What are hockey socks called? There are two different kinds of hockey socks, knit socks and performance socks.
What do hockey socks do? Hockey socks are an essential piece of gear that you need to play hockey because they help hold your shin pads in place. They also form a distinguishing part of a hockey team’s uniform.
Are hockey socks necessary? Are skate socks necessary to play hockey? Absolutely not! Many players, including myself, go barefoot in their skates for a variety of reasons. I choose not to wear skate socks because I like my skates to fit as tight as possible.
What length hockey socks do I need? Hockey sock sizing is about as easy as it gets: it’s simply measured as the length of the sock. The sock will run from your ankle to about 75% of the way up your thigh (to meet the Velcro tabs on your jock). Since socks are simply measured according to length most brands do not have a “youth” or “adult” size.