You won't go wrong with the Toyota Matrix, I think that'll be the next vehicle I buy, but what to get really depends on what's most important to you, and there's a lot to consider. Storage space for hockey gear, and appearance, are the only things we know matter to you so far. How about price, reliability, durability, reputation, performance, service (that depends a lot on the individual dealer), resale value, fuel economy,... Toyota, Honda, and Nissan, all do pretty well on those compared to Ford, GM, and Chrysler (can't say anything from experience about others like Kia and Hyundai), except for price, the Japanese brands tend to be a little pricier up front, but my experience is that you get what you pay for. I've owned only Toyotas for the last 20 years, and for quality, reliability, and durability--which are the things that matter most to me, I don't much care about cool--I've never seen anything to match them. They have never let me down, never stranded me, never failed me, and never cost me anything but standard maintenance items. Except for the time one of my children piled up my 1993 Camry, inexperienced driver on an icy road... But that's what insurance is for, it cost me just the $200 deductible.
Do some research, this is a big ticket item, and don't believe anything any sales person tells you. They aren't motivated by your needs or interests. Consumer Reports and Phil Edmonston's Lemon Aid guides are pretty good.