Experienced hockey players know how important hockey pants are to a player’s safety and comfort. Those new to the game might not fully understand. Hockey pants and hockey girdles provide protection for your hips, thighs and lower spine — the parts of your body that are going to be banging into other players, the boards, goal posts and the ice. Don’t neglect this important piece of protective gear thinking hockey pants are just pants. 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 will provide you with sufficient protection. As you go up the line you simply gain protective and feature enhancements. Look for features like adjustable belts for the waist, thigh zippers and enhanced padding in the kidneys and lower spine, and better ventilation. Pure Hockey carries a huge selection of hockey pants and offers sizes for every age and level of play, from all the major brands.