Beginner's Tips For How to choose and use the Hockey Goalie Pads?

Posted by Street Gear on April 7th, 2017

Size Matters:

The right size is very important to play comfortably and ensure the safety. We can classify the goalie pads into 4 sizes. There are,

1. Youthgoalie Leg Pad Sizing Chart

· Age Range:4 - 6

· Pad Size:22" - 24"

· Pad Width:8.5" - 9"

2. Juniorgoalie Leg Pad Sizing Chart

· Age Range: 6 - 10

· Pad Size: 25" - 30"

· Pad Width: 9.5" - 10"

3. Intermediategoalie Leg Pad Sizing Chart

· Age Range: 11 - 13

· Pad Size: 26" - 31"

· Pad Width: 10" - 10.75"

4. Seniorgoalie Leg Pad Sizing Chart

· Age Range: 14 - Adult

· Pad Size: 32" - 38"

· Pad Width: 11"

Note: the bigger the leg pad, the wider the pad is.

Choose your style:

You have to choose your style before taking the final decision to buy.Typically, the goaltender's preferred style would fall under either one of the below categories:

1. Hybrid OR Reaction style

2. Butterfly OR Blocking style.

Hybrid or Reaction:

Hybrid or Reaction is the best style if you want to achieve the below

· The goalie relies on quick,

· agile reaction saves,

· likes to have the ability to skate/move freely to make saves, prefers to catch,

· Cover or trap most shots to the body,

· Prefers pad rebounds that stay close to the pad upon impact.

For this style, the goalie has to prefer leg pads with:

· A softer feel – Denotes a pad stuffed with shredded and rigid foams to help deaden rebounds.

· A tapered boot or/and offset boot channel

· Breaks both below and above the knee

· Note: Sometimes Knee rolls

Butterfly or Blocking Style:

You can use the Butterfly or Blocking Style if you want to move less around the crease and rely on positioning; Instead of catch and control, the goalie attempts to deflect or block most pucks;to clear the pucksfar away from the front of the net, Goalie prefers that kind of pad rebounds.

For this style, the goalie has to prefer leg pads with:

· A harder feel – mostly pads stuffed with rigid foams. It helps to rebounds away from the net

· Pads with either no breaks at all or one break below the knee.

· Squared off boot section of pads.

· Flat faced fronts for more directional rebound control. Note: No knee rolls

The below listed items can help a goalie to play comfortably and safely:

1. Mask

2. Pants

3. Knee pads

4. Hockey Goalie Pads

5. Catching Glove

6. Skates

7. Jock

8. Undergarments

9. Dangler or Throat guard

10. Stick

11. Jersey

12. Blocker

13. Arm and Chest protector and

14. A Bag to keep all of the above items.

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