April 22nd, 2013, 10:09 PM #1
Im looking to start playing hockey soon...
Well i am saving up some money to start playing hockey for recreational purposes. I'm 19 and like 6 feet or 6'1 not sure, but idk if its still good age for me to start? I have always wanted to play since i was small but could never afford it, i even took ice skating lessons when i was about 8-10 and i have to say i was pretty good at it. But since then i haven't stepped onto an ice rink. I play soccer a lot because it was the only other sport i love as well.
So anyways, i am wondering what equipment do i need to start, where would be a good place to figure out what sizes i need? Where can i get everything cheap?
I want to play maybe when you guys do the LGK pick up games and maybe when i get more money and skill i could join a league or something. i saw some of the youtube videos that were pretty old but it looked like you guys have a lot of fun there.
Well yeah thanks!
April 22nd, 2013, 10:40 PM #2
#1 assuming you're still in the south bay.
19 is a great age to start since the clock don't go backwards.
Buy your own skates if you can afford it, even bottom level skates should last you at least 5 years while you're learning.
Used pads so long as they are clean are the cheapest way to go, might want to splurge on a helmet that doesn't look like the folks as Jofa are giggling if you wear it. People here are nice, skate with them and they'll give lots of incentive to keep on going with it.
Realistic expectations, you ain't making the nhl. If you do I'll buy you a beer. The more ice time you can get the better, learning skating and skills is easier than learning hockey sense. As an adult there's much less ability to be "coached" and learn muscle memory reactions that 10 yo's have had hammered into them at teachable ages.
The game is great, the locker room in a beer league can be as great as any club you've ever joined.
Equipment to start
Skate (can be rented)
Skates (can be rented depending on rink)
Jersey and socks
Other items of interest
Hockey jock and cup
Shoulder pads usually are only required for beer league play
There are learner classes with gear packages usually as cheap as $200-$250 Which will get you the shoulder pads, elbows, shorts, shin guards and gloves plus ice time. Skates helmets amd sticks are up to you.
Total investment is usually at minimum $400-500 in gear with a 10-12 week class. Seasons depend on the area.
April 23rd, 2013, 04:14 AM #3
I started playing roller pickup with the guys at Rose Bowl Hockey, www.Facebook.com/rosebowlhockey when I first started playing. All nice guys, all willing to teach you, etc. A lot people in the area have moved on to ice hockey since beginning at the Rose Bowl.
From there I started ice pickup in Pasadena. Then played in LGK games from time to time. I got my ice pants for $10 at Play It Again Sports. All my pads are pretty nice and got them on clearance at www.icewarehouse.com. This is where I get most of my gear. I paid $100 for my Bauer Vapor skates about 6 years ago. I still use them today.
The more you play the better you'll get. Skate skate skate. And learn to skate backwards. This will excel your skating skills. A good skater is a good hockey player, eventually. Stick time and playing pickup helps. Once youre ready, join a beginner league. You'll get a sense of the game here.
Play with LGK. Guys are cool. It's fun and you'll make new friends. Steer clear of Lappy at LGK games. He's a beast!
April 23rd, 2013, 10:31 AM #4
Go to Jakes and or the Super Stores in OC to get fitted for your skates you will be so much happier and will progress much faster if your skates don't hurt.
Gear from us, ebay and or craigslist is the way to go b4 you invest big money in the sport and either quit or end up replacing once you know what you really like.
I have a bunch of loaner gear and a pair of skates to the cause too. I'm in Hermosa Beach and you can come anytime you can to try on what you need.
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April 23rd, 2013, 10:59 AM #5
Thanks for the replies guys!
@jammer06: Thanks for letting me know what i need to play. I have been looking on craigslist and people are selling skate for only $45 bucks like new? Only thing i don't know my size yet.
@angryking: Thanks for the info, i might buy from there or hockey monkey after i know my sizes.
@SirJW: Thanks, i might check out Jakes cause it might be the closest to me than the OC chains. I might go there when i go see the kings practice either friday or saturday. I want to see what size i am in every equipment. After i get my sizes ill start buying things one by one hopefully.
April 23rd, 2013, 12:17 PM #6
One thing to keep in mind is that new skates will generally hurt your feet while they are breaking in to a degree. Many people often wear their skates 1-2 sizes smaller than their street shoe. For example, I wear a size 9 in Vans, Converse, Nike, but my skates, which are Graf Ultra G5's, are a size 7.5. Also, its always good to support your local hockey shop (jakes), especially if they really take care of you when it comes to trying on various skates and what not. A good fitting skate v.s. a poor fitting skate will make or break your experience out on the ice.
April 23rd, 2013, 12:46 PM #7
I would never recommend buying skates second hand. That equipment, more than any, needs to be perfect for you. And each company does things a little differently. Grafs fit me perfectly, but Bauers fit better on other guys. Don't just buy one brand because someone says it's their favorite. Everyone is different on skates. Go in to a pro shop and get fitted.
You can go cheap on the other stuff, but drop $100 on a decent pair of skates, or your hockey playing experience may very well be a painful one, and not from getting run or taking a puck in the wrong spot.
June 24th, 2013, 09:29 PM #8
Gear im looking at:
Pants: Bauer Vapor X:30 Senior Ice Hockey Pants
Elbow Pads: Tackla Force 851 Senior Hockey Elbow Pads
Shin Guards: Bauer Vapor X 3.0 Senior Hockey Shin Guards
Shoulder Pads: Bauer Vapor X:20 Senior Hockey Shoulder Pads
Tomorrow i am going into the shop to get everything measured. And for sure am picking up these gloves or maybe some other ones. And a stick.
Bauer Vapor X 3.0 Senior Hockey Gloves
June 24th, 2013, 09:35 PM #9
looks like you're progressing well. Just realize for the shin guards you might feel comfortable with an additional elastic band but most people tape it every time they skate. Several people also tape their elbow pads into place. Shin guards are usually over socks. Elbow below jersey. Just one of those things. Once you start getting through your gear you just have to have the confidence to wear it so you can play and thus are the greatest of superstitions born.
June 24th, 2013, 09:45 PM #10
Yeah i figured that out after looking how the pros wear their gear. I probably will be using extra tape to secure the pads in.
I was also thinking of getting a wrist pads, but im not too sure. I mean i will be mostly playing at the LGK pickups, so im not sure if i need that protection.
Going to start buying the pieces one by one in the coming month. Hopefully my skating will be decent enough to play in the next or following pick up game. Right now i just need to learn to skate good backwards. And get the hockey strides going.