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How to save money on hockey equipment

Ideas to hit the ice without breaking the bank.

By ATB Financial 21 January 2023 2 min read

If you’re a hockey parent of growing children, you understand how costly equipment can be. You can spend hundreds of dollars on gear. And as your kid grows, sometimes that equipment only lasts one season.

We’ve gathered a few tips and tricks to help you stick to your budget when purchasing equipment:


1. Look for hand-me-downs

There’s nothing wrong with hand-me-downs! Ask friends with older children if they have hockey equipment they no longer need. Young players typically are easy on their equipment, so second-hand gear will usually be in good shape. Looking for hand-me-downs is a great place to start.

If there are no hockey families in your circle, check out used sports stores or swap boards. Sometimes they will take your gently used gear for a credit towards new-to-you equipment that’s a size up. Your minor hockey association should have details about sites in your area.


2. Buy kits from the bigger hockey stores.

Is this your child’s first season? Consider buying a complete kit from a big hockey store. Kits will include everything a young player needs except a helmet and skates. Then you’ll know what to keep an eye out for in seasons to come.


3. Search online marketplaces

Online classifieds, like Facebook Marketplace, Buy and Sell groups, and Kijiji, are like online garage sales. You can find great bargains, but be aware of scammers. For example, only send money to the seller after seeing or picking up the gear! 


4. Visit online equipment sites.

Online sports equipment websites can save money, but ordering the correct size can be tricky. Read sizing charts and information carefully, as returning equipment purchased online can be a hassle and takes time!  You don’t want to be waiting for skates to arrive back in the mail when practice starts!


Remember, safety comes first!

While price is important, safety should be your top priority when purchasing hockey equipment. 

Keep these safety precautions in mind when you're shopping:

Avoid buying a used helmet. You don’t know if a previous owner damaged it during play. But if you must, ensure it has a CSA sticker and is under six years old.

Ensure everything fits properly. Sure, kids will grow into it, but a too-big helmet or loose skates are dangerous on the ice.

Remember mouthguards! They protect young teeth and help prevent concussions. You can buy one at a sports store, order online, or get your child fitted at the family dentist.

Get a list of the required equipment from your local hockey association. That way, you won’t buy equipment your child doesn’t need. For example, young players probably don't need top-of-the-line wheelie bags or graphite sticks.

Following these shopping and budgeting tips can help your little hockey player take to the ice without breaking the bank.​

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