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Block The Shot: Learn More About Goaltender Equipment

Get to work behind the crease with performance goalie gear from DICK’S Sporting Goods.

When the game is on the line, a goaltender’s gear is critically important. From the right pair of goalie skates to power goal sticks and responsive protective gear , suit up with the gear experienced players trust.

The latest goalie gear is designed to let you move fluidly in the box—yet provide the maximum protection you count on. Pick up everything your season needs, and shop goalie gear from brands like Shock Doctor®, Bauer®, CCM®, Nike®, Skins® and others.

Buying Tips

For a goaltender, there’s a few core pieces of equipment: Your goalie catcher glove, leg and chest pads, helmet and mask.

White-hued leg padding helps you blend in with the ice. Goalie leg pads are available with plastic clips and metal clips. Keep in mind, plastic clips are easier to open and close and recommended for youth players. Metal clips are more durable but often more difficult to use.

Chest protection is vital for all goalies. Get the right barrier between the puck and your chest: Most modern chest pads are crafted from nylon wrapped around layers of resilient foam. Despite the name, chest protectors typically safeguard most of the upper body, including a clavicle protector, extended shoulder caps and floaters for the biceps.

When shopping for your, catcher’s glove, look for a molded, one-piece thumb area and pre-curved palm with individual finger compartments.

Expert Advice

Learn more about these goalie essentials:

Goalie Masks: Modern goalie masks come in a variety of styles and depend on your personal preference. Masks are crafted from stainless steel or composite wire mesh. Pair your mask with a helm made of an extremely durable hard-shell plastic or composite material.

Goalie Sticks: Your goalie stick is larger and heavier than a player stick. These sticks feature a wider blade and paddle area and the sizing should be based on your stature. Goalie sticks are always composed of wood.

Goalie Skates: A goaltender’s skates are designed with two major components—the boot and the blade. Most boots are manufactured with a combination of leather and synthetic materials in the upper, which provides a blend durability, performance and comfort. Skate blades are made of steel and have a concave shape. For every goalie, the most important factor is blade radius, which is the length of the blade that comes in contact with the ice during play. Goalie blades tend to have a longer blade radius with a less hollow grind. This configuration promotes stability on the ice.