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 »

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 »

Merry Christmas from The Hockey Noob

Merry Christmas from The Hockey Noob
Merry Christmas from The Hockey Noob and have a safe and fun hockey season!      
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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...

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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The best advice I heard: DON'T shoot the puck!

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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 »

I scored a goal...against my own team. I feel shame.

I scored a goal...against my own team. I feel shame.

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.

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Puck & Grind 3-on-3 Charity Hockey Tournament

Puck & Grind 3-on-3 Charity Hockey Tournament

On Saturday, November 21, hockey and burlesque will team up for charity. Puck & Grind is an upcoming event that will start the day with a 3-on-3 hockey tournament at Johnny's Ice House that is open to all skill levels -- including new players like us. Later on, the event will continue at the Lincoln Tap Room, with a Blackhawks watch party. Before and after the 'Hawks game, and during intermissions, there will be burlesque performances. This unlikely duo of hockey and burlesque will benefit the You Can Play Project, whose mission is to make locker rooms safe spaces for all athletes, regardless of sexual orientation.

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Review: Johnny's Ice House 3 on 3 Adult Beginner League

Review: Johnny's Ice House 3 on 3 Adult Beginner League

Johnny's Ice House West 3 on 3 Adult Beginner League is going to restart soon for the fall / winter round. This is one venue where beginner players can sign up to play, get placed on a team and build team experience. The cost for this league was $16 a game ($175 total for 11 games), included 10 regular season games, one guaranteed playoff game and a team jersey. Team jerseys are not re-issued if you already have one from a prior round. Goalies play for free but are not given a jersey. If you have been taking classes and are thinking about joining a league, this could be a step between a beginner class and a full sized team.

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