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02-19-2007, 11:52 AM
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OT: Learning hockey at an older age?

Hello,

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!

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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!
I've seen quite a few flyers and such advertising adult hockey schools for beginners at local rinks.

You should go to your nearest local arena, and check out the bulletin boards.

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I got into playing when I was 18 or so. There are adult hockey lessons available. Check the city of Ottawa website.

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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.

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What part of the city do you live in? I can give you a hand pinpointing some things to try.

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try this link.

https://www.ollsonsports.ca/main.html

thay have adult programs.

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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.

http://www.ottawatravellers.ca or http://www.osmhl.com/

I'm assuming you live in ottawa.

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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.

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Weekday mornings at the Sensplex, they have adults that are just learning out there.

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The city of Ottawa clinics are the best IMO
They aren't overly expensive, and if all you want is the fundementals of hockey and skating, it's the best bang for your buck.

Puckmasters and those other clinics are more expensive , and more 1 on 1 time. But you don't really need that when you're starting out.

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I taught my friend how to play at the age of 16. Wasn't too hard for him to pick up and now he's captain of the top team in our league (still a rookie). So yeah, it's not impossible, good luck.

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