A properly fitted shin pad allows for maximum movement of the knee and ankle and effective coverage and protection of the knee and shin.
1. The cap of the pad should be centered over the kneecap.
2. The protective padding above this plastic cap should overlap with the bottom of the hockey pants by 2 inches.
3. With the skate open, the player should ensure that the bottom of the shin pad rests 1 inch above the foot and that the ankle movement (up and down) is not restricted.
4. It is now recommended that the skate tongue be positioned behind the shin pad for added protection.