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Discussion in 'Rick Middleton's Pron 'Stache: Bruins Forum' started by TheShynessClinic, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. Old Fart Tree

    Old Fart Tree the maven of meat Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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  2. VORP Speed

    VORP Speed Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Got a pair of skates, went out with the kids after their hockey games on Saturday, am at the rink now on a snow day. I’m getting pretty good at left turns, but still don’t have a feel for the whole “stopping” thing. Maybe I’ll take some lessons. Thanks again to everyone here for the encouragement.

    Btw, how the hell do you fight on skates??
     
  3. Dummy Hoy

    Dummy Hoy Angry Pissbum SoSH Member

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    Right?

    Keep at it, glad it’s going well.
     
  4. LogansDad

    LogansDad Member SoSH Member

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    Are you able to snowplow stop yet? Try getting that down first before you start doing the sideways "hockey stop", if you don't. It takes a little bit, but once you get confident stopping everything else gets a lot easier to at least try.

    I'm also glad to hear it is going well for you. I have a feeling that when I'm on my deathbed, my biggest regret will be not learning how to play this wonderful sport until last year, when I was 38 years old.
     
  5. LogansDad

    LogansDad Member SoSH Member

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    Also, I finished my last fitness test as a member of the Air Force today and can officially focus all of my workout efforts on achieving my dream of being an NHL Center, so I'm pretty excited about that.
     
  6. Dummy Hoy

    Dummy Hoy Angry Pissbum SoSH Member

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    The reason you snowplow first is learning to use your edges to stop- once you find the skate you put more pressure on, you can start stopping with pretty much just that foot, and turn your body accordingly. At the snow plow stage, just work on 'plowing' as quickly as you can.

    edit: and LD- you won't regret anything, because you'll have played for years.
     
  7. Dogman2

    Dogman2 Yukon Cornelius Dope

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    The hockey market here in Missoula has blossomed so much the last few years that it is a ton of fun to play as the small city feel (~75K residents) means tons of acquaintances and friends skate. There are 9 leagues now with 2 women only and the rest are co-ed so hockey is taking a center stage around town. Two rinks side by side, one indoor, one outdoor. Outdoor has a roof and 3 walls so on the cold and snowy nights, it can be bitterly cold and snowy on the ice. Last week was -5 with a wind chill of -25 when skating outdoors. My shirt was frozen by the end of the first.

    I've been skating in the competitive league which is below the Cup and advanced leagues. It's basically pretty fast, good passing, positional hockey. Tons of fun. Playoffs start in a few weeks and my teams sits in a tie for second at 9-4. I've been skating with the first line this year and it's been fun as one of my good friends is basically top 3 in the league and he centers the line. I think I have 8-9 garbage goals off of his and the left wing's work.

    We were playing the 5th place team who basically needs to win the last two to get in the playoffs. Third period, we are up 2-1 with 6 minutes to go. Face-off to our goalie's left and our defenseman plays puck around to my side. Going for the puck against their winger and instead of him playing the puck on the boards, he just jacks me up in the head with a cross check in the right temple and I went down. Hit the back of my head on the ice. I don't remember skating back to the bench. Ref didn't make a call and I didn't finish the game. Couldn't shake the stars. I was told I was helped back to the bench. I have no clue who hit me. Our captain spoke with the refs after the game to let them know I didn't finish the game.

    Rules are explicit. Any opposing player injuring another gets an automatic suspension for one game. Severity of injury merits longer suspensions. Just received an email that the opposing player is suspended for the rest of the season and playoffs and the ref must retake the certification test this offseason. USA Hockey and the rink don't fuck around with injuries to any player.

    I feel better this afternoon but last night and this morning were not pleasant. Fortunately, my sister is an ICU nurse and I stayed with her last night as a precaution.

    Just BS that this shit still happens in league play.
     
  8. LogansDad

    LogansDad Member SoSH Member

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    It's good he got suspended, but a banning seems like it might be more appropriate. We all have real fucking jobs we need to go to, and there's no fucking place for that shit. Head shots are fucking scary, and it's worse when they are clearly intentional.

    I'm a little pissed today because I've been trying to get onto a Bronze B team with the guys and girls I went through my first learn to play class with. They are 1-22 this year, and had a slot open. I didn't join this past season because I thought I was going to be going TDY for a month and a half, and didn't want to make the commitment to the team knowing that. But the time my trip got canceled, rosters were set, but I let the captain and some players know back in October that if there was anything I could do to get on, then I would do it. So, with the new season starting, almost everyone on the team wanted to get me added, but the captain had another guy he met along the way that he wanted to join. So, they put it to a vote, and I won, but instead of putting me on the team, he decided they were going to do full team pre-pay this year, which allows them to have three subs, and he was going to "let" me be the sub. Mind you, it took almost two weeks for him to figure this shit out, and now almost all of the other teams have filled up, so I can't even get a full time slot somewhere else. I know I should just write it off, but I really like everyone on the team except for this dink, and it's also a position where I know I can step in and make the team better as well, so I'm really frustrated. (The same guy just got kicked off his Bronze A team because "they had some other guys they wanted to get on the team".... totally not because he's a dick. Really.)

    I think I might just take the learn to play class for a third time, and worry about finding a team after I retire and (likely) move at the end of the year.
     

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