As darlon stated thats a great approach.
I started doing the same maybe about a month of skating and i hit up my first LGK pick up and it was great. They actually let you play the puck and back off a bit and let you play which is awesome. Just had my 2nd LGK pick up game and was fun and same experience as before. Just go out to public skates and try things.
Also i dont think you need expensive equipment went with one of those package deals from HockeyMonkey for 80$ and everything is great for pick up games.
As someone else stated, the wrist guards aren’t really necessary if all you’re doing is playing LGK pick up games. We (for the most part) don’t get a ton of hooks or slashes, unless you are Fishmonger, Mudfisher (BTW, WTF is up with all the fish references?...) or Ocifer Mike. These guys are fast and have great hands, so the only way I know how to slow them down is to give them the hook and go waterskiing. When you play an LGK pick up game you’re given room to move and play as best you can. None of us are there to get noticed by any scouts.
About your gear... The cage is probably one of the most important items you can have. Or at least I believe it to be true. I’m an engineer, and taking a puck to the mouth is nasty business. I’ve seen it happen while playing and it’s a real downer for everyone on the ice and bench, not to mention that you get to see a dentist quite a few times over the coming weeks after an event like that.
I’ve always gone with gear that is safe first and comfortable second. I figure that if I’m wearing comfortable gear and something happens (like the aforementioned puck to the face) it will suck immensely more than the general annoyance of wearing uncomfortable gear. This goes for shoulder pads as well. I play with full shoulder pads so that if I take a puck or a stick to the chest it won’t really hurt that much. I see guys wearing just shin guards, elbow pads and a helmet, and it makes me cringe.
Oh yea… shin tape or a Velcro strap is a must. The tape for the elbow pads is because they fall down your arm when the elastic gets old, and bastards like me are too cheap to buy a new pair.
Regarding getting “better”… it’s all relative. You aren’t going to make it to the show. The best you can hope for is to sub in an ECHL game like Howie did for the Steelheads (last season?). If you’re just going to go goof around with us on a random Saturday night and drink a few beers, don’t beat your self up when your shot goes wide, you miss the mark on a pass or the puck falls off your stick when exiting the defensive zone. We’re all here to have fun and enjoy the game for what it is. It’s a fun way to burn calories and be closer to the sport you love. Well, this is how I feel about it. Your results may vary.
See you at pick up some day!
quote from Jammer06
"Other items of interest
Hockey jock and cup
This is MORE than other items of interest, should be PRIORITY ONE. :roll:
Just try on as many pairs as you can afford and go for the ones that feel the most comfortable and as if you don't know you have them on. I think pants might be the hardest for new players to gauge if they fit or not. It's hard cuz you don't usually have your cup and shins on as well. As a newer player you don't want to worry about falling and the lower end pants don't have as much padding in the behind. You may not need the high end thigh pads but you will be happy you have the comfy but protection.
Shaddy, do you need more gear? My husband's old pants would probably fit you. He also has a whole set of gear which he is willing to part with, except gloves which I have stolen from him. PM me if you want to try his stuff. I know we live far away, but I am always driving all over the city.
Except you will need to buy your own cup and the underwear thing to hold it!! :)
Thank you for the offer Nyssa. Im medium sized in the shoulder pads and elbow pads. But tomorrow i am going to still go to a hockey shop to get my pants measured.
Originally Posted by Nyssa42
What sizes are the gear?
No, we just suck.
Originally Posted by xLAxKingsx
Update: Bought some gloves today, but no stick yet.
However i did get my backwards skating down much better.
I'm a goalie but I rely on Hockey Monkey's clearence stuff myself. I'm sure the skaters dept will have the same kind of hot gear models from a couple of years ago that sell for dirt cheap today just to rid them. Problem w/this route however are all clearence sales are final so you have to be extremely careful of what you get. So far I've been very lucky...with a boat load of saved cash.
If you need pants, I have a relatively new set of Bauer X40 that I can unload for pretty cheap--I'd normally give it away but I just paid $7K for my dog's back surgery! Let me know!