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Guide to Girls Hockey Gear and Pink Apparel

Updated on March 30, 2011
Photo: rocketjim54, Flickr
Photo: rocketjim54, Flickr

Girls play hockey too! If you've been frustrated trying to find gear and apparel for your hockey playing girl, look no further. From pink socks and tape to polka dotted sticks, you'll find it here!

Hockey Gear Quick List

  • Helmet with full face mask
  • Mouth guard - protects teeth and prevents concussions
  • Neck guard - guards against skate blades
  • Shoulder pads
  • Elbow pads
  • Gloves
  • Pelvic protector (Jill strap)
  • Hockey pants and garter
  • Shin pads
  • Skate socks
  • Hockey socks - worn over pads
  • Hockey skates
  • Stick
  • Tape

Girls Hockey FAQs

My daughter has never played hockey. Where do we start?

USA Hockey is the national youth hockey association in the US. It's a great source for finding a league in your local area. Enter your city and state and they can help you find the right contacts for your child. Also, check out your local ice rink.

My daughter can't skate. Can she play hockey?

Many youth hockey programs offer ‘Learn to Skate' clinics in conjunction with the sport. Beginner's hockey is designed to teach young skaters basic skills. You'll be surprised at how quickly she becomes comfortable on the ice with good instruction.

Can my daughter play on the boys' team?

If there's no separate girls league, then YES! Most youth teams are co-ed. You just can't tell in some parts of the country. Get out there and let your daughter declare her passion for hockey in PINK SOCKS!


Why do we tape the stick?

Taping the blade of your stick adds grip to help control the hockey puck and keep it from sliding off of the stick. Keep the tape flat and expect to re-tape often. Making a knob at the top of the handle can make it easier to hold onto. Tape comes in white as well as lots of fun colors, including PINK!

How long is the stick supposed to be?

Standing in sock feet, place the stick on the ground. Lean it so the handle touches the tip of your nose. Mark the stick, cut the handle and tape it. On skates, the stick should come up to her chin or just below it.

How do I know when my daughter's skates need sharpening?

The rule of thumb is to sharpen skates after 5 hours on pond ice or 7 hours on rink ice. Skates also get dull bouncing around unprotected in a hockey bag so it's a good idea to get plastic or cloth blade guards to protect them. If your daughter is falling more than usual, it may be time to sharpen.

How do I know if she needs a right or left stick?

To start, a straight stick is best. Just because your child is right handed doesn't necessarily mean she will shoot right. A straight stick helps players learn to stickhandle and shoot backhand shots. Once your daughter can shoot a wrist shot, she is ready to use a curved stick.

More Places to Buy Hockey Gear

Hockey Monkey

Bela Hockey


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    cindy 6 years ago

    Looking for something for hockey girls - PAYDIRT!

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    Esjes 7 years ago

    I don't care about pick gear for my daughters -- I can't find a youth-sized jill anywhere, and this article is no help at all.

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    Jess 7 years ago

    Just because a girl plays hockey doesn't mean she should wear pink. I have been playing hockey for years and never once had a piece of equipment that was weird. If you really want to help talk about special girls/womens equipment you should mention that there are special pants and shoulder pads and also jocks for us ladies. They are hard to find and you have to order them but as your daughter gets older the normal equipment doesn't always fit right. Especially in the chest area...this has always been my problem.

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    mproctor 8 years ago from Boston, MA

    Great article. More girls should play hockey in my opinion. We've even got a few girls (or should I say women?) who play regularly with my pick-up hockey group.

    I wrote an article discussing the need for pick-up hockey. You should check it out.

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    MM Del Rosario 9 years ago from NSW, Australia

    My daughter plays indoor hockey and I just find the uniform and the gears a bit expensive.