Archive for November 2013

New equipment will feel better with time

New equipment will feel better with time
Thank the Hockey Gods, I’m finally at a place where I’m not burdened by the distraction of all my new gear. I have gotten used to how it all feels and no longer notice any weight or bulk. Even better, everything has been worn enough times that my gear has broken in, becoming less stiff... Read more »

Review: Franklin Park INTL Adult Hockey Clinic ★★★☆☆

Review: Franklin Park INTL Adult Hockey Clinic ★★★☆☆
In May 2013, I decided that I wanted to learn how to play hockey. Eager to get started taking lessons as soon as possible, I signed up for the “It’s Never Too Late” (INTL) Adult Hockey Clinic at the Franklin Park Ice Arena. Here is a review of my experience taking hockey lessons at Franklin... Read more »

Accidentally Sporty

Accidentally Sporty
Things feel like they are coming together more for me now in learning to play ice hockey. Techniques in classes, drills and skating are feeling more like puzzle pieces I am fitting together instead of alien information. What is newer is a subtle shift in my personality: as a predominantly arty bookworm, museum rat and... Read more »
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Game 6: Full of Frustration

Game 6: Full of Frustration
My sixth game in Franklin Park Ice Arena’s Original Six League was frustrating. We won the game 8-4, so my teammates and I were happy. But this was my toughest game as a defenseman. Mind you, I’ve only played the position in three games, so I still have tons to learn. Many times, I found... Read more »

Review: Bauer Concept II Full Face Shield ★★★★☆

Review: Bauer Concept II Full Face Shield ★★★★☆
Anyone learning how to play hockey should wear full facial protection. Not only is getting hit by the puck an ever-present danger, but your opponents and even teammates are dangerous to you too. It is all but a given that, sooner or later, you will collide with someone or get hit by an errant stick.... Read more »

A Jockstrap for Women! Wait...What?

A Jockstrap for Women! Wait...What?
One piece of equipment I had a hard time wrapping my mind around is the Jill, the female “pelvic protector” jockstrap. I emailed several women’s teams and searched online but could not get any straightforward information on Jills and whether I needed to wear one. Worse, I could not find a single female player who... Read more »
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