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WHA Equipment Information

WHA Equipment Manager

Jeremy Mortensen is the equipment manager for the WHA, feel free to contact him with any equipment questions, issues, comments, etc.

FYI- Jeremy doesn't receive the emails sent to the WHA email. Please contact him directly.



Equipment Room Hours

Please call or email Jeremy Mortensen for equipment and questions. He does NOT receive responses that get sent to the WHA gmail account, so you must contact him directly.

Thank you



Equipment Rental Program

The WHA has decided to continue on with the Equipment Rental Program. This program was put in place to help families equip there children in a cost effective way, and also help insure that the WHA gets equipment returned when the season is over. We all know that hockey can be expensive, and the WHA would like to do what we can to provide equipment for players without overburdening parents financially. WHA will only charge a non-refundable $50 fee (cash or check), and a $50 Deposit (post-dated check preferred) for equipment, we raised the cost as the WHA has received newer equipment which is more expensive to replace. The fee and deposit covers all equipment rented whether it's just one piece of gear or all pieces of gear, the deposit will be returned when the equipment is handed back in. WHA will do it's best as far as equipment inventory counts go, we especially try and keep enough gear on hand for the younger players (Ponies and Mites), but unfortunately due to cost and fluctuating player numbers equipment is limited, and also the WHA does NOT rent out skates. We will generally have a couple equipment checkout days before the season starts, and Jason will try to be in the equipment room the first weekend of practice, an hour before the Ponies and Mites practices. You can contact Jason Attenberger with any questions regarding equipment and rental.

Equipment Requirements

Aside from the Ponies/Learn to Skate program, the equipment requirements will be the same from Mites through Bantams. Here are the requirements,

Ponies/Learn to Skate: A helmet, mouth guard, and skates are required.

With the wide range of ages and player sizes at this level, we may not have equipment small enough for littlest skaters. For example, if you have a 3 year old starting to play, all the equipment may make them too uncomfortable as it may not fit right, this may push the kid away from hockey. I would recommend a snow suit with warm gloves, this is more than enough padding for the younger "learn to skate" players.  As the child grows we can start to put pads on them, but there is no reason to rush the process, let's try and keep hockey fun without forcing all of the equipment on them. You will notice I didn't say a stick is required, well at this level sticks generally won't be used until a player can skate without assistance. When the time comes to get a stick, buy a straight blade stick. We don't necessarily know what hand these kids will shoot with, in time they will gravitate toward their strong side and that is when you can get them a curved blade stick

Mites through Bantams: Helmet, mouth guard, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey gloves, shin pads, breezers/hockey pants, hockey socks (for wearing over the shin pads), a jock/cup (they make them for girls and boys), practice jersey, stick, and of course skates. Some coaches may require/request that their team wears neck guards.

These levels are when we are playing games, so we need to have our players fully protected from head to toe.

If you're just getting to theses levels, it's a lot to take on, but feel free to contact Jason Attenberger or any of our coaches for equipment questions/assistance.


Letter from USA Hockey Regarding the Virginia Tech Hockey Helmet Study



Virginia Tech recently released a five-star rating system for hockey helmets. USA Hockey has reviewed the findings and below is commentary from Dr. Michael Stuart to help guide parents, players, coaches and officials. Stuart, from the Mayo Clinic, is USA Hockey’s chief medical and safety officer.

Comments on
Hockey STAR: A Methodology for Assessing the Biomechanical Performance of Hockey Helmets1


Michael J. Stuart MD
USA Hockey Chief Medical and Safety Officer

The Hockey STAR rating does not prove if a specific helmet will or will not prevent or even reduce the risk of concussion if worn by a hockey player.

The contention that the current hockey helmet has limited ability to prevent a concussion is not a new concept. Numerous experts and the Ice Hockey Summit: Action on Concussion have stated that a hockey helmet is effective for reducing the risk of skull fracture, but not concussion.2 However, improved force dissipation by the hockey helmet is an important goal to help decrease the number and severity of concussions in hockey. A hit to the head is a common mechanism of concussion in hockey, but brain injury can also result from a blow to the face or a blow to the body with resultant force transmission to the head. Therefore, an important element of risk reduction for concussion in hockey is to decrease the frequency of hits to the head and unanticipated hits to the body.3 This strategy will help to prevent concussion, irrespective of hockey helmet characteristics and effectiveness.

Concussion is a growing concern for athletes in multiple sports, including ice hockey. The authors of the Virginia Tech study assert that the risk of concussion is higher in hockey than football, but this statement is not uniformly supported by the literature. A descriptive epidemiology study of United States high schools for 20 sports during 2008-2010 found that football had the highest concussion rate (6.4), followed by boys' ice hockey (5.4) and boys' lacrosse (4.0).4

The Hockey STAR evaluation system was designed as a quantitative measure of the ability of individual hockey helmets to reduce the risk of concussion.1 The methodology includes the application of helmet impact testing in the laboratory setting to the on-ice experience. The ability for this system to predict brain injury assumes 1) the recorded linear and rotational accelerations measured by the pendulum and head form truly replicate the actual forces experienced by the brain of a hockey player and 2) the capacity for a helmet to decrease acceleration in the laboratory will actually decrease the risk of concussion when playing the sport.

