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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Hockey Blade Attributes: What You Need to Know

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A perfect hockey blade represents the difference between sinking a shot top shelf and ringing it off the iron. Much like the cut of a skate and the firmness of a pair of gloves, individual taste determines what blades do or do not make for a great match. Professional NHL players may spend hours practicing with different stick blades in order to get the exact fit for their skill sets, with as little as a quarter of an inch making a huge difference. While most stores won’t let you test drive different sticks, you can plan what blade will work best for your shot with a little bit of research.

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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 Away Game: Pick Your Best Hockey Stick

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It’s inevitable — your hockey stick, no matter what make or model, will eventually break. They can only take so much abuse and fire off so many shots before something eventually gives. But picking out a new hockey stick — no matter whether you play in an adult “beer” league or in a more advanced, competitive league — is a lot more than just heading to the store and selecting a new one.

Yes, the hockey stick has evolved rapidly since the early days of the game. It’s transformed from all wood makes to aluminum composites with detachable blades and now to one-piece composites that are lighter and offer more power than predecessor models. Hence, there’s a lot to consider when you’re selecting your next stick. Here’s a look at the anatomy of a hockey stick and all of the different features you need to keep in mind when making your next selection. Believe it or not, even a slight change or alteration in anything from the shaft to the blade can either increase performance or force you to adjust your game accordingly.

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The Away Game: Goalie Respect

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Recently I’ve had the pleasure of reading a recount of a game played by Al Corey, a veteran goaltender­ from “The Ancient Netminder” blog. I highly recommend any older and newer goalies to give some of his articles a read as they offer a lot of veteran and interesting insights into netminding. In this article specifically, Al had some issues with the opposing players, and tensions grew high.

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The Away Game: Hockey Edumacation

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The transition from minor hockey to beer league hockey was a very interesting state of events in my hockey career. The games weren’t as intense, there isn’t a coach breathing down your neck anymore, and you only had the wrath of your teammates to face if you messed up. Even though my dreams of becoming an NHLer died a long time ago, I am always looking to improve my game. I’ve looked at videos online and I have spent hours shooting pucks at the net in my backyard; however the best way to learn is to be told by others what you are doing wrong. I have attached a preview of Al Corey’s article from the blog “The Ancient Netminder” that talks about his experiences of educating and learning from the game.

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