Beginner: equipment advice
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08-27-2006, 08:32 PM
Join Date: Oct 2004
it's always awesome to see someone take up the sport. congratulations !!! it's the best sport in the world ! you're going to have a blast for the rest of your life !
going to a hockey or sports store is a great way to try on equipment and see what you like. i stress though, don't impulse buy. look around for sales at major department stores for the same equipment once you know what you want, you'll likely save quite a bit of money.
headgear is most important. make sure the helmet is certified, and it'll be fine. any bauer, ccm, etc. will have a sticker on it certifying it is fine.
unless the league has players firing slapshots at 100 mph, inexpensive but right-fitting equipment will be fine.
i highly suggest a mouthguard, it's cheap, you can form it to your teeth, and you'll save your choppers. even a crosscheck to a facemask can sometimes knock out a chicklet. a neckguard is very wise as well (pretty much mandated anyway).
have fun !
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