Getting Started Part 3Updated Tuesday August 5, 2014 by Donald Choi.
Bauer, CCM and Easton skates normally fit 1 to 1 ½ sizes smaller than your shoe size. Mission skates fit ½ size smaller to about the same as your shoe size. Put on the socks you plan to skate with, put on the skate and push your toes all the way to the front of the skate. With a properly fitted skate, you should be able to slide one finger behind your heel. Next, sit down and kick your heel firmly into the back of the boot. Tighten the laces firmly through the first 2-3 eyelets so that the skate is snug near the toe. Lace the next 3-4 eyelets a little looser to give your arch room to flex. Tighten the laces firmly through the remaining eyelets to give strong support to your ankle. The eyelets should be 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart; if not, consider a narrower or wider skate, as appropriate.
For children, you can get 1/2 size bigger to accommodate growing feet - but, any bigger can cause blisters on feet and a breakdown of the sides of the boot.
To help break in your new skates, put them on and wear them around the house (with skate guards, of course!) for a few hours. This will help break them in and cause you less discomfort when you first use them. As an added benefit this will help strengthen your ankles which will help you skate better.
These will be needed for practice and possibly some games. Team socks are usually supplied with team shirts for our Mite and Tyke divisions, however the other divisions from Novice and up are required to supply their own socks.
You'll want your own practice jersey. This should be loose fitting and comfortable. Practice Jersey's do not have to be blank with nothing on it. Team Jerseys will be distributed to everyone and in most divisions must be returned at the end of the season.
You will want to get a bag big enough and durable enough to hold all equipment excluding the stick. Some bags will hold that for you too. A suggestion is to look for a bag with wheels to make it easier for your child, or you, to cart to and from your car.
You'll need a couple different kinds of hockey tape. You'll want to get stick tape and clear equipment tape. Stick tape comes in a variety of colors. A lot of players use the clear tape to wrap around their upper thigh and around their calves to help hold the socks up
All equipment must at all times be worn properly from the time the player leaves the dressing room to enter ice until the player returns to the dressing room. The player and the coach can be given a one (1) game suspension. Any player intentionally removing their equipment can be given a one (1) game suspension in addition to any other suspensions that may result.