To people who started playing ice-hockey later down the road

cassius
07-27-2005, 02:44 PM
How long did it take for you to pick up skating?

What steps did you take before joining a rec league or whatever?

Jysk
07-27-2005, 03:15 PM
I started to play when i was 11. My trademarks was just my skating along with toughness, not that fast but werry werry smooth skater. It came naturally for me.

My son is 3 yeras old now and in 10 days him and i are going on ice. He learned to skate in November 2004 just 2 years and 4 months old. we skated orund 70 times this past winter and he just loves it. It seems like he was born to play. He even got in to a pratice with 5 and 6 yearolds ( in sweden their leauge is called Björnligan). Their coach dropped his jaw when he sa Eric skate. He was skating better then all on that team.

To night it was raining cats and dogs here but we played street hockey for 2 hours befoure i litterally carried him in the house, he was soaking wet but didnt want to stop playing.

Grave77digger
07-27-2005, 03:31 PM
How long did it take for you to pick up skating?

What steps did you take before joining a rec league or whatever?


I couldnt even rollerblade at the end of the last NHL season (I was 25-26). So I spent alot of that summer rollerblading on trails and playing in a few roller hockey games. once winter came I picked up a sweet package of hockey gear on ebay for $200 and started ice skating. I was surprised by ho w much I had improved from all the roller blading (strengthened ankles/legs). I play open hockey weekly now and can skate fairly well and can skate backwards fairy well (not great). So basicly it took me about 1 year of skating/rollerbading to become a respectable skater. I can skate fast, but dont stop so well. The slower I skate the worse my balance so I usually skate as fast as I can! (Plus people get out of my way!) A couple of years ago i would never have imagined being able to pick up all those skills, so its definity not impossible if you havnt been playing since you were 2.

Jysk
07-27-2005, 03:39 PM
Should say that i played my last year with Clemensnäs HC in div 1 when i totally f.....up my knee. Every thing that could break did so including my patella

Dont know in english but we have SEL, Allsvenskan, div 1, div 2, div 3 and div 4 in senior hockey

cassius
07-27-2005, 03:51 PM
Well, around Christmas I picked up a pair of Vapor's and I have gone skating about 10-15 times. I can hockey stop fine and my speed is good, I just have a few things I need to work on (skating backwards is a big one).

Grave77digger
07-27-2005, 04:11 PM
I can stop, but i cant hockey stop (ice spray)

NJDevs430
07-27-2005, 04:19 PM
My son is 3 yeras old now and in 10 days him and i are going on ice. He learned to skate in November 2004 just 2 years and 4 months old. we skated orund 70 times this past winter and he just loves it. It seems like he was born to play. He even got in to a pratice with 5 and 6 yearolds ( in sweden their leauge is called Björnligan). Their coach dropped his jaw when he sa Eric skate. He was skating better then all on that team...
So, he'll be eligible for the draft around 2020?
}:-)>
I started to learn how to skate last September...I wish I'd done it much earlier in my life (I am now 37). But I am improving... I started on figure skates to learn balance, and I recently graduated to hockey skates. It's going good...it's stopping where I have trouble. By the time I'm 38, I should be good enough to be a consistent healthy scratch in a beer league.

nikebauer
07-28-2005, 01:37 AM
I can stop, but i cant hockey stop (ice spray)

Join the enormous club.

DaveyCrockett
07-28-2005, 05:47 AM
I have been playing for about 16 months. My skating has progressed in a very linear fashion. I am now competant when playing in low level rec leagues but against faster players in higher leagues, I have trouble with my overall skating. It takes a long time to be strong on your skates unless you are a natural.

octopi
07-28-2005, 08:12 AM
How long did it take for you to pick up skating?

What steps did you take before joining a rec league or whatever?

