im just curious. i played in a highschool rec league. but once i went to rutgers and chose engineering as my major, i couldnt find time to do anything but study (it was a tough major me personally since i prefer hardware to software, and yet there is a ton of programming involved).
anyways, so yeah, high school rec league was the highest level i really played at. of course we would have pickup games around the house back then all the time, but it wasnt super competitive, just guys skating around and trying to be all fancy instead of actually playing like a team. how about you guys?
We had this thread last season...or was it the season before? I've lost all track of time....
I played HS hockey in NJ & Colorado. In Colorado I made the Junior team and travelled the northwest and Canada. I was recruited by a few Division one schools, the biggest was Alaska/Anchorage, but it wasnt a full scholarship and I backed out just a month before orientation.
I scored a couple of goals against Hurricanes backup goalie John Grahame one night in the high school league, my big claim to fame
I used to play real competitive roller hockey. NARCh and Torhs national championships. Im sure some people here are familiar with those tournaments. I used to play for the Tour Black Ice based out of Suffolk County Long Island. We actaully won the 16and under Torhs national championships back in 2002. The next year we lost to Team Tour USA who featured the ducks prospect Bobby Ryan on their team. Now i just play some rec league hockey cuz i cant handle not playing at all ...Those were the days.
I played Midget AA hockey. I also played in a high school league that had a lot of AAA players. Mel Bridgeman, former Flyers captain, was the coach of the high school team. I am friends with two of his sons. Also, Marc Crawford's son was the goaltender this year, and Marc came out and practiced with us once, it was mind blowing to get a feed from the coach of the Kings.
I landed a big hit on Janne Niinimaa once in a friendly game during the summer! (when he was with EDM, he played with a finnish team that he had some good friends on.)
I played a important game against MoDo with the Sedin twins once, U18 level, we was 2nd in the league, they where 4th and need to win as the top 3 advanced to the PO's, they called in the cavalry with the Sedins and a few other guys who had played at the U20 level/SEL all year and they won 21-0. They are good now, but they where damn good as 16 y/o's... These guys where Ovechkin like talents at that age, before they slowed down a bit around 17-18. Both where 6'2 (they developed really early) and great skaters, and of course had sick chemistry. If you pulled one of them down just to stop the play it wasn't enough because they always managed to pass before they fell, then someone else pulled the other twin down, but he already manged to pass back to the first one who had already gotten up. Ahh I honestly still dream nightmares about it. I think Daniel was like 12+4 in that game...
The highest level I was on was the qualification series for the 2nd tier league in Sweden. I am pretty big (6'3) and got a chance with a 2nd division team (3rd tier) team here in Sweden when I was 15, which was pretty big. Played both there and in juniors for 3 years and then moved around some during my military time before I quit. The military kind of screwed my hockey career some, loosing a ton of hard earned weight there, but that was probably a blessing in disquise (sp?), I was never good enough to become anything really. At my peak I think I could have done ok as a 3rd-4th lineer in the ECHL maybe...
the NHL just kidding! They wouldnt even let me in because i'm a girl. Anyway i've never played any sort of hockey (besides in gym class 4 years ago ) Next winter (2008-2009) i hope to start playing if my parents stick to their word. I have my fingers crossed
Started playing hockey when i was 10 years old, but only street and roller.
At 14 I taught myself how to ice skate, played a few years of house leagues but never played organized hockey until I made a Midget A hockey team in New Jersey called the New Jersey Mavericks.
At the age of 17 I was offered a tryout with the Rockin Rollers and despite breaking my hand playing baseball, I made the final cut and almost made the team. At least I got to score on Manon Rheaume (the first and last woman to play in an NHL game) and skate with some pretty good semi-pro players.
My High School didnt have a team, so i only played travel and house leagues.
Played Midget A for and then went to Quinnipiac college to play division 1 Baseball but kinda got sidetracked, partied to much and got mononucleosis very bad. I was in bed for about 2 months and it really sucked.
I then transferred to Montclair State University and played Club hockey for the next 4 years. Though it was considered club hockey it was a pretty high level of play, i'd say comparable to a good Division 3 or 2 level as we played teams like Navy, Penn State, Westchester PA, MaristUPenn, Marist, Iona, Albany, U of Maryland, Princeton, Monmouth, etc... some of these teams were pretty decent but couldnt ge tthe NCAA certification because the lack of a womens team or their own arenas, etc.
In 2001 my team went undefeated in our conference 18-0 and something like 28-4-2 overall for the year.
We then won the Mid Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Association Championship among other trophies.
I was lucky enough to skate with players like Brendan Morrison and Partick Elias when they were holding out from the Devils, not to mention countless other memories of the 100 some odd career collegiate games i played for MSU. My best game i had a Sitler-esq night and scored 6 goals and 4 assists.
For a kid who grew up playing sports like Baseball, Football, Basketball and Soccer - it was very different for everyone i knew to understand why I loved hockey so much and wanted to start so late as i did. But my parents supported me and I somehow managed to learn how to become a very good skater on my own.
When I won the college championship it really felt like winning the Stanley Cup, because for a kid that started playing when he was 14 it was a long shot to reach that level on my own. Though i was scouted by semi pro leagues and leagues over seas i never felt the need to go any further because I had pretty much completed what was in my mind a mission of sorts.
I got my degree and still play in a beer league from season to season, but whats important to me is that ring on my dresser and a few very close friends i made during those years.
Sorry for the rant but i get all wound up about it.
Last edited by HockeyBasedNYC: 09-11-2007 at 05:59 PM.
one time my friend got into a fight with Sebastien Caron.(incase you didnt know he was with anaheim last year and actually got his name on the cup but he was on pittsburgh at the time) in a mens league. my friend got suspended and Caron got nothing.
oh and i played highschool league
Last edited by Gunnar Stahl 30: 09-11-2007 at 07:04 PM.
Played every level from Mite to Midget, all through HS, thats it though, I've been out of HS for 2 yrs. now, want to play organized, but not with a bunch of 30 and 40 yr olds. Oh I also played in NHL Breakout (rollar hockey tourny sponsered by the NHL) for 4 straight years, 6, 7, 8, and 9th grades, our team finished 1st place one year in our age brackett.
i used to play pretty competetive roller hockey.. I was pretty good and loved playing and once i reached high school i really wanted to play ice because i knew that i was good enough to be on the team... but i went the other route and got fat and hairy and now im thinking about going into the competetive chicken wing eating circuit.
I've played 1 pick up roller game last year, 10-15 times i played 3 on 3's roller...when i was a kid i played in my buildings backyard in queens against 2 kids from isreal and 2 kids from forest hills...thats when i first found out what hockey was (at 7)..i thought they were playing some kinda american version of hurling..
skated on ice like 4 times, last time was with my wife & i got a little cheeky after about 2 hours of holding hands and skating 2 mph.. i ended up crashing into a bunch of kids and banged my head of the ice and had the guys in the orange jackets help me off... never again...