How Much Will a Kid’s Ice Hockey Equipment Cost?
If your child wants to play ice hockey this year, it may be good to consider it carefully. Ice hockey will help to get them out of the house and keep them active through the winter months, and it’s great exercise that strengthens the heart and lungs and all the muscles of their body. Playing any type of competitive sport can also encourage them to work hard and build a sense of teamwork.
Ice hockey may have one drawback and that’s the equipment that’s needed to play. Your child will need skates, a hockey stick, protective gear including gloves and a mask, a jersey, hockey pants, and a bag to carry everything. How much will all this cost you?
Costs will vary according to where you shop; you can typically get quite a bit of your equipment from used sporting goods stores to save money. However, you don’t want to save money by trying to use equipment from another sport for ice hockey or to forego any equipment they need. Hockey is not meant to be a contact sport but often competitors do get physical with one another, and players often fall or run into the walls during play. Ice is harder than cement, so proper protection for your child is needed; don’t forego any of this equipment just to cut costs.
The average cost in the U.S. for a good pair of child’s ice skates is between $40 and $130. You may need to replace them every year until they stop growing as skates must fit properly for your child to be able to skate properly. Shin pads are usually around $20 or $30, and socks that cover their shin guards may cost around $10. Shorts are around $20, and hockey pants may cost between $30 and $70. Shoulder pads are usually around $25 to $50, and elbow pads are around $25. Gloves may run between $30 and $50, and a helmet may cost around $40 or $50. A hockey jersey may be around $20 or more, and a stick may start at $20 and cost upwards of $100. A bag for carrying all these items may be anywhere from $30 to $50 or more.
These prices don’t include a mouth guard which may cost around $20 and a protective groin cup for the boys, which may run $15 or more. You may already have these if your son is active in other sports and they will work for hockey.
Your child’s coach may give you some ideas on where to purchase the equipment for much less money and may also have a list of other expenses, such as team fees. Be sure you understand all these costs before you decide that your son or daughter is ready for ice hockey.