New to this...
I'm 20 and looking to get into inline hockey, because there is a rink around here that runs leagues nightly, and where getting into Ice Hockey would be quite a bit more expensive and time consuming for me, I want to get into it relatively (relatively) quickly.
I am interested in playing goalie, and have never really done anything like this before (I've played organized sports but never hockey -- I've played street hockey beyond on the school yard and such), but anyways since I'm getting into this seriously now I am kind of clueless as to the sort of equipment I would need and where a good place would be to look.
I was hoping some of you guys could provide me with some recommendations as to some good gear and so on.
I know already that I play sort of a hybrid flop style of goalie, half Hasek half butterfly. Though I am not on my back as much as the Dominator. I look forward to flopping all over the place in a beginner league sometime this fall.
Re: New to this...
Welcome to the board and to inline hockey, Matt!
As a goalie myself, I'll try to help out a bit with equipment recommendations.
Leg pads: Mission Helium Lites, light-weight (so you can flop around easier ) and made for roller hockey so you'll slide easier as well.
C/A: Again, you want something light but protective. Almost anything you can find used, for a decent price, will work, but I'd look into the Mission line here too.
Gloves: Look around Ebay for used gloves. There are often nice sets for decent prices.
Pants: Again, check out Ebay. Hockeygiant.com, Goaliemonkey.com, ePuck.com, and inlinewarehouse.com are also good sites.
Skates: You can use player's skates or goalie skates. I'd say go with player's skates until you're 100% sure you want to play goalie as goalie skates can be pretty expensive.
Hope that helped!
If you need any more goalie resources or websites to buy equipment just post again or send me a message.
Re: New to this...
There is a good forum for goalies over at www.goaliestore.com
Not saying not to keep posting here, but a lot of your questions have already been answered there.