Category: Hockey Lessons

Review: Skokie Intermediate Adult Hockey class ★★★★☆

Review: Skokie Intermediate Adult Hockey class ★★★★☆
After taking beginner lessons at two different rinks, I decided to try something a little bit harder. I seem to have most of the basic skating fundamentals down, so I went ahead and signed up for the “intermediate” adult hockey lessons at The Skatium in Skokie. The results were surprising. Target Audience: The adult intermediate... Read more »

Review: Johnny's Ice House Hockey 101 class ★★★★★

Review: Johnny's Ice House Hockey 101 class ★★★★★
This summer, I took the Hockey 101 lessons at Johnny’s Ice House, a hockey rink located in Chicago. The class was more fun than a Patrick Kane hat trick, and I learned a lot.  But most importantly, this class was intended for absolute beginners, so I fit right in. Here is my review of the... Read more »

Review: Franklin Park INTL Adult Hockey Clinic ★★★☆☆

Review: Franklin Park INTL Adult Hockey Clinic ★★★☆☆
In May 2013, I decided that I wanted to learn how to play hockey. Eager to get started taking lessons as soon as possible, I signed up for the “It’s Never Too Late” (INTL) Adult Hockey Clinic at the Franklin Park Ice Arena. Here is a review of my experience taking hockey lessons at Franklin... Read more »
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Your First Hockey Class

Your First Hockey Class
Are you all signed up and ready for your first class?  I was and I was really excited, and a little nervous.  Here are my 5 tips for your first class: 1.  Do a “dry run” and try on all of your equipment at home.  See how long it takes to get everything on and... Read more »

No Goalie? No Problem!

No Goalie? No Problem!

Things are finally starting to gel for me in my hockey lessons. Sure, I am still out of shape and have a long way to go before my hockey skills achieve any level of respectability. But something awesome happened in my most recent class at Johnny’s Ice House...

Johnny's Ice House, Lesson #4

Johnny's Ice House, Lesson #4
Getting up early on a Saturday morning to learn how to play hockey is a good incentive to actually get up early on a Saturday morning. But Saturdays over the summer tend to get “eaten up” by other activities. Going out of town or to a convention — as people are wont to do over... Read more »
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Playing my first hockey game

Playing my first hockey game

Late last week, I played my first hockey game as an adult. I did not embarrass myself. A few times, I even impressed myself. Other times, I made big mistakes -- but quickly learned from them.

Oh, and I had tons of fun...

Lesson #6: Pass me the puck!

Lesson #6: Pass me the puck!
For our second-to-last class at Franklin Park Ice Arena, we worked on a mix of old and new drills. We did the usual “skate around the cones,” but with a twist — some of the time, we had to skate backward while handling the puck. I have trouble skating forward with the puck, so skating... Read more »

Hockey Lessons at Johnny's Ice House, Class #1

Hockey Lessons at Johnny's Ice House, Class #1
Last week, I started hockey lessons at Johnny’s Ice House. They have a beginner class called Hockey 101, and a follow-up class aptly named Hockey 102. Johnny’s Ice House hosts a bunch of hockey leagues at varying skill levels, and is also the practice facility for the Chicago Blackhawks. How cool is it that I... Read more »
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Lesson #5: Landing on your head is no fun

Lesson #5: Landing on your head is no fun
My fifth class at Franklin Park Ice Arena was both good and bad. I did well in the drills and scrimmage, feeling like an ideal ice hockey student. At the same time, I fell down an awful lot. During warmups, we were instructed to skate half a lap backwards. What should have been a routine... Read more »