Archive for September 2013

I scored a goal and I liked it

I scored a goal and I liked it

The other night I played rat hockey with the Dire Wolves Hockey Club, a group of beginners who get together and play pickup games. Some guys may have been playing for a year, while others have played far less. A few are even from my "Hockey 101" class at Johnny's Ice House. There are no superstars in this group, with the goal being that we all get better by playing against others at a similar skill level.

But I accomplished another goal that night; one that involves a puck. I beat a goalie and scored my first ice hockey goal...

My first rat hockey game: An adventure in learning

My first rat hockey game: An adventure in learning
I jumped at a chance to play in my first hockey game, but it largely let me know all of the things I need to learn and what skills I need to work on to be a better player.  I admit I was in over my head. My sum total of hockey experience to that... Read more »

Photo Essay: What I learned from the Blackhawks Red-White Scrimmage

Photo Essay: What I learned from the Blackhawks Red-White Scrimmage
Photographing hockey is very challenging because the pros move so fast. What amazes me about each frozen image is how much I have learned from looking at them. Stickhandling, skating and positioning are at their highest skill levels in the NHL. Here are 12 photos from last week’s Blackhawks Red-White Scrimmage — and what I... Read more »
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A recap of my first hockey game in an 'Original 6' league

A recap of my first hockey game in an 'Original 6' league
This month, I joined the “Original 6” hockey league at Franklin Park Ice Arena. It is a “novice-level” league intended for adults who are relatively new to hockey and/or want to play in low-stakes, “have fun” games. I had no intentions of joining until my friend Anthony — who has less hockey experience than me... Read more »

Your First Hockey Class

Your First Hockey Class
Are you all signed up and ready for your first class?  I was and I was really excited, and a little nervous.  Here are my 5 tips for your first class: 1.  Do a “dry run” and try on all of your equipment at home.  See how long it takes to get everything on and... Read more »

How to break in your hockey helmet

How to break in your hockey helmet

Normally, we don't wear hockey gloves, shoulder pads and shin guards (among other things) as we go about our daily lives. So putting on gear when you hit the ice definitely takes some getting used to. Wearing a helmet was probably the most uncomfortable thing for me to get used to. But I got over it -- and you can too...

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No Goalie? No Problem!

No Goalie? No Problem!

Things are finally starting to gel for me in my hockey lessons. Sure, I am still out of shape and have a long way to go before my hockey skills achieve any level of respectability. But something awesome happened in my most recent class at Johnny’s Ice House...