Figure skater at 7ish and hockey player at about 15.
It costs as much as you want it to. Basic kit is £300 max I rekon, but skates can be £500 plus, sticks can be £200, gloves £150 if you were really eager and get better/more committed.
There's plenty of off-ice skills you can learn which obviously cost you nothing - stick handling for example.
However, there are various hockey camps around the country. The NIC adult weekends are good value (see Matt Bradbury's post in Talk Hockey), but you can look to go to Czech Republic for a week fairly cheaply or further afield to Canada. I've been to Can/Am and a lot of people can reccommend that (me included!) Its expensive tho, and I would reccommend combining it with a trip to Toronto or something.
Oh, I am sorry Rich... I did say "I rekon" meaning I was guessing. I got my kit from Nick's hand-me-downs and the rest from the Vipers so it was quite cheap!! Once I got that I gradually made the kit my own.
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Started when I was 20/21. Trust me your never too old. Rish... that guy at Cleveland? whats his name, short bloke... hes in is 60s isnt he?
If your buying all your kit new... average kit is what...
Skates £100/£150 Shin pads £30/£40 Box £15/£20 Shorts £30/£50 Body armour £50 + Elbow pads £25/£30 Gloves £50 + Helmet and visor probably around £70/£100 (for both)
If you want to wear sweats etc add £25. Shirts £15 for a plain one.
Sticks vary. £30 up to £200.... however is you pay £200 for a stick your daft. I know a couple of guys that play with £130 sticks... makes no odds to their game tbh.
Rolls of stick and leg tape are about £2.50 but if you buy in bulk online its cheaper. If you ever play with Tim you will need a lot of leg tape and stick tape. Probably a few spare bottles of water as well
If you are buying kit though DONT go to the NIC shop. Poor choice, staff dont really know their ar*e from their elbow. Get yourself up to puck stop. THe shop at Ice shuff is now a puck stop I reckon
Started ice when i was 7, then started roller when i was 13/14
I personally get my stuff from www.justhockey.co.uk, www.demonskater.com or sent from america. However if you're just starting out it might be best to try stuff on and what not, so go either NIC, Puckstop or Ice N easy at Rotherham