Keep your head in the game
Today's hockey helmets are designed to protect players from the hazards of hockey. It's hard to believe players used to play the game without hockey helmets. With hockey pucks flying by at 100 mph, steel skate blades as sharp as razors, high sticks everywhere and thunderous bodychecks, it's a miracle there weren't more serious injuries.
It's important you wear a hockey helmet with sufficient padding to ward off injury. Experts recommend it be at least 5/8 in thick. Most helmets are made of a polycarbonate material, which is basically a lightweight plastic. Hockey helmets come in one and two-piece models with the two-piece version offering a more customized fit.
A hockey helmet should fit snugly to prevent any movement and to maximize protection. Make sure the chinstrap can be adjusted so it gently makes contact under the chin when fastened. If your chinstrap is not tight enough your helmet could come off during a collision and you may suffer a concussion.
Most hockey helmet models now protect the ears, as well as the head, and have vents built in it to keep you cool while playing. As with all your equipment make sure it is comfortable. Most helmets are adjustable, but the only way to make sure it fits properly is to try it on before buying.
Most leagues require you wear HECC certified helmets. All HECC certified helmets have a sticker indicating their certification. CCM, Bauer equipment, Jofa and Itech are some of the more popular brands on the market. If you need to adjust or replace anything on your hockey helmet, like chin straps, screws, clips and ear loops, they can be purchased separately.
Hockey helmet bags are also available. All helmets can be fitted with face protection. For more information on this equipment see hockey masks.