At the cottage my parents and aunt&uncle own, in the Kawarthas in Ontario. We could skate all the way across the lake when it first froze over, till the snowmobiles ripped up the ice and it refroze all funny. Luckily they left the rink alone.
I attended last year's Canucks Adult Hockey Skills Camp and got to have a skate at GM Place. Was hella fun.
Me skating backwards, yeah....thats right, I is so fast all you see is blurrrrrrr....or at least that is what I tell myself
This is Heath explaining to us how not to suck when attacking
Skills Camp Photo. David Babych was there. Man he's tall. He told us a story about being coached in Philly to dive at the puck with his stick outstretched to knock the puck away in a desperate situation. He tried it out, and the guy he was marking just skated around the prone Babych and lit the lamp. Bah!
Me running on the endorphins from being able to skate around in GM Place.
Here are a bunch of pics of me (Goalie with yellow pads):
After a rebound glove save in a friendly tournament:
Enjoying a brew after a good round of open hockey with the boys:
Just got owned:
Breaking up a scrum:
And for winning Rapid Fire VII (Tourney series my friend runs), you get to raise your own foil and Tupperware replica of the Cup.
As for the gear:
Pads: Litespeed LSP2 37" + 2"(Unfortunately the company is out of business now)
Glove: Vaughn V-Lite Pro
Blocker: CCM Blockade Pro
Mask: Cohen 200 Kevlar
Chest: Brown JB1700
Pants: Brown JB2100 Pro Return
Skates: Bauer RHG1000 (Roller), CCM 452 (Ice)
Neck Guard: Vaughn
Cup: Bauer Supreme
I play in an Adult Ball Hockey League around here. I've always loved hockey but never seemed to be good at skating. This is my first year in the league and I'm my teams nomination for "Rookie of the year". I definitely won't win the award because there is another rookie tearing it up.
The zippers were originally made for people to pull the pants over their skates when getting dressed. But it has become popular to unzip them in order to get better movement, and because they fit looser. I started wearing mine unzipped and now the zipper broke so I'm stuck with them like that.
Hate to nitpick about rules, but...
If you play in Canada, having the zippers undone or having your pants ripped is against the rules. If referees aren't catching you in warmup, they're not doing their jobs. If the zipper is broken or they are torn, tape them up.