Hockey is a game of opinion, its philosophy, and the equipment that is used. Some people are great hockey players but cannot coach hockey. Few people are great coaches but were never great players. Few can do both, many can’t do either.
The point is, every person involved in hockey has his/her own opinion. There is no right or wrong, only opinion. Listen to what people have to say, but make your own opinion. Just because someone is a great hockey player that does not make them an equipment specialist. What works for one player may not work for another. Having experiences as a player does make some one’s opinion worth listening to. It is difficult to respect the opinion of someone who hasn’t actually played the game.
The intent of this lesson is to provide a ‘rule of thumb’ guideline regarding equipment choices with an emphasis on fit, safety and budget.
Coach McIntosh is the Head Hockey Instructor at Complete Hockey Player. He has coach a variety of levels and ages all over the world. By taking the 4 pillars of a hockey player he has created lessons to develop a players skills, athleticism, intangibles and their game knowledge.