Archive for January 2014

A Classmate Killed My Skate

A Classmate Killed My Skate
I was excited for the scrimmage at the end of class and stayed out on the ice for the first shift, but I only lasted about forty seconds. An opposing player ringed the puck around the net and I swept it up in the corner. I figured I had 2 or 3 seconds to turn... Read more »

'Hawks fans watch my class

Over 100 people watched my Hockey 102 class at Johnny’s Ice House today. Not because they wanted to see “The Hockey Noob” in action — could you blame them? — but because the Blackahwks had practice right after our class ended. Everyone wanted to score a goal with so many people watching, but despite our... Read more »

Review: Johnny’s Ice House Hockey 102 class ★★★★★

Review: Johnny’s Ice House Hockey 102 class ★★★★★
This past summer, I took the Hockey 101 class at Johnny’s Ice House and loved it. Towards the end of the ten-week session, I found myself wanting to be challenged more. Hockey 101 is great for absolute beginners, but at this point I no longer felt like an absolute beginner. Instead of repeating Hockey 101,... Read more »
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Review: Mediclean X5000 Sports Gear Odor Killer ★★★★★

Review: Mediclean X5000 Sports Gear Odor Killer ★★★★★
X5000 is specifically made for sports equipment. The product label advertises it for use on hockey gloves, skates, helmets and protective pads. It can also be used on equipment bags, lockers and “anywhere you store your smelly gear.” The ingredients are listed as: water, ethyl alcohol, propylene glycol, surfactant and benzalkonium chloride. The benzalkonium chloride is... Read more »

Review: Nature's Miracle Stain & Odor Remover ★★★☆☆

Review: Nature's Miracle Stain & Odor Remover ★★★☆☆
I know, I know… this is what people buy for when the dog pees on the carpet or barfs on the sofa. It’s not just for pet messes and can also be used for your hockey equipment. Nature’s Miracle is actually a broad spectrum cleaner for organic messes, including blood and perspiration, which are listed... Read more »

The Stench of Hockey. You CAN Wash Your Equipment!

The Stench of Hockey. You CAN Wash Your Equipment!
Gentlemen, we need to talk. We have a problem. Some of you smell really bad. Really, really bad. You need to know that you can wash your equipment. I know some guys are panicking right now. I will de-mystify equipment care and give all the information you need. We can get through this together. MYTH... Read more »
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Review: Skokie Intermediate Adult Hockey class ★★★★☆

Review: Skokie Intermediate Adult Hockey class ★★★★☆
After taking beginner lessons at two different rinks, I decided to try something a little bit harder. I seem to have most of the basic skating fundamentals down, so I went ahead and signed up for the “intermediate” adult hockey lessons at The Skatium in Skokie. The results were surprising. Target Audience: The adult intermediate... Read more »