The most vital piece of hockey equipment
Skates are a vital piece of equipment and you need to get a pair that fit properly. You can still play ice hockey without most articles of equipment, though it's recommended you always protect yourself. However, if you're going down to the pond to play a game of shinny there are two items you can't do without…your hockey skates and your hockey stick.
Hockey skates are made of three basic parts, which are the interior boot, the exterior holder and the attachable blade.
Hockey Skates need to protect your feet as well as propel you around the ice. The inside of the skate is padded with various foams or gel materials. Stiff, hard outer boots will protect your feet better against pucks and sticks and will offer you better ankle support. Most skate boots are made with a combination of leather and synthetic materials for light weight, durability, performance and comfort. The combination of these materials depends on the quality and the cost of the skate. Hockey skate blades are made of stainless steel and have a concave, curved shape. Like other articles of equipment you need to buy skates which fit your style of play.
If you are a Goalie please ensure you get the correct Goalie skates there are minor differences. If you are buying skates for a youngster take into consideration they are still growing and probably don't need as much protection in their skates at the age of eight as teenagers or adults do. It's probably not too wise to buy a top of the line skate for a beginner. However, it is important that you get your youngster the proper hockey skate size as the wrong size will hamper their skating ability and may cause injury