to continue playing. He is allowed to get another stick from the player benches.
The game of ice hockey must be played on a playing-surface made of ice.
However, many variations of hockey have developed to be played on a variety of surfaces such as street hockey played on asphalt.