Hockey is officially Canada's winter sport and the source of many national heroes over the years. Almost every little town has a hockey arena, and every neighborhood a rink. The game is played on an ice rink by players wearing hockey skates. Each team plays with 6 players at a time (5 skaters plus a goalie). To score a point, one team needs to shoot a flat & round black rubber "puck" past the opposing team's goalie, into their net. Hockey is a fast-paced team sport that requires skill, strength and endurance.
For recreational hockey, all you need are a stick, skates and warm clothing (and a puck). Competitive hockey is played fast and can be dangerous, so full equipment and padding is required for organized league play. Each player needs (in addition to the above): helmet with a face mask, neck guard, shoulder pads, elbow pads, jersey, suspenders, padded hickey pants, hockey gloves, protective sports cup, shin pads, and hockey socks. A Goalie requires specialized versions of the skates, stick, and protective equipment.
Almost any sports or department stores will carry hockey equipment. Take the time to ensure that your gear fits right and offers enough protection. For rapidly-growing youths, you may wish to consider quality used equipment. Most minor hockey associations have a used equipment swap at the start of each hockey season.