Keep your shoulders, shins, and elbows protected
Hockey pads have been a controversial issue lately, especially elbow and shoulder pads. They are made of extremely hard material and have been injuring players who have been on the receiving end of hits by them. It's important to realize these pads are for your protection only and must not be used in an aggressive manner by elbowing and shoulder checking opponents at head level. CCM, Bauer hockey equipment, Easton hockey equipment, Nike and Jofa are all popular brands of hockey pads.
Hockey Shoulder Pads
Hockey shoulder pads protect your collarbone, upper chest, back, upper arms, and shoulders. There is also extra lower-back protection as part of the pad or as an attachment. Some have removable rib and stomach guards. You should wear shoulder pads which provide the most protection for your needs. Remember pads are used for protection against hockey pucks, as well as bodily contact. You need sufficient padding to deliver and absorb shoulder checks and to protect yourself when going into the boards or hitting the ice. Prices range from about $25 for junior hockey shoulder pads to over $100 for senior shoulder pads.
Hockey Elbow Pads
Hockey elbow pads are essential to protect against bone bruises and fractured elbows. The pads cover the elbows and arms just above and below the elbows. Some cover the forearms and biceps. To make sure you have the right size elbow pads they should cover the area from just below the shoulder pad to just above the hockey glove; giving your whole arm maximum protection. Most hockey pads are now adjustable and are secured with Velcro straps. They range in price from $15 for junior elbow pads models to about $80 for senior elbow pads.
Hockey Shin Pads
Hockey Shin pads are needed to protect your legs from the puck and the opponent's stick. The pads should fit over your kneecap to just above your skates. Make sure you get the maximum protection for your style of game. If you are prone to blocking shots make sure you get a very well padded pair of shin pads. Some forwards prefer lighter hockey shin pads to allow them more flexibility and speed. Most models come with adjustable Velcro straps. They range in size from about 7 to 18 inches. They range in price from $25 for junior shin pads to over $100 for senior shin pads.