Hockey pants are almost always called just that: hockey pants. But you may have heard some other names used. For instance, some folks in Minnesota call them "hockey breezers." You may also hear the term “girdle” used interchangeably with “hockey pants,” but they're not the same thing. More on that below.
No matter what you call them, experienced hockey players understand how important hockey pants are to their safety and comfort. Those new to the game might not fully understand that hockey pants and hockey girdles provide protection for the hips, thighs and lower spine—the vulnerable parts of the body that bang into other players, the boards, goal posts, and the ice, during play. Don't neglect this important piece of protective gear thinking hockey pants are just pants.
Pure Hockey carries a huge selection of hockey pants and includes sizes for every age and level of play, all from the most trusted manufacturers:
The difference between hockey pants and a hockey girdle is that hockey pants fit loosely, while a hockey girdle is tight like Spandex. A hockey pant shell is worn over the girdle. As with other hockey equipment categories, all pants give you sufficient protection. As you go up the line, you'll enjoy enhanced protection and comfort. Look for features like adjustable belts for the waist, thigh zippers, enhanced padding in the kidneys and lower spine, and better ventilation.
The best advice we can offer is to consult our handy Pure Hockey Pant Guide for accurate and insightful information on fitting and what to look for when trying on a pair. Then buy with confidence knowing you're getting the best price available, thanks to our Pure Hockey Low-Price Guide. That's no kick in the pants!