For young player ages 5 to 8 years old, you’ll want a smaller, 54-inch net. This allows them to practice their puck saving skills without having to navigate excess net.
For hockey players ages 9 to 12, choose a 60-inch net. Keep in mind that as nets get bigger, they also get heavier, making them more difficult to transport and store.
Regulation nets are 72 inches wide. They are ideal for hockey players aged 13 and up. Larger nets are also more durable than smaller nets, so they have longer lifespans.
Hockey nets with steel posts are durable and have long lifespans, but they’re also heavier than PVC, making them harder to transport. Some nets with thicker steel posts can take puck impacts up to 100km/h.
PVC posts on hockey nets are lighter, making the nets easier to transport. They work well for playing with balls, but they’re not as durable as steel.
Denier measure the weight of the weave of nets. As the denier measurement increases, the durability of the net increases.
Consider the ease of assembly that you require for your net. Some nets need to be strung by hand, some can be attached to the posts with Velcro, and some are attached to sleeves that can be threaded onto posts.
These small hockey nets are used for indoor play with mini sticks.
These hockey nets are designed to be used with puck, so are built stronger and heavier than other nets.
These hockey nets, which extend beyond the goal space, are great for high performance training and to protect the space behind the net.
If you are short on storage space or will be transporting the net regularly, look for a hockey net that is collapsible or can be folded up.
For targeted training, look for a hockey net with targets.