I taught myself how to skate beginning age 15, then tried to play outdoor pond hockey. The first year I was hideously bad and could
hardly move.One problem was I had bought a pair garage sale skates 2 sizes too large. The next year, I went out and got a pair of second hand, fitted skates.Best descision-ever. I then could play outdoor shinny, although my skills were considerably lacking. The local university offered a 'beginner shinny' program which I joined and played in every year.Even at that level, I was one of the worst players every year(bad reflexes), even took up goaltending for a few years(they let goalies play free, and I got to handle the puck more). I'm at a skill level which probably matches that of your average 10 year old. My skating is tolerable, but not overly fast.
My puck handling is tolerable, my puck retriving and past recieving are atrocious.I can't usually get a very good shot off. On the other hand, I do nice, hard, tape to tape passes from anywhere in the rink. Then again, I haven't played in a few years now, but am still fairly young so can always go back...

octopi
07-28-2005, 08:15 AM
I couldnt even rollerblade at the end of the last NHL season (I was 25-26). So I spent alot of that summer


I've been rollerblading off and on for around 15 years (Since my early teens). I still can't do it well,sidewalk wise, have to have a flat,clean surface and I'm fine. Will not use them as a mode of transportation, because I'd get injured. I have a slightly uneven gait, which probably makes it worse.

octopi
07-28-2005, 08:17 AM
I can stop, but i cant hockey stop (ice spray)

I can, but only one way. Looks hilarious is I have to go the other way. Gee, now I'm remebering why I stopped playing hockey. That and my new job....

HSHS
07-28-2005, 10:08 AM
How long did it take for you to pick up skating?

What steps did you take before joining a rec league or whatever?

I started playing when I was 31. I took some skating lessons and played my first drop-in about a month later. I was all over the ice an horrible. I joined a novice league about a week later. Then joined my first B/C rec league about 1 yr after starting. I can now do just about anything on skates: hockey stops, tight turns, cross-overs (forward and backwards), T-stops, jumps, pivots (though I still drag a little going from forward to backwards), explosive starts (ie penguin running).

I highly recommend Laura Stamm's book/DVD if you want to improve.

sveiglar
07-28-2005, 11:27 AM
Grew up skating a few times a year, but could never do anything besides going straight ahead, so I always had the basic stride but nothing else. Started rollerblading in my mid-twenties, and gradually began blading backwards, pivoting etc and decided that if I could pick it up on blades, why not skates? Had a schoolmate that played pickup twice a week and there was general skating an hour before that, so I spent four months just skating a few times a week and then started playing pickup. That was four or five years ago now.

Stopping just clicked for me. I was two months trying to do it and never got it once. This one day, though, I'm heading for the end boards and just turn my heels and bam! Perfect stop. I'm pretty consistent with it now, although to this day I only stop with my toes pointing to the right, never to the left.

Vincent_TheGreat
07-28-2005, 06:06 PM
How long did it take for you to pick up skating?

What steps did you take before joining a rec league or whatever?

Well I never played hockey before I was 10, but I have been skating since I was like 4 or something. But then I got a sports injury and got fat, since then I've dropped the weight and practiced my skating, and its back. I do lots of weight, ploymetric and resistance exercise and of course just free skate. Rec leagues can be fun, but if your a good skater its a little annoying if you play against guys who can't. If they are my friends I could care less if they are on shoes though.

firstroundbust
07-28-2005, 07:01 PM
the hockey bug really bit me around 14-15...I spent countless hours skating at the local rink ( I grew up with it in my backyard) and have basically taught myself how to do almost everything...skating, stopping, shooting, passing...I could use some improvement laterally, but I am in a beer league with some guys from work, the top division...when I play well I fit in, and when I don't...well...thats a different story.

the tough thing about starting late isn't so much the fundamentals, but the knowledge of where to be on the ice in correlation to the puck...that's the thing I have the most trouble with.

Kenadyan
07-28-2005, 11:48 PM
Taught myself to roller blade at age 21. Them my last semester at University I needed 1 credit hour to be considered a full-time student, so I bought a pair of hockey skates and took a skating course (PE credit).

It was great because I learned how to hockey stop, skate backwards, and some power skating.

Later that same semester I joined an intramural hockey team and have been playing on ice and roller hockey teams ever since for the last 12 years.

