The hockey helmet is the single most important piece of equipment that you can put on your child.
Mouthguards help prevent concussions, injuries to the teeth, mouth and tongue. Mouthguards should be worn at all times.
-Hockey sticks can have a left blade curve, right blade curve, or straight blade curve. Very young children will be best suited with a straight blade stick. Most youth sticks come with a minimal curve at most, but it is recommended to stay with the straight blade for beginners. Oftentimes young children haven’t even determined if they will play left or right-handed. A curve will only impair this decision. A curve offers no assistance to very young novice players regardless.
-Tape can help with puck control as well as extend the life of the blade. Overlap the tape such that the whole stick is covered, but is not too heavy. Some colors may be more preferential than others. Some players put tape residue on the shaft for increased grip.