August 8th, 2013, 06:45 PM #11
Back in '93 I heard about the Kings and Luc and Gretzky and Hrudey and McSorely and all of that because some friends of mine were hockey fans but I would have none of it. I even remember Run DMC remixing "Down with the King" to "Are you down with the Kings?" (maybe it wasn't an official remix by Run DMC but I remember hearing it once or twice). I didn't give hockey a chance until maybe 10 years later when some coworkers started playing roller on the weekends. I watched them play and it seemed like fun so I joined up with them. It wasn't until shortly after I started playing that I went to my 1st Kings game in 2002. Went in still iffy on the whole hockey thing and came out a diehard Kings fan. Been rolling ever since.
August 8th, 2013, 08:14 PM #12
Ahh, the good ol' mylec sticks with the wobbly screwed on blade. Mine was hot pink, cus thats all I can afford. Like $7.99. But then I upgraded to an easton aluminum, like Gretzky used. It was expensive, like 20 bucks at big 5.
Originally Posted by mark1178
I alse remember using bubble tape containers, wrapping them with duct tape and using that as a puck. If the Kings were not playing on prime ticket, or ktla back in the day, we were playing street/alley hockey.
August 8th, 2013, 08:15 PM #13
August 9th, 2013, 08:52 AM #14
When I fell out of my mom, I looked up and said "What da puck chicka?" And that's it.
August 9th, 2013, 10:47 AM #15
I started playing hockey with some friends at the Brea Mall Ice capades rink. It was the most fun sport I had ever played. A teammate took me to a Kings game at the Forum about a year after I started playing. Started going to about 5 games a year. They had a "Bring your skates and skate after the game night" and about 75 people skated after the game (early 80's). Good times. I wonder how many would bring their skates if they did that today.
August 9th, 2013, 12:59 PM #16
My son Jeff played at Brea with the Bay Harbor Red Wings in the early 70s. I was sorry to see the rink close
August 11th, 2013, 01:05 AM #17
Seeing the "I'M LISTENING TO THE F'N SONG!" scene from Slapshot when I was a lad. Though I was only 5, I decided that I had found my favorite sport.
My mom was horrified.
August 11th, 2013, 08:49 AM #18
Back in like 1982 we used to play roller hockey on roller skates on my friends driveway. We used old broomstick handles and nailed any piece of wood that was remotely close to resembling a stick blade to it. For the puck, my friends older brother's expired can of Copenhagen snuff, filled it with rice, wrapped it with electrical tape and we were good to go. I clearly remember getting checked against the garage door by the older kids. It never really hurt though since the springs on the door gave it some cushion.
That was my first experience with the game. Two years later my pops tooks me to my first game at the Forum in 1984. I was hooked. I started going ice skating in 86 at Paramounts Iceland, and I used to find broken sticks in the trashcans there and bring them home for repair...which meant to wrapping a tight layer of duct tape around the fracture point. I started taking clinics at Paramount and eventually played my first season of ice hockey in 1988 for the South Coast Sabers based out of Costa Mesa. And thats how it all started for this kid.
August 11th, 2013, 09:33 AM #19
Memoriiiiies on the corner of my mind. Man, I remember now that the only part that sucked about my love of hockey when I was growing up was that I was the only one who loved hockey. My best friend Adrian Szabo liked it I guess but only because he rooted for the Habs during the SC final...dick...and my friend at school Tigran played in a league (we were poor at the time so that wasn't gonna happen).
i did have a short stint as an assistant coach for my dad's coworker Dave's midget team, now that was fun. That was probably the best learning experience for me, and taught me a lot about the game, and that it apparently isn't ok to call a 7 year old a little ****er for not working hard enough to dig the puck out of the corner...just kidding....sort of.
it really wasn't until I moved to Cedar Hill tx and met my friends at the grocery store I worked at and really got to play often and be absolutely competitive. Never joined a league, but once I lost some more fatwas weight I plan on joining a senior league next year, probably the same league the VP if my company plays in so, hockey gods willing, they put me on a different team so I accidentally hit him with the puck while he's on the bench for him leaving that Blackhawks puck on top of my Kings puck.