Difference in Sizes of Hockey Gloves

Overview

Hockey is one of the fastest sports in the world and quick hand speed is often required in order to execute effective plays. Although there are many manufacturers of hockey gloves, a player should find the most comfortable and protective pair of gloves that he can afford. Like most other hockey equipment, there are differences in sizes of hockey gloves. Hockey is also a rough sport, and there are errant sticks that can be swung at your wrists and the top of your hands. Therefore, your gloves must help protect you from this. But perhaps most importantly, sizing gloves correctly can help you determine if the gloves you have selected will adequately protect you and at the same time provide comfort.

Significance

During a hockey game, your hands need protection when they come into contact with skates, pucks and hockey sticks. Correctly fitted gloves can greatly help to minimize damage or injury. You do not want your gloves to be so large that they restrict your hand and wrist movement, which are are necessary for stick handling skills.

Size

Hockey gloves are sized by a measurement between your elbow and fingertips. For example, a player who has 14 inches between his elbow and fingertips would need a 14-inch sized pair of gloves. The difference between a 14-inch glove and a 15-inch glove is the length of the glove. This difference is probably most noticeable above the wrist at the lower forearm. A larger glove will come up higher and cover more of the forearm However, different manufacturers make gloves differently and some gloves may feature a protective piece above the cuff that extends higher than other gloves. Some gloves may be close to the same size as others of that size but offer various degrees of protection above the wrist. Try gloves on before you purchase them to find out if they fit correctly and sufficiently protect your hands and wrists. Your gloves should up nearly to the bottom of your elbow pads to keep a limited area of your arm unprotected from sticks, pucks and skates.

Benefits

A correctly fitted pair of gloves can add confidence to your game. If you are comfortable with how your gloves feel on your hands and how much of your wrist and forearm are protected, you will be thinking less about the dangers of an injury and more about your job on the ice. Many hockey gloves are made with sophisticated technology and a player with good stick handling skills has a good chance to excel with this type of equipment. It allows for a high level of mobility and players with supple wrists and “soft” hands will benefit.

Considerations

If you are playing in an elite league with much physical contact and can afford it, you should pay more money for an expensive pair of hockey gloves. You can not put a price on the safety of your hands, wrists, and forearms and if you are willing to pay $100 or more for gloves, you will be receiving gloves of the highest quality.

Warning

With the physical contact involved in hockey, you may absorb a slash, which is a forceful blow from a stick, to an area unprotected by your gloves and elbow pads. Although you want your gloves to cover almost all of this exposed area, you will still occasionally sustain bruises and cuts to your arm. If you drop a glove on the ice, do not attempt to pick it back up while play is still going on near it. If you attempt to pick your glove up and a nearby player’s skate blade accidentally strikes your hand or wrist, it can sever tendons in your wrist or cause severe damage to your hand. Make sure there is no one in the area where your glove is or skate off the ice and the referee will likely retrieve the glove.

About this Author

Wade M. Harle is a first-year writer with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Iowa State University. His work has been published on Examiner.com as a Davenport sports examiner.