I’ve upgraded most of my equipment because of injuries, cracked blade holder and my wife’s insistence.
Below are photos showing my old equipment (left side) and the brand/model number of my new equipment (right side).
For maximum protection of your head and face, I recommend getting a good helmet with a cage (what I have) or with a full facemask/shield.
In the United States, hockey helmets are certified for 6 ½ years by the Hockey Equipment Certification Council (HECC).
– My new helmet is good until October 2023.
TIP: Take a picture of your helmet’s certified sticker or write down the expiration date, while it’s still legible.
Helmet: Bauer IMS 11.0
Cage (facemask): Bauer Profile III
– My old Cooper helmet was a two-piece design. When you take a hard hit (like I did), the two pieces will move from one another and change how the helmet protects you.
– My new Bauer helmet is a one-piece design, so it protects better.
NOTE: Since I’ve been playing non-checking hockey for decades, I never thought I needed a quality helmet. After my concussion, the helmet is my most important piece of equipment.
IMPORTANT: Also wear a Mouth Guard. My dentist said the cage will protect you from a direct hit (puck, stick, etc.). However, if you fall or hit the boards/another player, your teeth will chomp together. A mouth guard can help protect your teeth from chipping/breaking and also lessen the chance of a jaw injury.
Inside protection of my old white Cooper helmet and new black Bauer helmet (much better)
Shoulder Pads: Easton Synergy 60
Shin Guards: CCM Tacks 2052
Pants: CCM Tacks 5092
Old Skates: Bauer Supreme Custom 4000 (Perani’s Hockey World wanted $120 to repair a cracked blade holder and it was going to take 3-5 days. The skates were 25 years old, so I decided to get new ones).
New Skates: Bauer Supreme S180
Equipment has changed a lot since we were young. Is it time to upgrade?
I learned the hard way that wearing old equipment is hazardous to my health.
You’ll have to decide for yourself if it’s worth the money for you to invest in new/newer equipment.
For details on why I’ve upgraded most of my equipment, prices I paid and shopping tips,
listen to podcast episode 3: Buying Hockey Equipment
Have fun playing the greatest game on earth!
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