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05-24-2009, 11:21 PM
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Should I make the investment?

I just got used to roller blading while playing hockey. Now I want to hit the ice. The thing is I want to play goalie, and that will atleast run me $1,500. I just turned 19 and got my drivers license. Should I give up on wanting to play ice hockey for a few years and save up for a car.....or should i save for the pads now and worry about the car for next summer. I dont know anyone that i can borrow pads from. My parents let me use their car pretty much whenever....

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05-24-2009, 11:25 PM
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See if the rink you (want to) play at has loaner pads. Many do.

Failing that, a lot of goalies get rid of their old gear when they buy up. Even in this economy, if you're diligent you should be able to find something for a good price (I gave away my last pair of legpads for $0).

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05-25-2009, 01:33 AM
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To answer the main question: Cars are terrible investments, and if your parents are letting you use theirs anyways, why go out of your way to pay for a car and insurance? Get some goalie gear and have some fun.

Now, my first question: how certain are you that you want to play goal? If it's just curiosity, then find another goalie and ask if you can borrow their gear. Then go down to the rink for a drop-in session and try it out. Goaltending isn't for everyone, it's a pretty crazy position. Don't just play one game, try it out a few times to get a good feel for it, then make your decision.

If you are certain you want to play, and if you're in a decent sized city, there will be more than a few stores selling used gear. Check those out first; the prices might be a bit higher, but you get to compare lots of gear at the same time and make a better decision. If you've looked around, gotten familiar with the gear, but still haven't found anything you like, then check out Craigslist, eBay, and kijiji.

In the long-term, I recommend buying pro-level gear, since it's much more durable than senior-level gear and will pay out in the long run. But if you are looking to cut costs a bit in the short term, sticks, pads, blocker, trapper, pants, and chest/arm is where you should be doing it (in that order).

Where you shouldn't cut costs? Head, throat, skates, and groin. You can get a brand-new Itech 1400 mask for under $150. In the goalie community, however, these masks go by the nickname 'widowmakers'. They're notorious for giving goalies concussions where other masks would do just fine. Skip the Itech 1xxx / 2xxx lines (e.g. 1400 and 2500) altogether. There are a number of manufacturers who make affordable, protective entry-level masks. Eddy, Olie, Hackva come to mind.

Get protection for your throat as well. The Maltese Combo from http://www.maltesehockey.com provides protection from cuts and impact, and I haven't met a goalie who bought one and doesn't like it. If you don't go that route, then wear a dangler to protect from impact, and a neckguard to protect from cuts. Itech makes a good turtleneck-style compression shirt that has a thin, kevlar collar, which I prefer over bulky neckguards.

And, of course, get a good goalie jock. Don Simmons makes a great one, with an air bladder that prevents a lot of stingers. http://www.donsimmons.com/ice_hockey...rotective_cups

There's other goalies on the board and they'll probably chime in too. Hear us all out, then keep us in the loop when you're picking out your gear!

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No way equipment should cost you $1500 if you're just starting out.

Make sure you get a good quality helmet (Id go with Hackva) but the rest of your equipment should be used, and you don't need pro stuff. Go for normal senior quality.

Check Craigslist and check around the local arenas as there are almost always fliers up advertising sets of gear for sale.

If you look around you should be able to come in well under $1000.

Then if you decide to stick with goalie permanently you can save up and get some better gear.

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05-26-2009, 01:10 PM
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try the warehouse at HockeyWorld.com http://www.hockeyworld.com/whLogin.ihtml

you'll have to register but they have some really cheap but good leg pads.

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