What To Wear To Hockey Practice? [Updated!]

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Hockey is one of the most popular sports in Canada and around the world. Played mostly in the winter, hockey requires a lot of equipment and a lot of energy. This year, like every other year, you’ll have to choose what gear to take to the rink with you. There are some essentials and some nice-to-haves that you’ll need to consider before heading out to practice.

Winter Wear

Just like any other winter sport, hockey requires proper winter wear. Fortunately for you, there is a wide selection of gear to choose from. You’ll need to decide between buying new or adapting from existing equipment to fit your needs. There are three things you should keep in mind when selecting your winter wear:

Fully waterproof and windproof jacket

The first and most important thing to consider is your jacket. You’ll need a fully waterproof and windproof one that fully covers your shirt and has a hood. If you plan on getting wet or cold, your jacket is the most important piece of gear you’ll need for the game. When choosing your jacket, take your head and your hands into consideration. A hood, which you can pull up in case of a sudden downpour or strong wind, will keep the water from running down your neck or being blown in your face when you’re not looking for it. The better the fit, the less water will run down your jacket’s front instead of being trapped inside. If you have a long or narrow nose, you can also pull the lining over it for an extra layer of warmth.

Matching pants and hooded-socks

The next thing to consider is your pants and your socks. Your pants should be a loose fitting pant that covers your rear and keeps you cool when you’re on the move. Thicker materials such as leather or synthetic materials can also be worn over pants for added protection. When choosing your pants, also take your head and your hands into consideration. Your hands will be the most at risk of getting cold so you have to choose your hands’ protection carefully as well. Your hooded-socks should be tight fitting, and they should cover your ankles. If you have big feet or a long foot and you want to keep it cool, you can wear thin socks with your sneakers instead of normal socks.


Last but not least, we have your gloves. When choosing your gloves, you need to take your head and your hands into account as well as the weather conditions in your area. Your head will be the most at risk of getting frostbite so you have to protect it properly. You can choose between leather or synthetic materials to make your hands warmer. If you have small hands or no hands, you can also choose to have long or short fingers depending on how you want to play the game.

Once you have the basics covered, you can start adding some warmth to your body by layering up. For instance, you can have a fleece pullover underneath your jacket to keep you warm. Of course, your hat, gloves, and scarf will keep you cozy on the outside while providing you with better vision and dexterity on the inside.

Practice Equipment

While you’re at it, you might as well get a hockey bag to carry all your gear in. The bag should be big enough to hold all your equipment comfortably and have room for your stuff. When choosing your equipment bag, you need to keep in mind what type of hockey you play. There are three major forms of hockey in Canada:

Jumping into action

If you’re a defenseman and you lead the pack in defending against the opposing team’s skaters, you’ll need a heavy bag. You’ll also need to consider the material the bag is made of since you’ll be carrying it frequently. The thicker the material, the greater the insulation and the warmer you’ll stay even when moving. Some good options are:

Solid plastic hockey bag

A solid plastic hockey bag is perfect if you play at an indoor rink since it’s totally waterproof and has a high degree of windproofness. The structure of the bag is also very stable so you don’t need to worry about losing your equipment if the bag falls over during a play. Of course, the material the bag is made of is also very important because it will affect the temperature you’re exposed to. If you have large feet or a long foot and you want to keep it cool, you can choose a heat-resistant bag.

Glacial ice hockey

If you play on a pond or lake that freezes over in the winter, you’ll need a bag designed for the cold. Fortunately for you, there are also a lot of options when it comes to these types of bags. Made of soft, pliable materials, glacial ice hockey bags will mold to your body shape and allow you to move freely without any stress on your joints. Some good glacial-ice hockey bags are:

Fully lined plastic hockey bag

If you have a long foot and you want to keep it warm, you can choose a fully lined plastic hockey bag. The lining will trap heat inside while preventing you from getting cold. Some good options for this type of bag are:

Fully padded hockey bag

A fully padded hockey bag will provide the best of both worlds, offering you the protection and warmth of a solid plastic bag along with the additional insulation and stability of a cloth-padded version. The extra thickness and density of the material will keep you warm even when moving around a lot. Some good options for a fully padded hockey bag are:

Hockey helmet

The hardest part of playing hockey is not the physicality involved but rather the helmet. Wearing a hockey helmet will keep the hair under control and will prevent you from getting a head cold in the winter. When choosing your helmet, you have to look at the shape of your head since it will affect the fit. If you have a wide or square head, you can get a classic metal helmet or a plastic one with a snap-on shield. If you have a narrower head and you want to protect it, you can choose a full-shielded plastic helmet.

Now that you have your basic gear, you can start adding the accessories that make the game more enjoyable. For instance, you can have wrist straps with buckles so you can adjust the weight of the bag as you see fit or have a water-repellent coating on its back for better friction against the ice. If you play in wet or snowy conditions, you can also choose to have an inner liner made of Gore-Tex to keep your equipment dry and clean.

The better the fit, the less water will run down your jacket’s front instead of being trapped inside. If you have a long or narrow nose, you can also pull the lining over it for an extra layer of warmth.

Good luck out there! We hope we were able to help you with this article about what to wear to hockey practice. Be sure to check out the links provided in case there was something new that came up since the article was published. Also, remember to practice safe hockey and always keep your helmet on the ice.

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