I never played hockey growing up (I think I played everything but), but when I moved to NC, I started playing in an adult hockey league. Great times. I will mention this though---maybe it was just the 2 leagues I was in, or just the people in the area, but the adult hockey league "culture" is very odd. Obviously everybody in it likes hockey, but there was more to it than that, I thought. Almost every guy in the league played in like 4 different leagues. That's all they did--play hockey every night, pick up sessions during the day, morning skates in the morning, several times a week. Followed by the traditional, gather around someone's car in the parking lot and drink beer for awhile (but that may be an NC thing). I liked playing and there were a couple of good guys I met, but I got the distinct feeling that I wasn't really part of the crowd. But like I said, that may be just an isolated experience. I certainly liked lacing up the skates and playing though.
The 11pm ice times got to be a killer though, which is why I had to stop. Didn't matter the league, the team, etc.---I always had either 11pm or 12am ice time games (there were a variety of days/times, but my team always wound up with the shittiest/latest schedule). It got to be ridiculous, so I stopped. I hope to pick it up again sometime soon.
"Now get back to the stands before I shave off half your mustache and shove it up your left nostril. "
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