Category: Advice

Five Things I Learned in Five Years of Hockey

Five Things I Learned in Five Years of Hockey
Those of you who read this blog may have noticed that I have not written much here lately. This is for a lot of reasons. First off, I am freelance writing for several other publications, which helps pay the bills (yay!) but also distracts me from writing about my Hockey Odyssey (boo!). Another reason is because... Read more »

Top 7 Reasons Why Ice Hockey is the Best Summer Sport

  Some people think summer is baseball season, but ice hockey is the best choice. Here are 7 reasons why! 7. Free air conditioning. Chicago is pretty unfair in that the weather gets cold enough to kill people AND it gets hot enough to kill people. Skip the heat — and the heatstroke – by... Read more »

9 Goalie Warm Up Tips

9 Goalie Warm Up Tips
By Bill Collins Note: Bill is a goalie on my Blades of Steel team. Recently, he shared some insight on how players can help get their goalie ready for the game — without injuring them! Here are a few do’s and don’ts for warming up a goalie before your rec league hockey game. Some people,... Read more »
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Playing Hockey: A Life-Changing Decision

Playing Hockey: A Life-Changing Decision
Four years ago, I made the decision to learn how to play hockey. And as dramatic as it may sound, it was one of the best decisions of my life. I think what is particularly amazing is that I actually stuck with it for four years. When I was in college, I didn’t stick with... Read more »

Three Things I Learned in Three Years of Hockey

Three Things I Learned in Three Years of Hockey

It's hard to believe that I've been learning the great game of hockey for three years now. I've taken around 100 lessons, have played in well over 100 league games and probably close to 100 pickup games in my three-year hockey odyssey. I don't feel as self-conscious as I used to when entering a rink, but there are still so many times that I feel like a beginner. I've learned a lot since starting hockey, but here are my three biggest takeaways from three years on the ice.

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Would You Lose an Eye Playing Hockey?

Would You Lose an Eye Playing Hockey?
In Game 1 of the New York Rangers-Pittsburgh Penguins playoff series, Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was accidentally hit in the eye by teammate Marc Staal’s stick. Think about that for a minute: a goaltender — the most well-protected member of a hockey team — was hit in the eye by his own teammate, who, when jostling for... Read more »
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Sharpening Up: Back to Class

Sharpening Up: Back to Class
My 3 on 3 teamlet dissolved in 2015 so I returned to the novice classes at the Skatium in Skokie. I feel like going back to class after getting in some low level structured league play is helping me get more out of the class. When you first start skating, you are wobbling around trying... Read more »

5 great, last-minute gifts for a new hockey player

5 great, last-minute gifts for a new hockey player
Christmas is just a little over one week away, and time is running out to get your holiday shopping done. Fortunately, if you have a relative or friend who is a new hockey player, shopping for them is easy. There is so much useful stuff that hockey players need — and most of it doesn’t... Read more »

Best weird bruise ever...

I have an odd photographic souvenir from my 3 on 3 league team this past summer. This big guy on the opposing team was really chippy and bent on knocking the stuffing out of every single one of my teammates. I took a wallop from him along the boards which resulted in the weirdest bruise in my life...

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I don't miss you, Blackhawks fans

I don't miss you, Blackhawks fans

"Oh great, the Blackhawks fans are here."

Every woman in the locker room before our beginner ice hockey class paused when someone said this.

"Wait, aren't we fans too," we asked?

"You know what I mean," she said. "The fans."

We got it. She meant the fans that were here just as spectators.

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