Wholesale sales of ice hockey equipment in the U.S. 2007-2018

Wholesale sales of ice hockey protective gear in the United States reached 111.3 million U.S. dollars in 2018, making it the top selling category of ice hockey equipment. The other two biggest product segments in that market were ice skates and ice hockey sticks.

Ice Hockey

Ice hockey is a very popular sport to play and watch in the United States and Canada. Both countries were ranked highly by number of registered ice hockey players in 2017/2018, at 637,000 from Canada and 562,145 from the United States. Canada also has the most indoor and outdoor ice hockey rinks of any country in the world. In 2017/18 there were about 3,300 indoor ice rinks and 5,000 outdoor ice rinks in Canada.

Sporting Goods in the United States

The sports equipment market in North America is expected to exceed 30 billion U.S. dollars in value by 2024, up from 25.7 billion dollars in 2019. Sports equipment falls under the broader category of sporting goods. In terms of retail sales of the U.S. sporting goods market, activewear was the most lucrative category, generating around 53 billion U.S. dollars in sales in 2018. Athletic footwear was the second leading product category in that market, with retail sales of about 41 billion U.S. dollars in that year.

Ice hockey equipment wholesale sales in the U.S. from 2007 to 2018 (in million U.S. dollars)*

SkatesSticksProtective gearOther
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Release date

May 2019


United States

Survey time period

2007 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Based on a combination of aggregated quantitative data that is collected from a sample of manufacturers in a variety of product categories combined with a series of interviews and other industry data.

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