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02-18-2013, 08:52 PM
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Originally Posted by JohnZ622 View Post
Hi all,

I've played street hockey for years and switched to ice recently and absolutely love it. The only annoying thing is the amount of equipment that has to be carried to every game.

I've played at a beginner's clinic games before and I found that I didn't fall at all and only took one weak wrist shot on the shin pad. Do you think it is necessary to wear full equipment for this situation?

Also at a shinny hockey game, I wore nothing except for gloves and helmets and had no problem. Although my knees hurt a little bit from falling twice (I'm 28 btw).

So when is it safe to play without shoulder pad & hockey pants? Those two pieces of equipment force me to use a large hockey bag as opposed to my normal gym bag.

I also found elbow pads to be pretty useless so far.

Of course you find them useless. You haven't been hit by a hard shot or a slash in an unprotected area yet.

I don't know how many times my equipment has saved me from certain death. Pretty much everything aside from my shoulder and elbow pads has taken a serious beating before.

Even if you decide to be a completely useless pylon on the ice, avoiding shot blocks, boards and any kind of contact, you're still bound to get hit by a stray puck or some doofus who can't skate or keep their stick grounded.

If you love hockey, which I'm sure anyone who has played do, the bulky equipment is a burden you put up with.

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