Can you believe it? It's been one full year since I started learning how to play hockey. Repeatedly, I've been told that hockey is the hardest sport to play. One year into the experience, and I still agree. But I never got discouraged. In fact, most of the people that I met have been upbeat and very encouraging. Plus, I've had so much fun.
Here are some of the highlights in the first year of my hockey odyssey:
- I took hockey lessons at Franklin Park Ice Arena, Johnny's Ice House (their Hockey 101 and Hockey 102 classes) and at the Skatium In Skokie (both Novice and Intermediate level)
- I played one season in Franklin Park's "Original Six" League
- I participated in numerous rat hockey games with the Dire Wolves Hockey Club
- I helped start a new beginner league at Heartland Ice Arena
- Then, my team at Heartland won the league championship
- I wrote an article for Midwest Hockey News about learning how to play hockey
- And I started and kept up this blog.
Of course, not everything was perfect. I was severely humbled at a hockey tournament back in April, but learned a lot in those three games. I also got injured a few times, but I'll save that story for later.
Overall, learning how to play hockey -- even now in my late 30s -- has been a rewarding experience. I'm constantly learning new things, made some new friends and am actively participating in a sport I've loved my whole life. I can't wait to see what he next year brings.
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