When regular hockey players learn about the sport they’re playing, a lot of the time the focus remains on the traditional offensive and defensive roles of traditional hockey players. Oftentimes, it might seem as though the goaltender is forgotten completely when discussing game strategy. If you happen to be a goalie then, it might be a little more challenging to find information about the right kind of equipment to purchase for your specific situation. A hockey goaltender performs a very important role on their team though. Without a goalie, the net is left open, subject to smartly aimed shots by the opposing team. It stands to reason then that the goalie has an incredibly important job. Their equipment deserves an equally close discussion to ensure proper fit and comfort.
Goalie catchers are somewhat self-explanatory. Much like a baseball catcher’s mitt, the goaltender’s catcher is there to snatch up airborne pucks and prevent them from going into the net and allowing the other team to score. Ideally, a goaltender will catch the puck in the pocket of the catcher, which is the part between the thumb and index finger that’s made specifically for such a purpose.
Goaltender catchers come in a variety of different styles and colors. You can also choose to purchase your favorite brand from a well-known manufacturer like Reebok, Vaughn, Bauer, Brian’s, Sher-Wood or TPS Hockey. Generally, you should choose a glove that fits comfortably but a little loosely. A goalie’s arm pads should fit into the cuff of the glove with ease and be able to move without much difficulty. They will consequently give the catcher’s wearer both comfort and adequate protection.
You can purchase goalie gloves in senior, intermediate, junior and youth sizes. These sizes refer to a hockey player’s age, generally speaking. Of course, this entirely depends on whether you or your child has a typical size of hands for their age group. If the hands are smaller, drop down a size from the suggested age group. If larger, take note and consider moving up a size group. It’s really as simple as that. If you find you have a problem after purchase, Players Bench has a great return policy as well that should help alleviate any worries. Hockey is a big investment, but it’s a worthwhile one. If you or your child loves the sport, that’s what makes all the difference in the end.