Archive for June 2013

A guide to attending the Blackhawks parade this Friday

A guide to attending the Blackhawks parade this Friday
I might be new to playing hockey, but I’ve followed the Chicago Blackhawks for 24 years. I went to the team’s previous Stanley Cup celebration parade from 2010, and have some helpful advice on how you can make the most of this Friday’s Blackhawks victory parade. 1. Take the CTA. Do not drive. Parades, obviously,... Read more »

Hockey lesson #2: I am so out of shape!

Hockey lesson #2: I am so out of shape!
It was all going so well…until the scrimmage. For my second lesson at Franklin Park Ice Arena, we had a different teacher than the previous week. Coach Tony was our instructor tonight. We started off by working on lots of skating drills — striding forward, sharp turns, crossovers and stopping. All the good, basic “forward-facing”... Read more »

Don't be a cheapskate when buying your hockey skates

Don't be a cheapskate when buying your hockey skates
You tried ice skating and decided that you like it. Great! Now it is time to buy your own hockey skates. Next to my helmet and face mask — which protect my brains and good looks, respectively — my ice skates are the most important equipment that I own. In fact, the two things you... Read more »
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So, you want to play hockey. Now try skating!

Perhaps you are inspired by the recent success of the Chicago Blackhawks this year (crazy game on Wednesday, by the way). Or maybe you’ve been thinking about this for a while like I have. But you’ve made up your mind and decided that you want to learn how to play hockey. Great! So now it’s... Read more »

The first hockey lesson

The first hockey lesson
“Congratulations. You all picked the hardest sport to learn.” Those were the words of my hockey instructor, Coach Mike, last week when I took my first hockey lesson. I am enrolled in a class called “It’s Never Too Late Adult Hockey Clinic,” which runs for seven weeks at Franklin Park Ice Arena. The class was... Read more »

I'm learning to play hockey

This year, I am going to learn how to play hockey. There, I said it. Heck, I even wrote it for all of you to see. No backing out now; I really have to commit to this. Back in 2010, the Red Eye newspaper featured an article about adult hockey lessons, which got me thinking... Read more »
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