Women’s hockey is in an exciting place as it has grown tremendously over the past decade and it continues to grow in both the quantity and quality of players. A big contributor to the success is that we now have a generation of women who grew up playing hockey who are now leaders of the game through coaching and management. These female leaders certainly faced many obstacles along the way and have used those experiences to bring out the best in Women’s Hockey. Now, not only are there female-only teams and leagues, but wide-scale governing bodies of hockey such as the OWHA, run entirely by women, for women.
While women’s hockey is on the rise, throughout history, it has often been overlooked, particularly when it comes to gear. In this blog post, we will explore the challenges women have encountered in acquiring properly fitted gear and celebrate the transformative role of MFG Hockey in addressing these issues.
Most hockey equipment available is designed by men, for men. With little to no gear options available specifically for women, they are often stuck with ill-fitting gear that inhibits their performance and leaves them more exposed to injury. There have been attempts in the past by others to address the needs of female players, but with little success. A key reason for this is that many retailers are unwilling or unable to carry the many different sizes needed to properly serve their clientele. While underperforming equipment will never keep women from the game they love, many are frustrated at the lack of better options.
Women's hockey has made significant strides in recent years despite the countless obstacles. The rise in competitive leagues and growing participation numbers highlight the dedication and passion of female athletes.
For the first time in history, professional female hockey players are receiving compensation for playing the sport they love. As the demand for female-specific gear increases, companies like STÄRK Hockey have stepped up to address the needs of female players.
MFG Hockey, a STÄRK Hockey product line, focuses on designing hockey equipment and apparel specifically for girls and women. We understand female athletes' distinctive body proportions, sizes, and shapes. By incorporating this knowledge into our designs, MFG Hockey ensures a personalized fit that optimizes comfort, freedom of movement, and reduces the risk of injuries.
Properly fitted gear contributes to the overall performance of female hockey players. With gear that fits well and stays in place, players can focus on their game without distraction. MFG Hockey's innovative solutions demonstrate our commitment to optimal performance and comfort. The inner belt in our pants allows girls to wear them comfortably anywhere on the torso. Our MFG hockey glove has a slimmer design for better fit, protection, and feel. Foam breastplates in our shoulder pads help contour and support the female chest. All of our MFG products are designed with the female player in mind.
Customers have praised MFG Hockey gear for its superior fit and functionality. Brittany Summers, a player who experienced the freedom of movement in MFG pants, was amazed by the difference. Another satisfied customer, Laura Jansen, highlighted the benefits of the close-to-body compression breastplates in MFG shoulder pads. Aurora from Steel City U19 expressed her gratitude for a sports brand that caters to female athletes' physiological needs and provides adjustable gear to suit different body types.
The evolution of women's hockey equipment has experienced a significant leap forward with the introduction of MFG Hockey. By addressing the unique needs of female athletes, we have successfully fostered an environment of inclusivity, elevated performance, and enhanced safety in women's hockey. Our unwavering commitment to supporting and empowering our female athletes is resolute, and we firmly believe that this is just the beginning of a remarkable journey. Trust us, we are here for the long run, standing side by side with the women who inspire us every day.