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Four types of hockey are played in North America:  ice hockey, rink hockey, field hockey, and in-line roller hockey.  Each type of hockey requires specialized equipment and protective gear.

ice hockey skates Ice hockey is played on a smooth ice skating rink that is 200 feet long by 85 feet wide (NHL rinks) or 100 feet wide (Olympic rinks).  Players wear ice hockey skates plus an array of protective gear including a helmet with a visor, a throat protector, and a protective cup, plus gloves, shoulder pads, elbow pads, knee pads, and shin pads.  They use their hockey sticks to maneuver a hard black rubber hockey puck around the rink, striving to shoot it into the opposing team's goal.  Each team's goaltender wears goaltender skates plus a helmet with mask, a throat protector, a chest pad, a protective cup, arm pads, and leg pads, plus a blocking pad for the stick hand and a catch glove for the free hand.

Ice Hockey Player Using a Hockey Stick to Shoot Hockey Pucks into a Hockey Goal

Rink hockey is played on a smooth, seamless roller skating rink that is between 36 to 44 meters long and 18 to 22 meters wide, constructed from wood, cement, asphalt, or plastic.  Players wear rink hockey skates, also known as quads, as well as gloves, knee pads, shin guards and elbow pads.  Using their hockey sticks, they try to maneuver a lightweight plastic ball into the opposing team's goal.  Each team's goaltender wears a helmet with face mask as well as padded gloves and leg pads.

inline hockey skates In-line roller hockey is played on a smooth, seamless rink between 40 to 61 meters long and 20 to 30 meters wide, constructed from wood, cement, asphalt, or plastic.  Players wear in-line roller hockey skates plus a helmet with face mask, a protective cup and gloves.  Many players also wear shin guards, elbow pads and protective pants.  Using their hockey sticks, players strive to shoot a hard rubber puck into the opposing team's goal.  In-line roller hockey rules are similar to ice hockey rules.

Field hockey is played on a rectangular grass field that is 91.4 meters long by 55 meters wide.  Players wear shin guards plus shoes with flexible plastic cleats.  They use their field hockey sticks to shoot a hard plastic ball into the opposing team's goal.  Each goalkeeper wears a helmet with face guard, a body protector, elbow pads, leg pads, and kicker boots plus a padded glove for the stick hand and a blocker glove for the free hand.  Field hockey rules and play action are similar to those for soccer.

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Hockey Gear Dealers

  • HockeyGiant.com
    Shop for ice hockey gear and Nexed inline hockey skates.  The Hockey Business Report has rated this store's service, selection, and prices favorably.  Featured listing.
    www.HockeyGiant.com

Hockey Gear Manufacturers

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  • Easton Hockey
    Manufactures ice hockey skates, sticks, gloves, protective gear, pants, bags, apparel, and accessories.
    www.EastonHockey.com
  • Sher-Wood Hockey
    Offers equipment for professional hockey players and goalies.
    www.Sher-WoodHockey.ca
  • Bauer Hockey Gear
    Offers ice hockey skates, helmets, gloves, and protection gear as well as hockey sticks, bags, and apparel.  This animated website features detailed illustrations of Bauer hockey gear plus a selection of themed downloads and resources.
    www.Bauer.com
  • Eagle Hockey
    This Canadian hockey equipment manufacturer offers a comprehensive line of hockey gear and accessories.
    www.EagleHockey.com
  • Reebok Hockey
    Manufacturer of hockey protective gear, sticks, accessories, and apparel.
    www.ReebokHockey.com
  • Mission Hockey
    North American firm features a broad range of ice hockey and roller hockey gear and accessories.
    www.MissionHockey.com

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