Hockey shoulder pads come in a variety of protection levels, designed to protect the player at different levels of the sport. When shopping for hockey shoulder pads, there are a few key takeaways. First is the level of protection you need. Youth players like Mites and Squirts, beer leagues and no-contact adult hockey league senior players would require less shoulder and chest protection than a high school or college ice hockey player, engaging in more on-ice contact. Next is the overall fit, mobility and comfort. Making sure the shoulder pads don't ride up when moving your arms up-and-down, and side-to-side. You'll also need enough protection in your stomach between the bottom of the chest protector and top of your hockey pants, and from the elbow pads to the end of the shoulder pads itself. Pure Hockey offers top brands of hockey shoulder pads from Bauer, CCM, Reebok and Warrior, with a variety of styles and protection levels to match your game.