I live in Ottawa and i'm interested in learning how to play hockey / joining a team. I don't really have any prior experience, although i was on skates when i was 2 and playing hockey for a few years when i was really young. Stopped playing completely when i was like 8 or something. I'm 19 now and i am interested in getting back into it.. other than the odd pickup game at a local rink once a year and getting out on the canal a couple times every month i don't skate at all.
What would be the best way to do this? obviously joining a competitive team isn't really an option, i wouldn't make the team as i dont really know how to play.. Not that my hockey sense isn't good, i am very knowledgeable when it comes to hockey(compared to my friends) and i know all the rules etc. but playing is a different story!
Any kind of "camps" out there maybe for older people who aren't very skilled at the game? I'm just looking to do this as a hobby and have some fun!
If you can skate and you can play a little bit, hit the outdoor rinks too. Sure, you won't be the best one there, but you can still get the feel on your own a little bit. It's never too late to start, especially when it comes to hockey!
Like others have said, check with the City of Ottawa, they have all kinds of hockey stuff for people of different levels.
There are also some senior leagues with different tiers based on skill level and you can submit your name as a spare or try to get yourself onto another team if you're interested. Ages 19 and up. I'll actually be playing this summer for the first time in a 'league' atmosphere in one of these.
You could also sign up to play in the Ottawa Trevellers men's hockey league. It goes from division 1 (strongest) to division 21 (beginners). You can sign up under the "Spare skaters" link and specify your skill level etc.. A team looking for a skater would contact you at that point.