Concussion risks were multiplied by the exposure statistics gleaned from two published studies for each impact condition in order to determine “incidence values.” The exposure component was assumed from linear and rotational acceleration data collected from hockey players. However, these values may not accurately reflect the actual forces to the brain. There is not a direct correlation between head acceleration and the diagnosis of concussion due to multiple factors: varied injury mechanisms (for example, a blow to the body can cause a concussion regardless of helmet type), individual susceptibility (the concussion threshold is unknown because a wide range of G-forces result in clinical symptoms), along with the fact that the currently available concussion diagnostic tools are largely subjective and have poor sensitivity.

The author’s assumption that a player experiences a mean of 227 head impacts per season was determined by averaging published data from instrumented helmet research in collegiate, Midget and Bantam players. However, other studies do not correlate with this estimation of head impact frequency or magnitude. Male Bantam (age 13–14) players experienced a mean of 140 head impacts over the course of the season with an average linear acceleration of 22G. The majority of impacts were of a relatively low magnitude (linear acceleration less than 30G in 83% and greater the 75G in only 1.7%5). The clinical consequences of repeated head impacts are unknown. Peak accelerations as measured at the surface of the head were 160 to 180% greater from heading a soccer ball than from routine (non-injurious) impacts during hockey or football, respectively.6 In addition, the data used in the Hockey STAR predictions can’t be extrapolated to younger hockey players, alternative hockey environments or other sports.

The aggregated data was used to calculate a Hockey STAR value for each helmet. The contention that “player wearing helmet A would be 44.6% less likely to sustain a concussion than a player wearing helmet B if both players had the same head impact exposure over one season” is predicated on many assumptions. In addition, the ability of the STAR values to estimate both “undiagnosed and diagnosed injuries” has not been validated. There is no data presented in this study to support the rate of undiagnosed concussion or to prove that only 10% of concussions are actually diagnosed in hockey players.

This experiment represents only one methodology for testing hockey helmets. The authors admit: “there are a near-infinite number ways to test a helmet,” which could affect the test results. Therefore, this study does not prove if a specific helmet will or will not prevent or even reduce the risk of concussion if worn by a hockey player.

  1. Rowson B, Rowson S, Duma SM. Hockey STAR: A Methodology forAssessing the Biomechanical Performance of Hockey Helmets. Annals of Biomedical Engineering (_ 2015) DOI: 10.1007/s10439-015-1278-7.
  2. Smith AM, Stuart MJ, Greenwald RM, Benson BW, Dodick DW, Emery CA, Finnoff JT, Mihalik JP, Roberts WO, Sullivan CA, Meeuwisse WH. Proceedings from the ice hockey summit on concussion: a call to action. Clin J Sport Med. 2011 Jul;21(4):281-7.
  3. Smith AM, Stuart MJ et al. Ice Hockey Summit II: Zero Tolerance for Head Hits and Fighting. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2015 Mar-Apr;14(2):135-44. doi: 10.1249
  4. Marar M1, McIlvain NM, Fields SK, Comstock RD. Epidemiology of concussions among United States high school athletes in 20 sports. Am J Sports Med. 2012 Apr;40(4):747-55.
  5. Naunheim RS et al. Comparison of impact data in hockey, football, and soccer. J Trauma. 2000 May;48(5):938-41.
  6. Reed N et al. Measurement of Head Impacts in Youth Ice Hockey. Int J Sports Med 2010; 31: 826 – 833


  • USA Hockey supports the development of new helmet concepts, materials and designs that hopefully will reduce the risk of concussion.


  • The Hockey STAR rating allows consumers to compare overall helmet performance between models in the laboratory setting using a specific methodology.


  • The Hockey STAR rating does not prove if a specific helmet will or will not prevent or even reduce the risk of concussion if worn by a hockey player.


  • This type of research raises concussion awareness and will hopefully stimulate additional investigations and strategies to improve safety.


  • USA Hockey supports a multifaceted approach to improve concussion prevention, diagnosis and management including:
    • Concussion education (players, coaches, parents and officials)
    • Enforcement of existing rules (major and misconduct for boarding, charging, checking from behind)
    • Rule changes (penalty for intentional and unintentional head hits, delaying body checking until age 13, fighting in junior hockey)
    • American Development Model (efforts to teach body contact and control skills in a progressive manner)
    • Safety programs (Heads Up Don’t Duck, Fair Play, coaching education modules and clinics)
    • Equipment modifications (helmets, elbow pads, chinstraps, mouth guard)


  • USA Hockey and the USA Hockey Foundation will continue to develop programs and support research to reduce the risk of injury in the sport of ice hockey, including concussion.