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12-18-2005, 06:06 PM
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Originally Posted by PuckChaser
Hey folks... just new to this board so will say hello first off.

After having been a huge hockey fan for years, I decided to take the plunge and start playing some shinny hockey with some guys at work a month ago or so after NEVER having played ice hockey in my life before, as well as having limited skating ability and not being on skates in 10 years.

I've been soooo stoked to play lately! It's quickly gone from an "OK, I'll try it once" to a passion - addicted like a drug. Feels totally crazy to be so stoked to play after having zero experience before...

I'm mid-way through my thirties, so I didn't think I'd have a remote chance of playing well. Turns out, I'm progressing really fast, and now REALLY hungry to get better and better. Skating backwards came fairly easily for me, although I have still many limitations that I need to hammer out to be much more effective in a game scenario.

Trouble is, the once a week shinny isn't enough - I want much more practice time on the ice- soooooo....

This leads me to a question....

I'm thinking of now doing the Drop-In Shinny Hockey at a local arena. What usually happens at these? Are these literally drop-in players that you just meet and decide a team? Are they pre-organized? Are they tolerant of different skill levels?

I feel like I want to be on the ice everyday!

BTW - this is a great forum to discuss these things.



What will happen is everyone will go on the ice with usually gloves, helmets and skates. You split the players in half. Hopefully you have two goalies (who wear all their normal gear). Without goalies it's not as fun (nets usually get turned around so you cant score from half.

Then you play 5 - 5 with the rest of the teams on the benches.

The quality of player I find is usually pretty low. You've usually got your teenager that tries to deke everyone out, old timer that thinks he's in the NHL, and the rest at these things.

Everyone expects a wide array of talents so I wouldn't be timid about going at all.

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