Front or top loading machine? We got the LG Tromm front loader a few years ago and it works a lot better for hockey gear and soccer shinpads than top loaders since the gear does not float and there is more capacity.
I wash my sons equipment about 3 times a year. Lots of Shout or Spray N Wash, and Borax in feeder to supplement the detergent, and put on all the prewash, extra rinse and heaviest duty cycle available. Borax is good for the smell and extra cleaning. The gear comes out pretty good after that.
I've done the gloves if there is a lot of time to let them dry out, though it may not be the best for the leather.
Panasonic TH-42PX60U, Harmony 670, Rogers HD 8300, 3250HD, Denon AVR-591, Chartwell SL3-5A, Venturer SHD-7000, Samsung 1600 BR.