Also known as breezers, shorts, or hip pads, player pants provide protection ranging from the player’s lower back to upper knee and ensures everything from the hip bones to the tailbone is protected from the inevitable on-ice spills every new player will take.
Construction generally consists of a nylon shell, foam padding with plastic inserts for impact protection, a soft liner, and a belt or lace system for tightening at the waist.
To ensure proper fit, make sure to measure at the player’s waist and not hips – player pants are worn higher than regular pants so make sure you’re measuring at the true waist.
Next up is the length. The bottoms of the pant legs should rest at the center of the player’s knee cap when standing so that when the player bends or strides, the thigh guard remains in a protective posture.
A smart key to look for when shopping is if there is sufficient hip and tail bone padding. This will ensure your youngster stays protected while learning the fundamentals of hockey.