I may not personally be a hockey mom, but I was one of my mom's two children playing hockey. She also had the only girl on the team..me. We practiced outdoors every other night after school, and most of our games were outdoors as well. It is safe to say that the hockey mom's greatest concern was how to best keep their child warm. Living in Northern Wisconsin, we have some of the worst winters known to man. The primary concerns were our hands and feet because they weren't engulfed in pads, jerseys, and hockey shorts. To keep our hands and feet warm our mom's put hand warmers in our gloves and skates which in turn made it difficult most times to hold my hockey stick. It was also more uncomfortable than anything because they moved around a lot. Or my skates were tied so tight that the hand warmer was hurting me. As a hockey mom or dad you are expected to know what your children are going to need. They didn't really cover warmth very well, so most mom's and dad's used their imagination. Also, I was the only girl playing on the team and most didn't really know what to say when it came to the subject of the cup. They ended up just telling me to wear one like all the boys. Thankfully WSI has some alternatives to the usual discomforts I encountered when playing.
First the issue of warmth. WSI made things a lot easier than putting hand warmers everywhere. The Heatr glove liners are a great alternative to hand warmers. They are liners so they don't have any bulk to them which will make it easier for the gloves to just go right over them. They also won't get in the way of holding a hockey stick. As for the feet, well the Heatr socks will definitely fit better under tightly tied skates. If you don't know about Heatr yet it's pretty simple. I utilizes your body heat to keep you warm. As far as the rest of the body there is enough on the rest of the body to keep your child warm. Under the pads, jersey, and hockey shorts they will probably be sweating a lot. Wikmax is a great technology. It is a wicking material. Wikmax will pull the moisture to the outside of the garment so your child will feel dry fabric against the skin and they will be more comfortable.
Obviously the puck gets hit around, it's part of the game. Sometimes it goes flying as well. A cup is a necessity for protection. WSI makes what is called a hockey joc. A hockey joc is a short with an adjustable cup pocket and it keeps the cup from sliding around. Evan better, some of you hockey parents are going to have daughters that are going to want to play. The women's hockey joc is a lot more comfortable than making her wear the usual cup like all the boys. Both hockey jocs come in youth sizes and also come in a pant as well. Also if some of your children are going to want to be the goalie. Extra protection is needed everywhere. The Goalie Hockey Joc is a great product to keep your child protected. Also available in a pant.
Shin Pads often moved around when I was playing and my socks usually fell down as well. WSI makes a compression shin sleeve that will hold the shin pad in place. Also to keep the socks up, all hockey jocs have Velcro tabs. The Quick Clips connect to the tabs on the hockey jocs and clip to the socks to keep them up.
So there you have it. A starter kit for hockey parents. The rest of the equipment; shoulder pads, shin pads, hockey socks, skates, hockey shorts, and a hockey jersey. Have fun with your own little hockey stars and encourage them to keep it up. They need you unofficial team members, coaches, cheerleaders.