March 18th, 2010, 02:38 AM #1
Where to play?
Thought I would ask the locals. I finally moved down here to LA and want to get into ice. I have been playing roller for as long as I remember, but never been on ice.
What is different about ice than roller other than the speed? The little research I have done confuses me on skate blades. What would you recommend for a guy who's 5'10 170?
I am in Woodland Hills, do you recommend any local rinks?
Oh and gear, what do I need in ice that is different than roller?
March 18th, 2010, 03:07 AM #2
At your beginner status, just make sure your skates are sharp and don't have toepicks. Even advanced rec players have little concern over blades except minor differences in hollows and rocker, in my experience. You really needn't worry about that.
There are a lot of differences. Speed is one as you note. You can carve very sharply on ice if you have good edges and strong legs. Stickhandling is an entirely different animal. If you fall on ice you can get up without losing much distance to where you were going-- inertia works for you. It hurts less to slide but hurts more to fall flat. When you learn to hockey stop properly you can stop where you want to every time. There are other differences.
Where to play in your hood? I don't know.
March 18th, 2010, 10:16 AM #3
Panorama City is the closest rink to you, I think. Iceoplex
March 18th, 2010, 10:18 AM #4
make sure you have ice pants and really good shin guards.
March 18th, 2010, 12:55 PM #5
Thanks guys. I'll give icoplex a call. Is it a decent rink with decent staff?
March 18th, 2010, 02:34 PM #6
Are all rinks around 600 bucks for a season?
March 19th, 2010, 09:50 AM #7
March 19th, 2010, 08:49 PM #8
Yorba Linda 360-400 for 16 games...not including playoffs which are free
so roughly 18 games for 360-400
March 20th, 2010, 12:30 AM #9
I wish I were closer to YL, it is a little far though.
What are your thoughts on pant shells? Anybody actually wear them?
Do the socks stay up themselves, or is there something I would need to keep them up? Or is tape fine?
March 20th, 2010, 02:53 AM #10
Tape is ok but you go through tape which might as well purchase a garder belt for the socks
Originally Posted by dabeechman
Graf Hockey Garter Belt
pant shells are fine but they are just for looks.