Do Hockey Players Wear Elbow Pads?

The short answer is: yes, every hockey player wears elbow pads. If you’re not, you’re not only going to be stuck on the bench, but you’ll be putting your arms in serious danger if you find a way to sneak onto the ice without full padding. So what are the most important things to know about elbow pads before you make your first purchase? Here are some helpful tips.

What We Cover:
Types of Elbow Pads
Sizing
Other Tips
Related Resources

Types of Elbow Pads

Looking to play at a high-level? You’ll need to invest in some quality, high-end elbow pads. Something along the lines of these Pro Stock picks are where you should start your search. With high-density foam on both the elbow cap, forearm, and bicep padding, upper-end pads are highly protective, but not cumbersome or prone to absorbing sweat and moisture.

If you’re buying your first pair, go with something simple. A soft-shell, two-piece design will give you plenty of protection in the arms without sacrificing mobility.

Sizing

Elbow pads are all about maximizing protection without compromising your comfort and flexibility on the ice. Not sure where to start with sizing? It’s easy. Simply measure the length from your mid-bicep to mid-forearm. Here’s how that measurement matches up with the other important factors that influence elbow pad sizes.

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Before you head onto the ice, practice your best arm/windmill cellys on repeat to see how your padding holds up after a little movement. Still not sure? Think about what areas your padding is and isn’t covering. If you’re not looking to get slashed in the wrist, make sure your pads cover that area without restricting the movement of your gloves. The same goes for your upper arms and shoulders.

Other Tips

  • It’s always a good idea to take into account the circumference of your mid/upper arms. If your arms are on the wider side, think about going a size up.
  • If you have questions about the sizing and fit of a pair you’ve been eyeing on SidelineSwap, feel free to reach out to the seller, or our team of experts, to get all the helpful info you might need.

Related Resources

Hockey Elbow Pads Buying Guide
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