Advice for Your First Hockey Game

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So you’re the king of the cul-de-sac and now you’ve signed up to play in an organized league. Here are some tips to help you avoid looking like a total noob your first game.

Before the Game

  • Study the rules of hockey, particularly offsides and icing
  • Bring your own water and tape. Don’t use anyone else’s without asking
  • Make sure all your equipment is in your bag, ready to go; and know how to put it on
  • Ask your linemates if they open the gate during changes or if you are expected to climb over

During Warm-Ups

  • Your first shot on goal shouldn’t be your fanciest deke, just something simple until the goalie loosens up
  • Don’t take a shot until 1) The goalie has acknowledged you and 2) Nobody is standing near the net
  • Stay on your half, give the opposing team their space
  • Only go behind the net if you are retrieving pucks
  • Practice passing, not just shooting

During the Game

  • Get off the ice if you’re tired! Even if it’s only been one minute
  • Observe your team’s playing style. Don’t try to coach them just yet
  • If you’re the best player on your team, move up to the next league
  • If you’re the worst on the team, hustle! A good work ethic can compensate for a lot
  • Don’t celebrate excessively after a goal, especially during a regular season game
  • There is no place for fighting in a league where people have to get up and go to work the next day

After the Game

  • After it’s all said and done, shake hands and say “good game”
  • Thank the ref for officiating. It’s not a fun job and it’s nice to feel appreciated
  • Hang out in the locker room to fraternize with your team and discuss how you could improve.
  • Bring a pen so you can sign autographs 🙂

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1 Comment

  1. Derby said on May 15, 2010

    I love the "no fighting cause you have to work the next day" rule.


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