How to Size Hockey Jerseys

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The size of hockey jersey you need depends on your personal style preference and whether you are going to wear it recreationally or while playing competitive hockey. Hockey jerseys are designed to be worn over shoulder pads, so if you’re going to wear your jersey as a spectator and prefer it loose fitting, you’ll likely do well by picking the same size that you wear in a T-shirt or sweater. However, if you want it to be more fitted, you should select a size smaller than what you would usually wear.

For Hockey Athletes

  • If you’re sizing a jersey to be worn during hockey competition, you’ll need to make sure you select a loose-fitting top to account for the shoulder pads you’ll be wearing underneath. Dimensions of sizes can vary depending on the jersey manufacturer. To get an idea of what size you’ll need, a size small jersey for adults, which has a chest width of 44 to 48 inches, fits over pads on a player that has a chest size of 36 inches. Following that template, choose from a medium -- chest width of 48 to 50 inches, chest size of 40 inches; large -- chest width of 50 to 52 inches, chest size of 44 inches; extra large -- a chest width of 52 to 54 inches, chest size of 48 inches; and double extra large -- a chest width of 54 to 56 inches, chest size of 52 inches.

    Youth jerseys that are size small are 38 inches wide in the chest and are designed for players with 28-inch chests. Medium jerseys are 40 inches in chest width and are designed for youth with 30-inch chests. Large jerseys have a chest width of 42 inches and fit players with 32-inch chests. Extra large jerseys feature a chest width of 44 inches and will properly fit a player with a 34-inch chest.

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