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Haven't staked in 10 years; should I play hockey?

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06-03-2012, 07:16 PM
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Haven't staked in 10 years; should I play hockey?

A friend of mine is in this ice hockey group (pseudo beer hockey group) that plays once a week. Although I haven't skated in ten years, it sounds appealing. Do you think this is a good idea? Hockey gear will be expensive though.

(It's a non contact league with varying degrees of skill).

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06-03-2012, 07:26 PM
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Do you think this is a good idea?
Heck yeah!


PS. Should be able to find plenty of deals on equip right now.

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Recently got a friend to play in a rec hockey league who hadn't skated in 10 years either, he is slowly progressing, albeit not very good (obviously) but he enjoys every second of it.

I don't think that should be a question for you if you love the game, if you can get all the appropriate gear, go for it man.

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Hockey gear will be expensive though.
Craigslist or Kijiji

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Not to be dumb, what's a list of gear I would need (other than a hockey stick, a helmet, gloves and skates?)

-Hockey stick
-Helmet
-Gloves
-Skates
-?

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Not to be dumb, what's a list of gear I would need (other than a hockey stick, a helmet, gloves and skates?)

-Hockey stick
-Helmet
-Gloves
-Skates
-?
Leg guards and elbow pads are a must, you'll also want a cup. You'll need hockey shorts too, and if you're not playing actual games then it's probably not worth getting body armour but that's up to you.

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Not to be dumb, what's a list of gear I would need (other than a hockey stick, a helmet, gloves and skates?)

-Hockey stick
-Helmet
-Gloves
-Skates
-?
Always a good idea to play!

Checklist for skaters (including what you already posted):

-Stick
-Helmet (cage or shield if you want)
-Gloves
-Skates
-Shoulder pads (optional for non-checking hockey, would recommend anyway)
-Elbow pads
-Cup (a must)
-Hockey pants (some call them shorts)
-Shin guards
-Socks (may be provided by team, I recommend keeping a pair on hand)
-Garter and suspenders (optional, they can help sometimes)
-Mouthguard (optional, probably not necessary in a non-checking setting)
-Cloth tape for your stick
-Generic tape to tape your shin guards in place (use the same cloth tape you use for your stick if you want)
-A rather large bag to haul all this stuff to and from the rink!

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Always a good idea to play!

Checklist for skaters (including what you already posted):

-Stick
-Helmet (cage or shield if you want)
-Gloves
-Skates
-Shoulder pads (optional for non-checking hockey, would recommend anyway)
-Elbow pads
-Cup (a must)
-Hockey pants (some call them shorts)
-Shin guards
-Socks (may be provided by team, I recommend keeping a pair on hand)
-Garter and suspenders (optional, they can help sometimes)
-Mouthguard (optional, probably not necessary in a non-checking setting)
-Cloth tape for your stick
-Generic tape to tape your shin guards in place (use the same cloth tape you use for your stick if you want)
-A rather large bag to haul all this stuff to and from the rink!
I have a gag reflex anyway.

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I have a gag reflex anyway.
I doubt a gag reflex is going to help if a puck hits you there.

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Always a good idea to play!

Checklist for skaters (including what you already posted):

-Stick
-Helmet (cage or shield if you want)
-Gloves
-Skates
-Shoulder pads (optional for non-checking hockey, would recommend anyway)
-Elbow pads
-Cup (a must)
-Hockey pants (some call them shorts)
-Shin guards
-Socks (may be provided by team, I recommend keeping a pair on hand)
-Garter and suspenders (optional, they can help sometimes)
-Mouthguard (optional, probably not necessary in a non-checking setting)
-Cloth tape for your stick
-Generic tape to tape your shin guards in place (use the same cloth tape you use for your stick if you want)
-A rather large bag to haul all this stuff to and from the rink!
Would work/manual labour gloves work?

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I have a gag reflex anyway.
If you're a cage guy you wont need one; if you're a visor guy you will.

Do play. You'll regret it if you don't. Good luck and most importantly have fun.

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Would work/manual labour gloves work?
Hockey gloves.

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Would work/manual labour gloves work?
I doubt those would even be legal, and even if they were I wouldn't recommend them. They're designed mainly to protect the back of your hand and lock your thumbs in place. If you get slashed in the hands wearing work gloves or take a puck to the hand it's not going to feel very good.

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You know, I could play goalie?

Or is that a bad idea?


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Just do it!

I haven't skated ever before in my life; taught myself in earnest starting two years ago. Did a few skills clinics, and played my first pickup hockey game in March 2012. Been playing couple times a week since then. Best thing I ever did!

I'm 48, btw.

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Craigslist or Kijiji
A lot of the stuff I find is junior stuff...

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Check out the stickies.

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Stickies on the forums, telling you what gears you need and what not

- I'd add that you should probably get a throat guard, one of the most overlooked piece of protective equipment IMO.

If you think player gear is expensive, don't even bother thinking about going in goal, that will cost you over 1 grand minimum, if you buy new gear then its probably 3 grand

Where in Canada do you live?

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Stickies?
The threads "stickied" to the top of the The Rink section. All kinds of stuff about beginner gear in there! Just do it! There's a whole ton of us that started up hockey as adults here. Just look in the the Noob Chronicle threads and then just go skate!

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I skated off the ice after a game in 1981 and never got back on until about a month ago... Just do it, you won't regret it!

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You know, I could play goalie?

Or is that a bad idea?
More expensive

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also if you havent skated in 10 years you are going to have a very tough time trying to stop pucks...

one of the biggest thing with being in goal is being able to control your edges....

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also if you havent skated in 10 years you are going to have a very tough time trying to stop pucks...

one of the biggest thing with being in goal is being able to control your edges....
Just sit on the goal line in the butterfly position all game, players in the beginner league can rarely elevate the puck. Hell, who even needs skates if you're going to do that? Wear slippers.

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