I think showing your teammates that you are giving the effort every shift, all while maintaining the semblance of having fun.
Just because its a beer league, or lower level, or whatever, doesn't mean its not a hockey game, and should just be brushed aside. If its a good league, and the skill set is basically even amongst all players, just show up, give a solid effort, respect your teammates(and opponents). and have fun..........and bring beer.
From a practice standpoint, skate, skate, skate, and get your cardio up there.
The Beer. It's all about the beer. And not good beer either. After an hour of hockey, I don't want some fruity as beer with a catchy name. Give me a good ole fashioned watery pilsner ice cold.
On a hockey note, I would say it is attitude and effort. You can be the worst skater on the ice, but if everyone sees you busting your ass, people will rarely have a bad word to say. And if you have that attitude, you will not stay the worst.
Not being an ******* and trying your best. The fastest guys I know have horrible health habits, and I'm a health & fitness freak and am much stronger but slower. You can always try to better yourself and that's all anyone can ask. Most don't bother, but they still do their best on the ice. That's all that counts and we never lay into anyone for not being able to elevate their play due to talent. If they don't race for pucks and may as well be a traffic cone out there, then that's asking for trouble
1. Show up. If you sign up, show up to the games. I hate when we can barely ice a team.
2. Pay your fees.
3. Don't dog it. Skate hard. You don't have to be the best player, as long as you are clearly giving it your all.
4. Don't take 5 minute shifts. Kind of goes hand in hand with #3, if you're skating the way you should be, you shouldn't be able to take long shifts.
5. Have fun and don't be a whiny baby.
"People usually get what's coming to them, unless it has been mailed."