Measuring a hockey jersey for size is a relatively easy process, requiring only a tape measure and the manufacturer's size chart. However, if you've never purchased a jersey before, the process is slightly different from buying clothes at the store. Among several considerations are the undergarments and protective gear worn under the jersey. The jersey should fit loosely over the gear, allowing the player to move his arms and shoulders freely during the game. However, if the jersey is too large, it may catch on the player's stick and helmet, interfering with his ability to play the game.
Put the undergarments, shoulder pads and chest protector on the player.
Measure the front of the player's chest at the widest point, from side to side, just under the armpits. Write down the measurement. This is usually the "A" measurement on the manufacturer's sizing chart.
Measure from the top point of the shoulder pad to the player's hip. This is the "B" measurement on the sizing chart. Write it down.
Tell the player to hold his arms straight out to the sides. Measure the arms from the center back of the neck to the wrist. This is usually the "C" measurement on the sizing chart. Write it down.
Compare your measurements to the manufacturer's size charts. Each manufacturer's hockey jersey sizes are different. For example, in youth sizes the CCM jerseys are larger and the Bauer jerseys are smaller than the Easton, Reebok and Tour jerseys. Additionally, in adult sizes there are significant sizing differences between these five major brands.
- While you may purchase new jerseys online to take advantage of sale pricing, if there are jerseys available at a local pro shop, try the jersey on before ordering.
- Ask about jerseys at the pro shop at the rink. Some rinks have deals with local vendors for special-order and custom jerseys.
- Jerseys are often included when your player joins a league. Ask the team or rink manager before buying new jerseys.