Ice Hockey Equipment to Play the GameVandornet February 5, 2019 0 COMMENTS
The sport of Ice hockey is more popular where it gets cold enough to freeze every thing. Canada, Norway, Switzerland are but a few examples of a cold climate that is conducive to this sport. The game is thought to have come about as a result of things done millions of years ago. Yale and John Hopkins are the home to the first professional contests in the sport of Ice hockey. This occurred in 1893.
Michigan is the home state to the very first professional hockey team. Through the years and the growing popularity in the warmer states, indoor ice hockey rinks have popped up.
Ice hockey can be a dangerous sport to play. The can puck can travel over speeds of 100 mph. The fierce checking can also test a player. Gear to protect the players has been used in the game.
Every player must and should wear a helmet, elbow pads, hockey gloves and elbow pads. The goalie wears these things with some of them designed specifically for that position. A Mask and extra padding is a must to stay free from being injured from a frozen disc of rubber.
If you do not wear this equipment, you most definitely will end up in an emergency room. You can not play ice hockey with skates. The good ones are made from leather. They also come in nylon, which players do not like. It makes it harder to make moves on skates.
The skates are made of a really thick leather. This provides the player protection of the shins from the not only the puck but also from the hockey sticks. You would not be able to skate on the ice without the metal blade attached to the bottom of the skates. Without the blades, you mine as well try playing the game in sneakers on the ice.
Ice hockey skates and figure skates are very similar. The blades on an ice hockey skate are more round to try to avoid cutting the other players. Lets move on to the ice hockey stick. This is another piece of equipment that is essential to playing the game. The stick consists of the shaft and the blade. You hold on to the shaft. The blade is what makes contact to the puck to either pass or shoot. The size of these will be different depending on the size of the player.
The pro players will have sticks made to their exact specifications.
The blade of the stick will have different degrees of a curve in it depending on the players preference. That curve will be pointing away from the player. This allows for passing and shooting. I would not even try to play the game without an ice hockey helmet. This will keep you from getting a concussion. Make sure it fits right. Your head should feel good inside an ice hockey helmet but not move.
A loose fitting helmet may come down and cover the eyes of the player. Some helmets also have visors. This visor will help protect the players eyes. Youth leagues and most adult leagues will require a visor to be worn.