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The guides posted here will help  parents and players select appropriate protective equipment before stepping on the ice and while learning how to take care of it to make it last.  

ALL OF OUR HOCKEY PROGRAMS REQUIRE FULL EQUIPMENT


KVHA FREE RENTAL HOCKEY EQUIPMENT

KVHA has rental hockey equipment  in two sizes: 
  •  junior size for ages 4-6
  • youth size for ages 6-8

Each set includes a bag, hockey pants, chest protector/shoulder pads, elbow pads, shin pads and gloves.    Some sets include a helmet but it depends on the size your child needs as only XS and S helmets are available.  As well, we are limited in our supply of helmets so you may not be able to rent a helmet with your equipment, especially in seasons with a high demend for rental equipment.    All players require a hockey helmet with a full cage or bubble shield.

You must provide your own hockey skates (figure skates are not allowed), a stick,  mouth guard, neck guard, hockey socks, and a sports cup.  

You must sign an agreement and provide a valid credit card number to guarantee the equipment will be returned. If the equipment is not returned, you will be charged $100 for it's replacement. Paperwork for this will be provided when picking up the equipment.  Typically pick up will take place before the start of the season.

NEW OR SECOND HAND EQUIPMENT?

Whether purchasing new or used hockey gear,  the most important aspect to consider is that the equipment is properly fitted. When equipment is not suitably fitted, the player is exposed to injury.  
 
Borrowed or second hand equipment is a great way to get started but before heading out on the ice,  please make sure everything is in game-ready shape.  Check helmets for missing screws and ensure the cage/shield is fully attached.   Ensure all padding is intact and that all buckles, snaps and velcro are in good condition.  Used skates should be taken to a proshop for a fresh sharpen and inspection as well. 
 

And remember, when your equipment is outgrown, pass it on, whether to a relative or friend who is learning to play, or donate it back to an association to give other kids a chance to use it.

Hockey skates vs figure skates? 

All of our hockey programs require hockey skates because figure skates are unsafe for both the wearer and other players in a hockey setting.  The figure skate lacks the protection against cuts or shots, and the extension on the blade to the rear of the back stanchion could impail a falling player or coach.  Kids who start out on figure skates, then transition to hockey skates, can find it a little difficult at first, especially if they relied on the toe pick for balance, stopping, and acceleration, but a few  practices with the hockey skates should do it!   

Write the name of your child on a piece of hockey tape and place it on the front top of their helmet. This will help the coaches learn your child's name and get to know each of them during their sessions on the ice.

HOCKEY STICKS

We do have sticks to loan but the majority of them have a flat blade so they are not right or left handed.   If your child has no tendencies to either side, we are happy to provide a stick. 
 

We recommend that you purchase your child's first stick and make a big deal of it.   There are a lot of fun colors and the kids can get what they want and it helps them get more excited about playing hockey.   

HELMET EXPIRATION DATES

According to information from HECC (Hockey Equipment Certification Council ), certified protective equipment is required in any USA Hockey sanctioned league or event. 

Certified-safe hockey helmets have an expiration date, as do hockey visors and cages.  The HECC certification is good for 6 ½ years—that's how long accredited testing has shown hockey helmets provide the expected protection for players.

GOALIE EQUIPMENT

For players seeking to play as a goaltender, we can help!   

We have several sizes of goalie pads and chest protectors that prospective goalies can borrow.   This helps cut down on the expenses involved with playing goalie. 

Our Mini Mite and Mite programs use this equipment and all players rotate and play as a goalie.  This gives more kids at the younger ages the exposure and we hope to recruit more goalies by offering this program.

 

MOUTHGUARDS

All players, including goalkeepers, in the 12 & under (Youth and Girls’) through Youth 18 & under (including High School) and Girls’ 19 & under age classifications are required to wear a colored (non-clear) internal mouthpiece that covers all the remaining teeth of one jaw, customarily the upper. It is strongly recommended, in all classifications, that all players wear a mouthpiece form fitted by a dentist.