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04-07-2012, 11:29 PM
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Good article in the NYT about us noobs


Any of you in chicago in this class by chance?

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04-08-2012, 12:37 AM
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Originally Posted by nystromshairstylist View Post

Any of you in chicago in this class by chance?
that's good, the video and article are very inspiring

i'm looking to get into real ice hockey for the first time in my mid 20s although i can skate better than those guys : p

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04-08-2012, 09:33 AM
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That background music sounds like its from a circus show...

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04-08-2012, 10:15 AM
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I'm one of those mid-life n00bs! I'm 40, I have three kids...and I just started playing hockey a month ago.

I did speedskating a while back but never tried hockey. I'm finding it to be a lot of fun, a great work-out, and also much more challenging than any other sport I've ever played. There's just so much there to work on.

What I find to be fun is seeing the progress I'm making. Kids usually can't see themselves getting better, it just happens. But I can actually plot it out - first week, I felt like a hippo on skates. Bulky padding, could barely stop, no backwards ability, lucky to even keep the puck on the stick for half a second. Second week, the stick feels like it belongs in my hand and skating without it but in full gear just feels wrong. Third week, I can feel my edges! Fourth week, I can pass (not well), shoot (not well), skate backwards (not well) and I'm even starting to do crossovers (not well).

I went to stick time on Friday evening and had fun shooting. I looked pitiful enough that someone helped me with it (I had missed the first week of my 101 class, which I think may have been shooting) and before I left, I got some really satisfying THUNK shots against the wall. And I even got in the goal twice - once the goalie let me (which I thanked him for) but the second time it deflected off his stick into the goal.

I'll never be great at it. But I can sure have fun with it, and now that my kids are older and I've got more $$$, it's something I can do without any guilt.

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04-08-2012, 10:32 AM
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Its always great to see the sport expanding in America

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04-08-2012, 11:20 AM
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Great article and pretty cool video; thanks for posting it! I started playing just a couple of years ago and it's been a lot of fun to say the least.

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