:yo:

damoose212001
07-29-2005, 03:46 AM
Have fun with it, and do it whenever you can. I learned in 2-4 weeks for rollerblading, but was thrown in an inline game not knowing how to skate, and I'm a goalie, but that was the best learning experience for me because now i'm a pretty good skater. On ice, the rollerblading kind of carried over, a goalie in there also, I learned everything rather quick, skating was already there, but I did get faster in my pads, and the stopping came within a week or so, but all in all, just have fun with it, and the time will fly right by.

ju87
07-29-2005, 03:48 AM
i'm playing in my first season of ice hockey (summer league) at the age of 30 and i'm loving it. prior to this summer, i played one fall season of roller hockey and played pickup roller for about 1/2 year prior to that.

skating wasn't that difficult for me to pick up since i had been on skis since the age of 3 (helps with edge-work) and have been ice skating and rollerblading on and off through the years. don't get me wrong, i am by no means a great skater and i try to learn and improve with every practice. i can crossover both way going forward (left stronger than right), same going backwards and can stop in both directions.

i find that the best way to improve is to concentrate and work hard in practice. playing in league games is also a great way to improve because under game conditions, your adrenaline is pumping and you think less about skating on a conscious level and just do it.

the most important thing is to get out there and have fun and not feel self-conscious about it :yo:

Wisent
07-29-2005, 04:21 AM
How long did it take for you to pick up skating?

What steps did you take before joining a rec league or whatever?
Weirdly enough I am a good inlineskater, but I am a bad skater on the ice (might be the lack of practice).

futurcorerock
07-29-2005, 05:19 AM
Started Inline when I was 16 on a whim, put in a half hour everyday at the park learning how to not fall. Spent 2 years on and off with this until I got pretty confident on my skates then switched to ice skating this past december. Learned the differences through A LOT of open skate sessions (4 hours a few times) and now I can do a lot of basic and intermediate hockey moves easily.

buckyhockey8
07-29-2005, 08:19 AM
I started skating when i was 13, and boy was I terrible. My skates were 2 sizes too big so I skated like a bumbling fool. The next year I joined the nearest bantam age team (It was in a small town so the fact that i sucked didn't matter) I played half of that season and was still not a good skater.
Fast forward about 9-10 years I picked up skating again about 3 years ago I got a new set of rollerblades and started skating around. Last winter I got new skates at a real hockey store ( Suter's gold medal sports) and was fitted with a pair of skates that fit me well. I have since played alot of shinny and some open hockey. My skating has improved by leaps and bounds. That being said I am no Kovalchuk. I plan on joining a level b rec leauge this fall, and am pretty excited about it.

hank_scorpio
07-29-2005, 08:37 AM
How long did it take for you to pick up skating?

What steps did you take before joining a rec league or whatever?

marios comeback inspired me to learn...i was about 22. i started by wearing a pair of cheap roller blades around my apartment after work everyday just to get the feeling of skating down. once i felt comfortable keeping my balance and making turns etc., i bought gloves and a stick and started playing pickup in-line hockey. i pretty much learned the game and the skills and skating with inline and that lasted a whole summer ~3-4 months. before i even stepped on the ice, i learned how to do backwards crossovers and skate backwards at good rates of speed all using in-line skates.

then i bought hockey equipment and joined an adult "D" league and learned the game on ice. ice skating vs. roller blading there are some subtle differences, but personally, i think ice skating is much easier. stopping is easier and you can take turns harder. after about 2 years of playing ice on a fairly regular basis (3 times per month), i got to the point where i was a D league all-star and moved up to C and held my own...

i would guess if you have any athleticism at all and you play regularly, you should be able to be a solid player in 2 or 3 years... ONE WORD OF ADVICE: when you buy hockey equipment and learn to ice skate, PUSH YOURSELF. don't ease into it and go slow, but rather go faster than you may be comfortable with and don't be afraid of falling. with equipment on, falling won't hurt, and you will find by learning this way your learning curve will be much steeper and you'll learn faster.

rekrul
07-29-2005, 11:24 AM
I started playing when I was 31. I took some skating lessons and played my first drop-in about a month later. I was all over the ice an horrible. I joined a novice league about a week later. Then joined my first B/C rec league about 1 yr after starting. I can now do just about anything on skates: hockey stops, tight turns, cross-overs (forward and backwards), T-stops, jumps, pivots (though I still drag a little going from forward to backwards), explosive starts (ie penguin running).

I highly recommend Laura Stamm's book/DVD if you want to improve.

you sound exacly like me, i too started at 31, hadn't been in skates since 12( and I was horrible!) couldn't do anything but stuck with it. Went to public skate as much as possible, then to hockey specfic classes and eventually joined a team. now 6 years later I'm still on the team which has moved up two divisions and still takes advanced classes.

