Ice hockey is a special sport that requires specific equipment to ensure safety and the proper execution of the referee’s duties on the ice. Here are the list of the equipment a hockey referee should have in the game.
- Hockey Skates
Referees need ice hockey skates to navigate the rink efficiently. These skates should provide good support and allow for quick movements.
- Striped Jersey or Sweater
A black and white striped jersey or sweater distinguishes the referee from the players. The stripes help players and spectators easily identify the officials on the ice.
- Black Helmet and Face Mask
Referees wear a black helmet with a full face mask to protect their head and face from pucks, sticks, and collisions. The mask often includes a half shield or full shield for facial protection.
A whistle is a crucial tool for referees to signal stoppages in play, penalties, and other game situations. It helps communicate decisions quickly to players and coaches.
- Referee Pants
Specialized pants with built-in padding provide protection to the referee’s lower body from pucks, sticks, and accidental collisions.
- Referee Arm Bands
These are worn around the referee’s arms to indicate their level of authority (e.g., head referee, linesman).
Referees wear gloves to protect their hands. They may choose gloves with extra padding for additional protection. Gloves are not mandatory.
- Shin Guards
Referees wear shin guards to protect their legs from pucks and sticks. These are often worn under their referee pants.
- Chest Protector
A chest protector or referee-specific jersey with built-in padding helps protect the upper body from impact.
- Cup/Abdominal Protection
Essential for protecting the lower abdominal area.
- Skate Guards
These protect the blades of the skates when the referee is off the ice.
- Referee Bag
A bag to carry and organize all the equipment.