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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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...
"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.
This video, from the excellent website How-To Hockey, has given me perhaps the best advice I have heard in a while. The title of the video, Don’t Shoot the Puck, is misleading, as it effectively explains how new players should shoot a hockey puck. Before I saw this video, I would just whack at the... Read more »
Since I started learning to play hockey just over two years ago, I have written about all of my "firsts" -- from my first lesson, to my first game, to my first goal, to my first championship. Now I must tell you about a first I am not very proud of. Not too long ago, I got my first "own-goal;" that is, I accidentally knocked the puck into my own net.
If you told me two years ago that one day, I would play on a hockey team with teal jerseys and a video game character as our logo, I would have said that you were crazy. Me? Play hockey? But I suck at sports and can barely skate. Yet here we are, two years later.... Read more »
Hockey lessons aren't cheap and ice time is at a premium. You might take an hour-long lesson, but how much learning do you do during that hour? You take your turn in drills and try your best, but what else can you do? I've thought of four ways that I've tried to maximize my time spent on the ice during my hockey classes...