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10-06-2012, 09:19 PM
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Stickchecked
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You didn't indicate your skating skill level. If it's really remedial, I wouldn't join a rec league straight away. It's wasted time and money and you won't actually get a tremendous amount of ice time.

Instead, try to find beginner hockey classes where you live. Classes are invaluable and a lot of fun, much more so than rec league games.

Meanwhile, go to every public skate that you can make. You need to skate as much as you can. Inline skating helps too, but ice time is critical. And "stick and puck" sessions are great too if they are available.

From there, I would look to jump into some pickups rather than joining a league. More low-key and considerate to beginners.

Personally, I gave up on rec league games in favor of some good quality pickups. The league games can get stupidly competitive / chippy and I enjoy the pickup games much more. Having said that, I'm been missing some of that competitive edge.

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