Video: Beer Leaguers try using Chara’s Stick

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Ever watched a Boston Bruins’ game and wondered, “man, that Chara is tall, does he play with a tree trunk?” Wonder no more; our friends at Pro Stock Hockey and How To Hockey have collaborated to bring us a video of a bunch of beer leaguers trying out Big Z’s stick:

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How I Got My Start in Rec Hockey

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Robert Landis (forward); Partner/Origination, private equity firm

“I started playing rec hockey at the tender young age of 50, because both my 8-year-old and 4-year-old sons wanted to play. When I later became an assistant coach, I realized I knew very little about the game (my hockey skills were even worse). I had skated on ponds as a kid and could go forward, but had little ability to turn or go backwards. As my sons got better, so did I. But once each reached the 4th grade, their skills quickly surpassed mine!

“Every summer, we went to hockey camps in Canada (they with their age group, while I skated with the men’s group, who, like me, wanted to get better). In high school, my sons got much better, and one even made All State for his final two years. I, on the other hand, peaked in terms of ability but not the love for the sport, and the need for me to find a year-round form of good exercise and—even better—camaraderie.

“Little did I know that playing hockey would allow me to make contacts across a variety of business enterprises, some that have helped me professionally in my own business, but also personally with my neighbors and service providers, such contractors and electricians, as well as those in public service, like police officers and teachers. I’ve also become involved in helping to run a charity event that involves setting up a men’s competition to play in Madison Square Garden—a great opportunity to give back to the community. All from the game of hockey.”

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Tips for Recreational Hockey League Managers

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So you want to start a recreational hockey team, eh? You have the time, you have the money, and you have enough friends interested to start a hockey team. But what really goes into managing a recreational league hockey team? I’ll go over some tips and tricks that I have learned over my past few seasons of recreational hockey league play.

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September 2015 Update: BenchApp – The Ultimate Team Manager

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September 2015 Update

A few weeks ago, I finished my first full hockey season using BenchApp to completely manage my beer league hockey team and feel that it is necessary to give a few thoughts on the App after getting some real world experience. My full review can still be found by scrolling past this update or clicking here.

When January 1st rolled around this year, the only thing I could think of is my beer league hockey team that would be playing this summer. I recently just reviewed BenchApp and was really excited by the potential of the app in alleviating the effort that went into managing my team. We would only be retaining about half of the same players from the previous season, so I had a little bit of work ahead of me for finding new players for my team. Sure enough, I had plenty of people excited right off the bat that wanted to join my team, so I input their account details into BenchApp and added the deposit money that each player owed to me by March 1st.

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Pond Hockey: The Purest Form of Hockey

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DISCLAIMER: Please use this guide to determine if ice is suitable enough to be used.

There is nothing like playing a game of pond hockey on a snowy day in North America.

Of the “Big 4” sports in North America, hockey is definitely the most expensive. Football and baseball just need a natural growing field that needs to be cut every now and then, a few pieces of equipment covering certain areas of the body, and a ball you are a good to go. Basketball just needs a net, ball, and pavement to get a game started. Hockey on the other hand, needs players to be covered in equipment from head to toe, a temperature controlled arena, and an expensive Zamboni using up to 380 litres of water after each game that is played.

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Goalies: Does being an Angry Goalie help?

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We’ve all been there, we’ve had that frustration. You’re getting scored on repeatedly and nobody is doing anything. The ref blows a huge call. It’s been building and building all game, and by the 4th or 5th goal, you can’t take it anymore! You have a goalie outburst! Sometimes it just cant be helped, some of us goalies are not so zen between the pipes. I know myself personally I have had a very bad tendency for frustration in the net. I come out on the ice as a goalie to have a good fun game, where everyone takes part, and sometimes when things get out of hand, I don’t like it so much. Us as the goalies however don’t come out to be embarrassed, or made fun of, and when the score starts getting pretty high, that’s what it can feel like.

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Pricing Out Protection: The Best Hockey Equipment On A Budget

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In 1979, the NHL laid down the law: All players signing new contracts had to wear helmets on the ice. This rule didn’t affect older players like Craig MacTavish, who was the last NHLer to play without protective headgear. Oilers fans used to joke that this explained some of his more … unique coaching decisions. The introduction of composite sticks to the league in 1994 made stepping on the ice even more of a risk; heavy hitters like Zdeno Chara were now able to send pucks screaming toward the net at over 105 miles per hour. Bottom line? Even if you play beer league or casual pick-up games, you need protection.

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The Gary Bergman Blues, and Why Kenora Ontario Is Bigger Than Hockey

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How exactly would a young Southern Ontario blogger begin to write a column about legendary (and I use that word loosely) hockey player, Gary Bergman?

I really had no idea who Gary Bergman was. A quick study found that the fact that I did not know who he was really didn’t make me unique: A lot of people don’t know who he is.

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Goalie Skates: It’s in the cut

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Recently, I’ve done articles on some important goalie equipment, specifically on pads and masks for us goaltenders. These pieces of equipment are extremely important, as was previously mentioned, but they are also some of the more visually pleasing or iconic parts of a goalie’s set up. But what about the equipment that’s barely seen? Is it arguably less important than the rest of a goalies gear? Some pieces, perhaps, but under those pads are likely one of the most important, and personal pieces of equipment for a goalie. His skates!

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Respect the Classics

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Well, another year has gone by, and with that so has the holidays! For us Canadian’s that’s back to work, back to the extreme cold, and best of all, back to Hockey! With temperatures now dropping into the consistent negative double digits it’s about time we all started thinking about grabbing the spare stick and skates and heading onto the ponds! Now it’s a bit of a stretch sometimes for us goalies to bring out all of our equipment to play in net (if there even is one!) but I know we still do it from time to time. There’s just something about playing one of our favorite sports outdoors in the crisp winter air, and even the NHL knows it.

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