the Adult Rec Hockey Source

Blue Line Ice is here to help you get ready to enjoy the greatest sport ever invented. If you know hockey, you know it can get in your blood and become an important part of your life. But unlike running or other fitness activities, the barriers to entry for new adult hockey players can seem intimidating. Blue Line Ice is here to help, offering your complete guide to starting in adult hockey, a celebration of hockey culture and a user-contributed directory.

If you haven't touched a stick since grade school or even if you've never laced up your skates, hockey can still be a lifelong passion and activity. We'll admit it's not the easiest sport to take up as an adult, but you don't have to be Gordie Howe (who played NHL hockey in the 1940s, '50s, 60s, '70s and '80s) to have success as an older player. Get started by reading our "One Step at a Time" guide then get ready to Practice, Practice, PRACTICE!


One Step at a Time -
Pointers for getting in the game

Brush up on your skating

If you've ever ice skated before, you won't forget how to do it and it won't take long to get comfortable on the ice. Before you mix it up with a rec league, you'll probably want to practice your skating, including quick turns, stops and at least some comfort level skating backwards. Better yet, even if you skated for fun as a kid, invest in some lessons at your local rink to learn the right techniques. Then make sure you devote as much time to practice as you can. As an adult, you'll find that skating uses a different combination of muscles than running, biking or other sports. So make sure you spend the time to get in good ice shape by strengthening those muscle groups and ligaments (hips, quads, hamstrings, knees) you don't use as much in other workouts. If you can't get to the rink, you can always use inline skates on the street and do strength and flexibility drills in the gym.

Get some equipment

Well-fit skates are essential. When you're planning your budget, that's the best place for a beginner to splurge. A good (preferably purchased new) helmet is important as well. Most other equipment, such as elbow pads, shin pads and sticks can be purchased at a discount or even used on a site like craigslist. Once you're in a league you will want to suit up the way the other players do (shoulder pads are not required in all leagues) but as a beginner you shouldn't feel intimidated by the initial cost.

Find some ice

Even if you live in a cold climate, we definitely don't recommend you just step out onto a random frozen pond. Consult the local pond hockey community before you try skating outside. They are likely to know which areas and what conditions are safe for outdoor skating. Year round, you can seek out a local rink and practice skating during open ice time or even attend a pickup hockey session (sometimes called “stick-and-puck” or “stick-and-shoot” sessions) for an informal game.

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