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#761 mustacheofgod

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 02:10 PM

Mustache do you play? and where, right now play up in Brewster.... northern Westchester.

 

I live in Brooklyn and play at Chelsea Piers in Manhatton, Aviator at Floyd Bennet Park and also Prospect Park's open hockey & stick and puck sessions when the rink is open which is my favorite because I live so close.

Started playing ice hockey two years ago (the tank team drove me to take the ice myself, i'd probably hate hockey if i didn't start playing).



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Posted 18 January 2017 - 03:34 PM

Cool PM'd you. If anyone in NYC area want to get together for a Sabres fan sticks and pucks Id be up for it.

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 03:37 PM

What's the adult hockey scene like in Buffalo? Do all the rinks offer stick & puck sessions and also open hockey? Where do you guys get practice time in? I have a friend back home that is interested in getting started and I'd like to give him some advice of where to go get ice time.

What about lower division leagues, which rinks offer those?

I'd also love to know where strict stick and puck/skate and shoot sessions are held without a game breaking out. The North Buffalo Rink allows games during skate and shoot. Holiday and Leisure Rinks' site says scrimmages WILL occur during skate and shoots. HarborCenter appears to have only public skates and open hockey. The rink at Buff State appears to have pickup hockey only. It's really frustrating for the true beginner, but you can see the rinks' point of view. When there's one person who wants to work on skills and 12 people who want to play hockey, what are they going to do?

 

The North Buffalo Rink had a beginners clinic as of last year. So did the arena in Jamestown. Leisure Rinks has one, too. You should make sure everyone agrees on the definition of beginner. If you can run from the mat onto the ice, grab a puck, stickhandle in on goal and put it away, you're not a beginner and you shouldn't be there. But that's more the person the clinic is designed for, not the person who needs to be shown to hold the stick by the handle, not the blade, and how to get in a proper hockey stance.

 

One final suggestion would be Anytime Hockey. It claims to hook players up with games at their skill level. I kind of doubt that any games are held for true beginners though.



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Posted 18 January 2017 - 03:41 PM

Not sure about up there, but early morning stick and puck sessions tend to be less pick up game oriented.

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 03:44 PM

Not sure about up there, but early morning stick and puck sessions tend to be less pick up game oriented.

Been there, haven't done that (gotten to practice) lol. I guess I don't understand not having truth in advertising. Why advertise a "skate and shoot"? Why not call it drop-in or open or pickup hockey?


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Posted 18 January 2017 - 03:46 PM

I'd also love to know where strict stick and puck/skate and shoot sessions are held without a game breaking out. The North Buffalo Rink allows games during skate and shoot. Holiday and Leisure Rinks' site says scrimmages WILL occur during skate and shoots. HarborCenter appears to have only public skates and open hockey. The rink at Buff State appears to have pickup hockey only. It's really frustrating for the true beginner, but you can see the rinks' point of view. When there's one person who wants to work on skills and 12 people who want to play hockey, what are they going to do?

 

The North Buffalo Rink had a beginners clinic as of last year. So did the arena in Jamestown. Leisure Rinks has one, too. You should make sure everyone agrees on the definition of beginner. If you can run from the mat onto the ice, grab a puck, stickhandle in on goal and put it away, you're not a beginner and you shouldn't be there. But that's more the person the clinic is designed for, not the person who needs to be shown to hold the stick by the handle, not the blade, and how to get in a proper hockey stance.

 

One final suggestion would be Anytime Hockey. It claims to hook players up with games at their skill level. I kind of doubt that any games are held for true beginners though.

Yeah, they're not. Trust me. The Lower/Beginner skates are perfectly competitive for someone like me who is more Intermediate level. 



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Posted 18 January 2017 - 04:20 PM

Yeah, they're not. Trust me. The Lower/Beginner skates are perfectly competitive for someone like me who is more Intermediate level. 

The hunger to get on the ice in the Buffalo hockey market seems to put downward pressure on everyone, if that makes sense.



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Posted 18 January 2017 - 04:27 PM

The hunger to get on the ice in the Buffalo hockey market seems to put downward pressure on everyone, if that makes sense.

 

I absolutely agree with you. I wish I knew the market better. I think the weekends might offer more opportunities, but since I'm not here on the weekends yet, I have no ability to explore. 

Plus I haven't been skating with Anytime because the weather has just been too warm for the ice at Riverworks. This winter sucks for hockey. 


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Posted 18 January 2017 - 04:37 PM

Beginning to play hockey at an older age is tough because the concept of organized practices pretty much does not exist. For me, I'd wake up super early so I could be out on the ice at a rink in long island city at 7am where I'd be the only one on the ice. I then was able to get onto a team in a league where I was woefully outclassed and felt like an embarrassment every time i stepped on the ice. If I had a chance to get on the ice I'd jump at it because that's the only way to get better.

 

The more I played the more I was able to start thinking about the little things (keep you legs moving, stick on the ice, lift your head and look to make a pass before throwing the puck away, keep your knees bent, be vocal on the ice, positioning, etc). There's so many simple little things you can do to make yourself a better player. When you're starting out though it feels like things are moving so fast and you're lucky to do any of the above much less not fall over when trying to turn.

