Category: Hockey Games

Noobs Needed for Spring Heartland Hockey League

Noobs Needed for Spring Heartland Hockey League
If you are a relatively new hockey player looking to play actual hockey games — not just scrimmage or rat — then I suggest you go to the American Heartland Ice Arena website and sign up for their Novice League. I play in the league right now and I think it is very good for... Read more »

Photo Essay: 5 Things I Learned from Game 1 at Johnny’s Ice House West

Photo Essay: 5 Things I Learned from Game 1 at Johnny’s Ice House West
Last Saturday morning was our first game in the Hockey 101 class at Johnny’s Ice House West. Sal brought the camera along and got a lot of shots. Just as I learned a lot from seeing the still images from the photos I took during the Chicago Blackhawks “Red-White” game, I learned more specific things about... Read more »

First game, first goal, first penalty in a new "noob" league

First game, first goal, first penalty in a new "noob" league
I played my first game in a brand-new hockey league for beginners last Saturday. It was the most fun I’ve had on the ice all year. The Heartland Novice Hockey League is exactly what “hockey noobs” in and near Chicago were hoping for: a league by beginners and for beginners like me. Participants were carefully... Read more »
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Game 10: A last-minute win

Game 10: A last-minute win
There was a lot on the line for our tenth and final regular season game in Franklin Park’s Original Six recreational hockey league. This game was against Detroit, a team we tied but could not beat in our second game of the season. If we won this game, we would clinch second place. This would... Read more »

Game 9: Not bad for a noob

Game 9: Not bad for a noob
After a two week break, my Toronto team returned to the ice to play against the Ottawa team. It was a “Battle of Alberta,” but held in the Chicago suburb of Franklin Park and watched by almost no one. A few of my friends came to heckle me cheer me on, though, which was awesome.... Read more »

Game 8: Hitting my stride

Game 8: Hitting my stride
My team’s eighth game of the season in the Franklin Park Original Six League felt really good for this beginning hockey player. Perhaps for the first time, I thought that I could be an actual part of the game — not just a guy who “tries to keep up,” or “not embarrass himself” or “lucks... Read more »
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Game 7: Nothing to See Here

Game 7: Nothing to See Here
My first season as a player in the Franklin Park “Original Six” League is winding down. I was initially resistant to joining a league less than three months into my hockey odyssey. I mean, who in their right mind would want to play in real games after less than 20 hockey lessons? Now, I am... Read more »

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 »

Game 5: A narrow victory

Game 5: A narrow victory
After the 7-1 beating we took last week, almost any game would be better. This time, we played a team that we were more evenly matched with, narrowly eking out a 2-1 victory. I also decided to try my hand again at defense. Surprisingly, I did pretty well. I assisted on our first goal, and... Read more »
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Game 4: Clubbed to Death!

Game 4: Clubbed to Death!
My team got clobbered in our fourth game in the Original Six League at Franklin Park Ice Arena. We played the same guys who whupped us in our first game — only this time, they beat us 7-1 instead of 5-1. It was quite demoralizing, since the game was close until the third period. Unlike... Read more »