It is hard to describe the emotion that comes over you as a mom watching your little guy or gal get out on the ice for the first time.
All geared up, filled with excitement and ready to go play their first real hockey game.
I think this year Z felt more at ease because his dad was the team coach. He had only seen kids play hockey at his cousins games, and like me, didn’t truly know what to expect.
I didn’t know how much was involved or how competitive it could be and feel.
Z doesn’t always like to try new things. He is the type of kid that will say no to doing something, but when we put him in anyway, he ends up loving it. Like the first time it was his turn to play goalie for the week. I don’t know who was more nervous, him or me! He was afraid and unsure that he was able to do it let alone stand up in that super heavy equipment. But he did it! And he said it was so much better than he thought it would be, and to top it off the team won that game.
Playoff’s are here and the first season of hockey is about to end. It’s bittersweet really. It’s been so fun watching the boys and girls play, improving their skills, make new friends and just find a love for the sport.
So as the first year comes to an end, I’ll remember all of the good times we had every week on the ice and prepare for year two!
Which brings me to the point of this post…the preparation! Little did I know at the beginning of the season just how much was involved in getting these kids ready for the ice.
Not only the cost involved but the sheer amount of equipment needed and whether or not he would want to do it again.
So for all you moms and dads out there with kids who want to play hockey, I’ve put together a list to get you ready from head to toe for your season.
- Learning to Play
Because we weren’t sure if Z would actually want to do the sport, we first signed him up for a Learn to Play program once he knew how to skate. These courses are offered at a number of skating schools. After speaking with other moms and dads about their favourites, we chose a place called NTR. They have a few locations across the city and the coaches are exceptional.
2. Where to buy:
We were lucky enough to get some equipment handed down to us from family which helped save us some money. But for other items that we needed there are a variety of different stores you can choose from. There are sport stores like National Sports, Pro Hockey Life and Sportchek that you can find all you need at a regular price. These stores will also help size your child so you know you are getting the right product and the right fit.
However, if you are unsure if your son or daughter will want to continue year after year, there are other cost saving stores like Play It Again Sports that offer used product in great condition that won’t break the bank.
- Hockey Gloves
- Shoulder Pads
- Shin Guards
- Elbow Pads
- Hockey Pants
- Neck Guard
- Mouth Guard
- Hockey Stick
- Skates (and guards)
- Hockey Bag
Then of course there’s the apparel…
- Hockey Socks (as extras if needed- your team will provide)
- Jerseys (as extra if needed – your team will provide)
- Jock pants/shorts
- Cold gear long sleeve tops and pants – a great brand for the clothing is Under Armour
And finally, one last item:
- Hockey Tape
Long list right?! I couldn’t believe what went into it and talk about the time it takes to put it all on!!
One season might be coming to and end, but the next one is just 5 months away. So get ready, grab the list and head out to a store near you to get the best deals in the off season.
Good luck and if you hear any yelling from the stands, don’t worry, its just me 😉
*This is not a sponsored post