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Equipment Checklist

Proper equipment will ensure your child gets the best chance to succeed in our programs. Improperly fitting skates or helmets can be uncomfortable and obstructive to their learning and success. 


  • CSA Approved hockey helmets with a full face shield or cage are mandatory for skaters in the Pre-School classes. Helmets must meet safety standards set by the Canadian Standards Association and bear the CSA sticker. Helmets should fit snugly and cover the forehead.
  • Skates
    • Hockey skates are recommended for early beginners as they teach skaters to push to the side to stride instead of relying on their toe pick
    • Figure skates - we recommend without the toe pick
    • NO bob skates (skates that strap to a boot)
  • Water proof gloves.
  • Snowsuits are allowed but not expected. They can hinder movement so clothes that keep them dry but also allow movement is suggested. Consider light weight waterproof shells wearing layers of clothing underneath.

Hockey Buddies

  • Full hockey equipment is required for skaters in the Hockey Buddies program: 
    • hockey skates
    • mouth guard, neck guard, shoulder pads, shin and elbow pads
    • CSA approved helmet and full face mask
    • stick, gloves, hockey pants, any colour hockey jersey, hockey socks, water bottle (labelled with child's name)
  • We do not provide jerseys.

Power Skating

  • Hockey equipment is not required in this class. Please wear comfortable athletic wear. 
  • Helmets are mandatory with or without face cages/shields. Helmets should meet safety standards set by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and bear the CSA approval sticker.
  • Hockey gloves are permitted but not recommended. 
  • Knee pads are recommended.

Learn to Skate/Figure Skating

Skate Sharpening

  • Skates should be sharpened when purchased and after approximately every 10 hours of skating. Sharpen skates more often if they have been used on outdoor ice.
  • Take care to ensure the bottom toe pick is NOT removed by the sharpener. It is part of the design of figure skates and it is used for performance of some skills and is essential to proper balance.
  • Figure skates should be sharpened by shops that are specifically trained to sharpen figure skates. The shape of a figure skate blade is vastly different to a hockey skate blade. This is especially important as the skater advances through our programs. 
  • We recommend getting figure skates sharpened at Professional Skate in Marda Loop (3519 18 Street SW)

Care of Skates

  • Dry blades with a soft cloth immediately after use.
  • Do not store skates in hard plastic skate guards. Blades should either be uncovered, or covered with a soft fabric skate blade cover.
  • ALWAYS wear skate guards (the hard plastic type) when not on an ice surface or the special rubber floor within the arena. 

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