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Goalie Protective Gear

The uniform consist of a jersey, that displays the team name, logo and color.  The player's last name and number are listed on the back.

Goalies wear the same uniform as the other players but their equipment is specialized for stopping shots.  Helmet with a face guard, throat protector, chest protector, catching glove (trapper) and blocker, shoulder and arm pads, knee pads, belly pads. athletic support, goalie pants. 

Goalie pads are designed for blocking shots, and protecting the front and side of the goalkeepers legs.  They should always be fitted with the goaltenders skates on and if properly fitted should extend from the toe of the skate to about 4" above the knee.  They should be dried and stored in an upright position.

Athletic Support

Goal-keepers should wear the specially designed cup because of the extra padding and protection it provides.

Throat Protector

Should protect throat area and fit snugly.  It is extremely important for the goalkeeper because it will  guard against direct shots, as well as lacerations from his helmet.   There are three different types of throat protection that can be used they are a hanging shield, hinge shield or collar. The hanging shield is attached to the bottom of the face mask. The hinge shield attaches to the helmet and the collar is worn around the neck.  Throat protectors vary in cost, from $20 to $75, depending on the degree of protection they provide.
Leg and Knee Pads





Ice hockey goalies have leg pads that are heavily padded for complete calf and shin protection. In addition, they wear kneepads and ankle pads. The kneecap should be in the middle of the knee roll. Extra kneepads can be worn under the goal pads for additional protection. Most leg pads are closed at the feet to provide protection for toes and soles. Approximate cost is $300 to $350 per pair.

Goalie Pants

They must completely protect the front and side of the thigh, tail bone, hip and kidney areas. Goalie pants have several additional protective pieces, and the padding is heavier then what is found in normal pants. Pants must be loose enough to fit the belly pad inside.

Shoulder, Arm, and Chest Protector

A chest protector needs to be lightweight to allow unrestricted movement for the goalie but must be super tough. They should be thought of like a bullet-proof vest! A goalie needs every inch of his body protected.  This upper body protection should extend down the arms to the wrist.  Many goalkeepers add additional padding to their arms and the front of their shoulders for further protection. A chest protectors can range from $100 to $200.

Trapper and Blocker

The trapper or catch glove is used to stop the puck. It has to be  heavily padded and should overlap the protection of the arm pad. It must however provide complete freedom of  the wrist.

The blocker is used to block the puck from entering the net and should be pliable for easy gripping of the stick  but totally padded for protection. It should overlap the arm pad so that everything is protected. Both should fit to the hand size of the player.

Approximate cost of a trapper is about $125 and a good  blocker will costs around $45.


Helmet and Face Mask

There are a variety of helmets designed for ice hockey goalies. It is important that the helmet be lightweight, shock-resistant, have a foam cushion lining for comfort, and excellent peripheral vision and sight lines. Generally they come in Large, Medium or Small however some manufacturers will have a Senior or Junior size.  The wire face mask must be made of specialized, unbreakable chrome steel. Goalie Helmets will run between $200 and $250.

Goalie skates

Goalie skates are not a required but are highly recommended especially if your child is playing at midget or higher level.  A heavy impact from a puck at the right part of the skate can bend the blade if regular skates are worn. Goalie skates are faster moving and provide  forward and backward as well as sideway movement. Goalie skates may cost up to $350.

Goalie sticks

Goalie sticks are similar to those used by other ice hockey players, with hardwood shafts covered in fiberglass and broad blades however about halfway down the stick's shaft it widens to a maximum of 3.5 inches. The goalie normally holds the stick with one hand just above the widened portion so the stick is in front of them on the ice. Also, the blade of the goalie's stick can be taller and longer than a normal skater's stick.  The stick purchased will be determined by the level of the goalie.  Some sticks are ideal for the entry level to intermediate player while others are for high level goalies. The approximate cost is about $30 and $120.