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07-26-2012, 10:15 AM
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Hockey in the Greater Boston/Boston area?

Hey everyone, now I've looked everywhere online but can't seem to find a "one stop shop" for all leagues or pick-up games in the Greater Boston region. I live in Lexington, MA and haven't played any competitive hockey, but have been skating since I was a young. I'm 24 now, and having retired from my semi-pro career in paintball needed to find another sport to play and enjoy...that's where hockey comes in. My work schedule is very rigid and won't allow me to really play any leagues but I can do pick-up games at various times/days of the week. Just looking for info from anyone who has it. Also, I have checked out Top Shelf hockey and Stinky Socks as well.

Thanks in advance. (hope I posted this in the right section)

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Sign up for the listserv at yahoo groups. I get at least 4-5 emails per day with people looking for skaters all around the Boston Area.

mass_skaters@yahoogroups.com

Good Luck. There's also stinky socks hockey which I believe is just show up, pay, and play. Look for them online. I've never done it but I have friends who have and said it was good.

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Thanks Snipe. Yeah I saw Stinky Socks...chances are I'll do a lot of their no commitment hockey but wouldn't mind finding a regular group of guys either. Thanks for that email as well!

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I'm from the Boston area and went to my first Stinky Socks clinic the other day as a goalie. The coaches and players were all friendly. They have a skater's coach and a goalie coach.

FMC Icesports is the other big league in the area, but I had a tough time working with the coach there. It was understandable because there was just him trying to coach one really green goalie (me) and 20 skaters.

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[Just reread your post saying you can't do league, but I'm leaving what I wrote for others]

I played in Boston 10 years ago. Even back then I found it easy to find loads of pickups and ice time, you just need to do the legwork and get on the the right email lists.

One competitive league I joined was NESHL. The really nice thing about the league (at least back then) is that new players go through a "draft", where you show up to do drills/play pickup and the team captains sit in the stand and select you for their team. This ensures that you end up on the right team for your skill level. It also helps with leveling the playing field for teams.

The only downside is that the league required you to buy (very nice) home and away jerseys. I still have them but it's an initial investment to consider.

One more thing: I was in Boston during the tech bust and went unemployed for a stretch. I discovered that the city-owned ice rinks had daily free skating in the morning, mine was 10:30am - 11:30am. The nice thing is I got to know the maintenance guy and he would let me take a stick/puck after 11:30 if no one had the ice. I did my best to go daily.

I found it amusing that a mailman was a regular skater there.

If your work schedule allows for it, you should check out the city rink schedule.

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I currently play in Stinkysocks and it is more then a show up, pay, and play. They do have that option if you so choose. They also offer full seasons that are reasonably priced. And the best part is if you pay now for a season that has started it is all prorated. The other nice thing about be a full time league person is that you get a discount on the No commitment stuff. they also have a connection with the Bruins. I am currently playing in Quincy and we have a great bunch of guys and i know there are available full season slots left for the league. PM me if you have any questions.

Also just to let you know I had also not played competitively and i fit right in in my Novice League and the nice thing is we Play on Sunday night at 5:30

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Man Boston hockey sure is bumping. I need to leave the far and between games that I usually deal with on Long Island and find a house next to an ice rink up there :p

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Man Boston hockey sure is bumping. I need to leave the far and between games that I usually deal with on Long Island and find a house next to an ice rink up there :p
Do what I did and move to Canada. :-D

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Just go to websites of rinks around you, a lot of rinks advertise the leagues that play there right on the website. There are a ton of leagues around Boston that play year round!

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What are your work hours? I have hours that vary so I often play both at nights and during the day. Are you looking for walk in leagues or stick time? I would recommend the summer Sunday night skates that FMC has up in Woburn/Burlington. Mostly beginners with a clinic before the skate. If you want faster play, try Hockeytown in Saugus from 10am-1pm from Monday thru Friday but keep in mind the level of play varies daily. The walk in play up in Hudson, NH for Top Shelf can be fun as well. Usually 15-20 dollars to play in a league game. Typically groups have beers in the parking lot afterwards. Nice people.

Stinky Socks runs some good clinics as well. Good luck.

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What are your work hours? I have hours that vary so I often play both at nights and during the day. Are you looking for walk in leagues or stick time? I would recommend the summer Sunday night skates that FMC has up in Woburn/Burlington. Mostly beginners with a clinic before the skate. If you want faster play, try Hockeytown in Saugus from 10am-1pm from Monday thru Friday but keep in mind the level of play varies daily. The walk in play up in Hudson, NH for Top Shelf can be fun as well. Usually 15-20 dollars to play in a league game. Typically groups have beers in the parking lot afterwards. Nice people.

Stinky Socks runs some good clinics as well. Good luck.
Well to explain my work hours as easily as possible, I work 1 week 4 days, the following week I have those four days off. So in a two week period I work 7 days that cover every day of the week. And they continue to just flip-flop every other week. Also every month switches as well. So for example this month I'm on the overnight shift, in September I'll be on days...Kinda crazy hours really.

I have checked out Saugus and I'm interested to give it a shot sometime soon actually. For the Woburn/Burlington area what rink is it your talking about. I live in Lexington so those two towns are right next door. Thanks for this info as well!

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