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09-19-2007, 11:14 PM
Join Date: Sep 2007
Hank, some respondents mention that you "will get used to the speed" or something to that effect. I'm not so sure. When you look at development past puberty, hockey is pretty much ALL about speed. Are you fast enough to execute what you do well and can you keep up with the pace?
From Mites to the NHL, hockey games are pretty much the same. Players skate offside, miss passes, and lose the puck to other players. The only difference is at which speed.
As you age, your conditioning may suffer. And from the sound of it you weren't a high-level player to begin with. Hardly the recipe for continued success.
I play 35+ at age 39, weigh about 35 pounds too much (225 at 5'8", which puts me something like 70 pounds over those medical chart guidelines!), but am one of the top scorers because my skill level is alright despite not playing/skating at all for the past 15 years. Why? Because I don't have many guys that are buzzing around.
There have been two times I subbed in at the A level and I have been to some lunchtime open hockeys to get prepared. I'm the same guy, but in that setting it is all I can do to keep up. Forget standing out.
Our rink has SEVEN levels of Men's League.
Not every rink does. It may be worth exploring another level. Face it, the league isn't going to slow down and you are unlikely to speed up a lot. Why piss into the wind when you may enjoy something more your pace.
One issue we have is that the 35+ was the first place our Director steered players if they were older. Now on its second rendition, the league has attracted many Elite and A players. Going forward the weaker players will be steered to Novice or C, despite their age. I only mention that to illustrate how hard it is to get every player at the right level.
No matter what you do some people will be stronger and weaker in their category. As long as nobody is too far out of whack the league will be healthy and the players should be happy.
Nobody in Elite would want me on their Wing, so even though I might enjoy it that doesn't mean it is the right place for me.
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