Helmets, CSA approved, are mandatory for all skaters in the Kinderskate, Juvenile and Junior programs who have not passed the Level 5 Canskate Badge. Face guards are optional but are strongly recommended for beginner skaters. Helmets are mandatory for all skaters in the Powerskating programs.The Leaside Skating Club strongly recommends CSA approved hockey helmets for all activities

Notice: All Skaters must wear a CSA approved Hockey helmet as per Skate Canada 2017. No other helmet (Ski Helmet, Winter Sports helmet, Bike helmet, etc) will be accepted and skaters will not be permitted on the ice without a CSA approved hockey helmet.


It is essential to purchase skates appropriate for the level of ability of the skater. Beginners can start with hockey skates or figure skates. Either are appropriate at the Canskate level. Recreational skates sold at department stores and sporting goods stores should give adequate ankle support for the beginner and should fit comfortably when the skater is wearing one pair of warm socks. After a skater moves into the Skate Canada test stream, better quality boots should be purchased (blades are sold separately).

Care of Skates

Blades should be properly sharpened by a professional skate sharpening technician. Skate guards must be worn when walking on any surface other than the ice or the rubberized suface covering the floors in the dressing rooms and surrounding areas. After use, boots and blades should be dried before putting on the blade guards. When storing skates, the guards should be removed and replaced with soft, terry-towel covers.

For your convenience, the Leaside Hockey Shop located in the new rink on the upper level offers skate sharpening for all hockey and recreational skates – phone Grant Krisman 416- 890-5454 for information.

Tom Kalweit, one of our former coaches, runs a skate sharpening service for figure skates. Phone (905) 420-5937


Beginner skaters should wear warm, comfortable, preferably waterproof clothing. Gloves are a must. Jeans are not advisable, as they restrict movement. As skaters become more comfortable on the ice, they may want to wear more traditional skating clothing, such as leotards, tights and skating skirts (skating pants for boys).