Coach Rich Mihelic will be on-ice for all sessions unless otherwise noted or due to personal emergency / injury. Skate with a coach that has trained multiple players that have won multiple Stanley Cups, backed by top NHL professionals in the world, and a person that is going to make your son/ daughter love the game of hockey even more! High energy environment where players will be motivated to succeed!
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Helmet should fit just above the eyebrows. Chin should fit comfortably into cup of facemask. Should not have any pressure points from pads. Adjustable even within sizes with screwdriver.
It is mandatory and they will not be allowed to play without it. Not only does it protect against injuries to the mouth and teeth, but it lessens the threat of head injuries such as concussions. Usually, they are too long and won’t fit all the way into the youngster’s mouth. Trim the ends with scissors until they can close their lips around it. Soften in boiling water and then have the child bite down and hold it for :30 seconds in their teeth. If it isn’t conforming, heat it for a while longer. Molding makes it easier for them to breath when inserted.
Throat or Neck Protector:
It is mandatory. And while it may seem like overkill now, they just need to get used to it.
Shoulders should fit directly into shoulder caps without adjustments or straps. When lifting arms, pads should not dig into the neck of the player as this may cause injury. Arm pads should extend to just above the elbow, slightly covering the elbow pad, to ensure full protection. Actually, the cheaper ones are better at this age – ones with little/no molded plastic – so as not to restrict motion.
With elbow in cup of pad, bottom should extend to top of glove cuff. Check that straps, be sure to not cut off circulation.
Try a pair out while gripping a stick. Fingers shouldn’t swim, but shouldn’t be snug either. Have your child drop their hands from their shoulders to their sides in a quick motion. The gloves shouldn’t fall off. Sliding down a little bit is okay.
Have your child pick one up off the ground several times and observe their hands - one will eventually consistently wind up on the bottom (closer to the blade). This is their dominant hand. You want a stick that curves away from this hand. Example: if their right hand is on the bottom, they are considered right-handed. When the blade is on the ground, it should curve toward their left side. Cut down the end of stick to the bottom of their nose in street shoes or at chin height when on tiptoes (to simulate skates). The front of the blade (the toe) should be on the ground and the stick vertical when you take this measurement.
Fit according to waist size; should not be tight. Bottom of leg should extend over shin guard by .5” or 1”, coming to the top of their kneecap when standing straight up.
If possible, put on their skates in order to get the proper length of the shin pad. The cap of the shin pad should be centered on the kneecap. The bottom of the pad should barely overlap the skate tongue. If the pad is too short, it leaves an unprotected area above the skate. If the pad is too long, it will prohibit their leg from flexing forward at the ankle and create discomfort for the player. Leg flexion is critical for proper skating form.
Garter & Supporters:
Jock shorts are great – well worth it in terms of time savings. They are more comfortable and have velcro garters which are much quicker than the regular hook and button. Sizing is according to waist size.
We will provide one at the first practice. If you aren’t at the first one, we will have them available at the second class as well.
This is the most important piece of equipment they have. With their foot all the way in and skates not tied, have your child kick their toe into the carpet (this slides their foot all the way forward inside the skate). You should not be able to fit more than 1 finger between their heal and the back of the boot. Again, if they are too big they won’t have enough ankle support to skate properly. Skates should be sharpened about every 10-15 hours of use. Usually run about 1 size smaller than their tennis shoe size. Tying should be tight at the toes, a little looser on the arch and looser still around the ankles. This will provide support but still allow the leg to flex forward into proper position