Everyone here has good advice, spend the $$ on equipment, you have the motivation to stick with it. I guess the one thing that helped be was staying in shape off the ice. Early skaters get tired a lot quicker as you are working harder with less smooth strides. Once your energy leaves your balences goes to heck. Our first season our team stocked with newbies got hammered in the 3rd period because we were winded. A solid training effort, with weights especially Squats and Deads helped me out a whole lot. I like interval training as well, I think it mimicks the demands of Ice hockey better than continous cardio.I have seen both male and female horrid skaters get better with time, and everyone enjoys this sport more than any they have tried. Don't get to be in your 50's and think geeze I should have tried that it might have been fun, do it now while you can.

usiel
07-29-2005, 12:23 PM
I started when i was around 27...began with hockey inline skates and skating on basketball courts...forced me to learn how to turn really well. Gradually got all the equip needed for ice and started playing pickups. Playing a ton really helped me. Two pickups a week as well as played in to adult hockey leauges. Plus I started playing with guys who played some college and that forced me to get my skating. After a couple of years I started playing in a much higher league...i could keep up as a defensive center because of my speed but I couldn't be as offensive against guys playing D who played college, heh. Only thing I still haven't been able to master his hockeystopping to my right...guess I'm sugarfooted, heh. Have the same problem skiing though.

It Kills Me
07-29-2005, 01:52 PM
I was 12 just two winters ago. I picked it up in 2 weeks and I'm not that fast of a learner. Now I'm a very smooth skater, speed would be my specilty and ability to get the puck up. Since I play in a league where checking is not allowed (boy would I dominate).

tml_4ever
07-29-2005, 03:29 PM
I can stop, but i cant hockey stop (ice spray)me neither :(

and i can't skate backwards without killing somebody :(

Injektilo
07-29-2005, 05:46 PM
I didn't really learn how to skate till I was 11, and then didn't skate at all really through high school. In university I started playing again and now I play whenever possible basically.


From my experience then, I'd say it takes a couple of years of skating 1-2 hours a week (skating like playing hockey skating, not just skating ovals in straight lines around a rink) to get comfortable at it.


I've been playing with mostly the same group of guys at university for the last 4 years, and most of us were roughly the same ability when we started, really poor skaters. Now, it's odd to see some of the guys are actually pretty good skaters in most areas, whereas some of the other ones don't like like they've improved a whit over that time.

Injektilo
07-29-2005, 05:49 PM
sometimes though, it'll all just come together at once.

this time a year ago, I couldn't do crossovers to my right, do crossovers skating backwards, or do the double hockey stop using both skates. I hadn't been able to do it them ever. by this april though, it had all sorta clicked, and now I do all those without thinking of them. Not always smoothly, but.....

i saw some footage of myself playing back october, and then just the other week saw some from myself playing last month, and I think i'm pretty happy with the improvement, though I certainly don't look as graceful as I feel, hahah.

Keetz
07-29-2005, 08:24 PM
I skated as a kid but never played organized hockey. At 33 I got the bug to get off my butt and do something so I got the gear, and signed up for my local beer league.

I hadn't been on skates for over ten years. I went to the draft skate and puked, even though I had done some hard cardio work a month leading up to the draft skate. As some one mentioned earlier Hockey players need the interval training for bursts rather that long term cardio stamina. ( unless your on my team where only six guys show up every week)

I wasn't ready to start when I did and that was the best thing because your never ready till you do it.

Just go play and have fun, everyone loves the people there who just want to have fun, and everyone laughs at the ones who take it too seriously.

I was the most self concious person I knew till I just jumped in and got over it. Iv'e been playing for 16 months now. Twice a week for the past 9 and at 5'8" I went from a soft 180 to a well defined 155 pounds. My wife can't get enough of me these days :yo:

DaveyCrockett
07-29-2005, 08:25 PM
I would just like to add that natural athletic ability makes a huge difference. I have absolutely none so I have had to work harder than most people. While after 16 months, my skating is slow, choppy and I have no agility, I have improved exponentially from when i started and I keep getting better. I'll never light it up, but I'm gradually becoming a solid shut down defenseman where I can play well in the lowest rec leagues and survive in higher C leagues. If you aren't a natural athlete, trying to think the game and develop hockey sense will help you a ton.