FAQ's (FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)
Is the sport of hockey safe for my child?
Yes. Hockey players wear more protective equipment than any other sport. A study has shown that ice hockey injuries ranked after both basketball and soccer in emergency room visits related to sport and recreational activities. Youth hockey is a different game than the NHL. With a different set of rules in place, youth hockey places a stronger emphasis on sportsmanship and friendly competition. Contact, including checking, is not allowed until the Bantam level (age 14 & 15) but NO fighting is allowed in youth hockey.
Who will be coaching my child?
Teams are generally coached by volunteer parent - coaches. All coaches must undergo a standard background check as required by Minnesota Hockey. Coaches must also be certified by attending coaching clinics, complete USA Hockey SafeSport training modules, and concussion training prior to the start of each hockey season.
What will it cost for my child to play hockey?
Ice hockey can be expensive, but the costs are much lower for Mites than for the older groups. In addition, we offer a first-half free program for first-time families.
What is the required equipment?
- Hockey Skates
- They need to be sharpened before first use, and as needed thereafter
- Properly fitting skates are the most important piece of gear. Skates that don’t fit properly make an already difficult endeavor much harder. Skates generally fit 1 to 2 sizes smaller than your child’s shoe size.
- Jerseys (provided with registration)
- Hockey Socks (provided with registration)
- These go over your player’s shin guards
- It is dangerous not to wear hockey socks over shin guards
- Shin Guards
- Mouth Guard (with a strap that connects to face mask)
- Hockey Gloves
- Hockey Stick
- Wood, composite or similar. If possible, avoid street hockey sticks (e.g. plastic blades).
- The stick should reach the player's nose when standing in shoes. Place the stick vertically plum while your child stands straight. Make a mark at his/her nose. Cut it down at the mark.
- Tape the top and the blade. If questions here, ask a coach or parent to help.
- Elbow Pads
- Shoulder Pads
- Hockey Pants (aka "Breezers")
- Athletic Protector
- Neck Guard
- Helmet with face mask (either clear or cage)