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Ice Hockey Apparel

Ice hockey apparel has changed significantly since the first days of organized hockey. Once, a jersey and a pair of blades tied to shoes made up an entire uniform, and now, a player isn’t complete without a helmet, skates, gloves, a jersey and full padding.

Before artificial ice and fine-crafted skates, ice hockey was slower, and uniforms focused more on simply staying warm versus staying protected. As the sport evolved and equipment underwent invention, skating and puck speeds increased, coincidentally increasing player injuries. Early protective gear included leather and felt pads, sometimes sewn directly into uniforms, as well as borrowed pads from the sport of cricket.

By the 1940s, leather and felt pads were being replaced with fiberglass, and by 1958, the NHL Rules Committee... Read more

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