 

These days I'm decent, but not good. I love the sport so much and now that I've moved into my 30's hockey has replaced my social life (I can't deal with hangovers from staying out drinking all the time).

 

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Posted 23 January 2017 - 07:33 PM

First game of the season: Got my stick jammed in the boards and impaled myself on it. Left ribs are all bruised up
Second game of the season: blocked a shot, no biggie. The thing is, the shot hit me direct center 1/2 inch above my belly button. My pants don't go up that high, and my shoulders don't come down that low. Result, the worst pink belly welt I've ever had.

Lets see what game three has in store for me.



Pulled a Patrick Kaleta and caught a slapshot last night.

Pulled an anti-Kaleta by not breaking anything

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 03:28 PM

My league starts up again next week. I took the summer session off in order to play softball. I'm so freaking pumped to get back on the ice again!

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 03:47 PM

I played after a three week break between seasons. Got lit up like a Christmas tree. 



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 03:51 PM

I've been off since February. Opening week vs the commissioners team. Can't wait, as he and I always get extremely chippy in a fun kind of way.

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 04:00 PM

I'm not sure when I'm going to get on the ice this year given this nagging injury I'm nursing. Really bummed about the whole thing.

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 12:24 PM

It appears that, for now, I am retired.  Sigh.  Life gets in the way.... oh well.



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Posted 11 August 2017 - 01:46 PM

It appears that, for now, I am retired. Sigh. Life gets in the way.... oh well.


I had to take almost 2 years off. It happens. Just feels that much better when you can step back on the ice.

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 02:37 PM

It appears that, for now, I am retired.  Sigh.  Life gets in the way.... oh well.


Playing or coaching?

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 04:49 PM

It appears that, for now, I am retired.  Sigh.  Life gets in the way.... oh well.

 

I retired in my early 30's when knee pain from Friday night games didn't go away until Thursday.  Hurting all week just wasn't worth it anymore.

 

Fortunately, coaching kids started shortly after.



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Posted 11 August 2017 - 08:17 PM

The game will always be here and will welcome you back with stick taps and pucks to put in nets. Never forget you love it.

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 10:54 PM

I retired in my early 30's when knee pain from Friday night games didn't go away until Thursday.  Hurting all week just wasn't worth it anymore.

 

Fortunately, coaching kids started shortly after.

We've, I've been lucky so far... knees okay... get some hip pain but seems to be more a stretching thing that set in due some idiotic yoga I tried...  It comes and goes.  Hockey doesn't seem to bother it either way.  Just sleeping on my right side.  Can't complain.  We had a guy skating into his late 60s, but wasn't feeling well after a game and was diagnosed with an aortic dissection.  One more hit and he was done...  he was lucky... but was even more disappointed he couldn't play hockey anymore.  At least you can play with your kids occasionally.


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Posted 12 August 2017 - 10:41 AM

I retired in my early 30's when knee pain from Friday night games didn't go away until Thursday.  Hurting all week just wasn't worth it anymore.

 

Fortunately, coaching kids started shortly after.

 

Me too.

 

The same injury that ended Bobby Orr's career ended mine at about 30.  Needless to say, Orr's career amounted to a lot more than mine.



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Posted 12 August 2017 - 08:51 PM

Playing or coaching?

 

 

I retired in my early 30's when knee pain from Friday night games didn't go away until Thursday.  Hurting all week just wasn't worth it anymore.

 

Fortunately, coaching kids started shortly after.

 

Yea.  In my case it's not the body.  Sadly I am not even coaching next year... I get to enjoy the slow pace of being a parent on the sideline.  It's probably for the best though.  

 

I'm sure I will get back on the ice again at some point... but this year is not looking good.



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Posted 13 August 2017 - 09:56 PM

First game of the year is a 6-5 win. Had a pretty goal. Slapper off the draw from the top of the circles, left post and in.

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 10:39 PM

I live in Brooklyn and play at Chelsea Piers in Manhatton, Aviator at Floyd Bennet Park and also Prospect Park's open hockey & stick and puck sessions when the rink is open which is my favorite because I live so close.
Started playing ice hockey two years ago (the tank team drove me to take the ice myself, i'd probably hate hockey if i didn't start playing).

We have probably played together. I have moved away from Brooklyn since but I was in the first group to have ice time at Lakeside in Prospect Park. I lived right on the park too.

I noticed that in a later post you mentioned that you go to City Ice Pavilion for morning skates. I played there for years too. I was a Great Scottsmen. I Still play with them when I happen to be back in town on Saturday nights.

Just bought tickets for the Isles home opener against Buffalo. Pretty psyched.

Edited by Tom Backyard, 13 August 2017 - 10:41 PM.


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Posted 14 August 2017 - 04:46 PM

Yea.  In my case it's not the body.  Sadly I am not even coaching next year... I get to enjoy the slow pace of being a parent on the sideline.  It's probably for the best though.  
 
I'm sure I will get back on the ice again at some point... but this year is not looking good.


Bummer.

Looks like I'll be coaching this season even though my eligible son will be living 6 hours away. Do not envy you the withdrawl.





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