Ice hockey, the game's most common form, is played on an ice rink with six
players per team. Three are offensive, two are defensive, and one is the
goaltender. The equipment for each position is similar, with the goalie
being the only major exception. The goalies have specialized equipment to
protect against repeated punishment by the opposition's offense.
Sticks and pucks make up the basic equipment needs for any hockey match.
Mission, Bauer and Reebok are well-known names in the hockey stick
industry. Goalie sticks are broader, allowing for increased net
protection when fending off incoming goal attempts.
Every player wears a helmet, though not all require a face mask. The mask
is important, however, if you plan on protecting your face from incoming,
errant pucks. The rest of the pads and the gloves complete the protective
equipment package. Skates and a jersey are the final touches to a
complete ice hockey uniform.
Ice hockey isn't the only variant of the game, due in part to the lack of
ice rinks in some communities. Street hockey uses a ball instead of a
puck, as does field hockey. Field hockey sticks are also shaped
differently, featuring a shorter, more pronounced curve at the base.
Field and street hockey feature different safety gear, as well.
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