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    Quote Originally Posted by MrKing2U View Post
    I was actually talking about Pasadena, since you mentioned you had taken a beginner class at Pasadena that you weren't really satisfied with. Do you remember which level it was there?
    Pasadena only has one adult class. The other ones are for kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrKing2U View Post
    I'm definitely interested in this, or will be once I get shoulder pads and my hockey socks arrive in the mail. I'm a decnet/intermediate-ish skill roller hockey player and total beginner on ice
    Quote Originally Posted by Nyssa42 View Post
    I am also very interested in this....can't do it for a few more weeks, but that is a great time for me!
    PM sent.

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    I just went to the F rink at the Kings Valley Ice center in Panorama City for a public skate to see how it was, and wow, they really don't maintain their ice at all. The boards were warped and in many spots the ice didn't sit flush all the way to the boards, plus there were speed bumps everywhere. Seemed like the other "G" rink there was in better shape, but all their early AM stick times are on their "F" rink. Anyway I'm probably going to go check out the stick time this Thursday morning maybe the ice is better in the morning.

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    That's as good as it's gonna get man. The good news is summer's ending so afternoon stick times are clearing up. We had 8 people at the 1:30 session on the Glacier rink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrKing2U View Post
    Anybody know how busy the early morning weekday sticktimes in Panorama City are? I'm in the same boat as the original poster - just bought my first pair of ice skates a few weeks ago and have gone to maybe a half dozen public skate times. I've got a decent amount of roller hockey experience so pretty much everything translated quickly other than stopping - and at public skates I can't really practice stopping the way I'd like to with all the pedestrians and kids everywhere. All I've been able to figure out so far is the one-footed snow plough, I think by getting in full gear and just falling on my rear end 100 times I could figure it out in one or two stick times.

    Oh and as a side note, does anybody have any experience with the adult beginner hockey classes in Burbank or Pasadena? Those are the closest rinks to me and I'm thinking of taking a class there because my goal is to play in the lowest level league they have by next spring/summer
    I have been to the Wednesday night adult beginner hockey class in Pasadena, I think it is worthwhile. I have also been going to the class at Culver City, more about that in a minute.
    Mostly, skating, passing, and puck-handling practice, not perfect but I think they do a pretty good job.
    Complaints I have heard, too much time taken explaining drills, not enough feedback from coaches.
    These are the same complaints at every class, valid but what can be done? I don't know.
    One plus at Culver City is the adult class has the whole rink for the class, Pasadena is cross ice with 1/3 of the rink.

    Again, lots to like about theses classes even with some imperfections.

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    More dumb questions re: Toyota Center. Are there locker rooms? I asked a TSC employee once, and she said there weren't, but that can't be right. No way would they want a bunch of guys getting dressed in the lobby. So where is the locker room, and is what time do they open the building for the 6am skate? Also, I just got a SHK stick for practice at home. Can I start off on the ice with that, or should I get a "proper" ice hockey stick?

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    There are 11 locker rooms @ TSC (if you count 3A and 3B as two, which you should).

    The employee with whom you spoke was mistaken... or stupid. Or possibly it was someone in a jacket-stealing scheme whereby (s)he steals employee jackets in a diabolical plan to mislead hockey players and figure skaters.
    ... probably a Ducks fan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FishMonger View Post
    There are 11 locker rooms @ TSC (if you count 3A and 3B as two, which you should).

    The employee with whom you spoke was mistaken... or stupid. Or possibly it was someone in a jacket-stealing scheme whereby (s)he steals employee jackets in a diabolical plan to mislead hockey players and figure skaters.
    ... probably a Ducks fan.
    O I think you are mistaken fishy...There is 13 now. With 2 near the small rink just past the bottom exit door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudfisher View Post
    O I think you are mistaken fishy...There is 13 now. With 2 near the small rink just past the bottom exit door.
    Those don't count.
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    Quote Originally Posted by befranklin View Post
    Also, I just got a SHK stick for practice at home. Can I start off on the ice with that, or should I get a "proper" ice hockey stick?
    You can technically use that stick on ice just if you're going to practice stick handling, but because of it's ABS blade it's going to have horrible puck feel and there's now way you can effectively shoot an ice hockey puck with that as the blade will just flex and make the puck flutter. I always take 2 sticks to any hockey thing I do anyway in case I break one, so if I were you i'd get a wood stick with an all-wood (no plastic/abs) blade to use as your primary ice stick and then you can take the SHK as a backup and use that for home practice. The Sherwood 5030 is a pretty classic pick for about $35
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