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With all the well-deserved attention on sports-related head injuries, you probably already know that your hockey helmet might be the most important piece of equipment you wear. While no helmet can claim to completely prevent concussion, top-notch protection for your dome needs to be at the top of your priority list.
A hockey helmet and face mask or shield will not only protect your face and head from sticks, pucks, and elbows, but it will also absorb and displace the impact energy that causes concussions. This is especially important in leagues that allow checking, but there’s a risk of head injuries even in non-contact hockey, so there’s never a bad time to wear a helmet on the ice.
Pure Hockey has an ever-evolving collection of hockey helmets for sale, boasting the best new helmets to hit the market, and we also offer reduced prices on outstanding past-season models. We carry high-quality hockey helmets from the most trusted makers, including Bauer, CCM, and Warrior. Hockey helmets are available either without a cage, or as a helmet/cage combination—especially important for young players, for whom combos are typically required. Either way, the helmet must fit perfectly, or its protective features will not perform as intended.
Check out our handy guides on How to Fit a Hockey Helmet and How to Buy a Hockey Helmet for everything you'll need to know to make the right purchase. Take your head and your brain seriously: It's worth your while to buy a high-quality hockey helmet. And our Low-Price Guarantee means you'll get the best value possible. Wrap your head around that!
Measure your head circumference about ½”-1” above your eyebrows. A well-sized helmet fits snugly enough that it does not shift, but not so tightly that it pinches or presses uncomfortably.
Remove the mask/cage and chin cup, wipe them down using disinfecting spray or wipes, and dry them. Then use a soft cloth or sponge and a mixture of water and no-tear shampoo (to prevent stinging soap from dripping into your eyes during play) to wash the entire helmet, inside and out. Rinse well, taking care to remove all the soap. Thoroughly dry your helmet using a clean towel and then leave it to dry in a warm, well-ventilated area.
Hockey helmets for adults range in price from about $40 for basic models, to around $300 for the best hockey helmets you can buy. Kids' hockey helmets start in the same $40 range, but top out around $150.
Helmets are good for 6.5 years from the date of manufacture per HECC certifications.
Your helmet’s HECC sticker displays its expiration date—6.5 years from the date of manufacture. You should replace an expired helmet, but you should also replace your hockey helmet if there are visible cracks in the exterior (meaning it won’t dissipate the force of an impact the way it was designed to) or if the helmet no longer fits a growing player.
You can remove all stickers except the HECC and CSA certification stickers. Even if you plan to play only in Canada or only in the US, it’s safest to leave both on, in case your plans over the life of the helmet ever include playing in both countries.
They’re all a little different, but the installation is always designed to be logical. Search your model and you’re likely to find a video. One good tip is not to seat any of the screws all the way until you have the visor situated exactly how you want it—then tighten them all down.
Yes, but you’ll want to select the glasses and the helmet carefully. Choose a sturdy pair of glasses with full-rim frames; some players prefer sports goggles and/or shatterproof polycarbonate lenses. Try on helmets with the glasses on to evaluate the fit. And invest in some no-fog spray.