I have a daughter (6) whose best friend plays hockey, and now she's frequently asking us to let her play hockey too. On one hand, I want to provide my child the opportunity to explore this further -- it might be something she loves or is even good at. On the other hand, I did a brief amount of research and it seems a bit pricey to get into (i.e. purchasing all the gear) when we're not even sure if she'll stick with it.
Are there ways to help a child test the waters with hockey and see if they like it first (before the major investment)? Or is this something where we'll just have make the investment and hope for the best?