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How to save big this hockey season

It may seem well into the future, but the hockey season will be back in action before you know it. Parents of youth hockey players may struggle each year to play for skates and pads, as this is the prime time for kids to grow. Instead of dishing out the big bucks, parents should consider used hockey equipment to cut down on costs each year. For some associations, retention is a major concern because children don't have the opportunity to continue playing due to cost.

According to Got Team Manager, more than 55,000 youth play in hockey each year, and the average cost to be in a league is $1,200 to $3,900, with some higher leagues reaching $6,500 - and this cost does not include equipment. Quickly growing players may need new equipment each year, which can cost at least $500. 

Parents can sell old gear to purchase new hockey equipment for the next season to save a bundle. Your local store will help you find the ideal fit for safety and comfort. Some athletic associations can benefit from fundraisers as well, which parents can talk to their local sports goods stores about. While purchasing gear for the upcoming season, ask about opportunities in your area. 

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