Hockey is a seasonal sport for most of us. It starts in late September when the Admirals open up camp. In the middle of October the season kicks off and we are once again happy until the season ends in April and if we are lucky a nice playoff run into June. Then we move into summer mode and hibernate until the ritual starts over again.
Then there are a few of us that don’t want it to end. There are a few of us that want to not only watch, but also give playing the game a shot as well. Fortunately there is a small ice hockey community that flourishes in the Hampton Roads Area. There are three rinks available for all that simply want to skate to those that want to suit up and play the game as well. These rinks provide everything from teaching beginners to skate to hosting leagues for players of all ages.
I am currently getting my feet wet and learning how to skate and also learning how to play. I am currently 9 weeks into this venture as of the date of writing this article. I started out with enough knowledge to be able to move forward and turn left, but that was about it. 9 weeks later I can skate much better and can even play at a snail’s pace. The 7-year olds no longer laugh at me when I play. Instead they offer me advice on how to lift the puck when I am shooting and how keeping my butt down in the hockey stance helps when I am skating backwards. I’ll admit I still have a lot to learn, but I am looking forward to those early morning pick-up games down at rink. I would like to throw out a thank you to my buddy Scott for telling me to get out there and give it a shot. If not for the encouragement of others I would still be sitting in the stands or in front of the TV watching the game. Now I am actually on the ice playing and learning alongside the Ovechkin’s and Crosby’s of Hampton Roads (Ok … I know that’s a bit of a stretch, but some of these guys can really dangle the puck out there).
So what the point in this post? Obviously this blog is about the Norfolk Admirals. It is a resource that is for the fans from all around. We are all fans of the game and there are some of us that want to be able to play the game we love. I plan on adding a section to the blog that will give you a one stop shop for all things local hockey in the Hampton Roads area. This section would provide information and links for the rinks, leagues, clubs, and any hockey (or general skating) related resources available. I am currently compiling the information and hope to have it up soon. Please let me know if there is anything that needs to be addressed or corrected. If you want to provide some information then please feel free to let me know.