There's a Women's Ice Hockey Clinic that starts on September 7, 2011 and runs from 9:40am-11am at the Mt. Lebanon Recreation Center for 8 weeks. Cost is $108 per skater. For more info and registration form, click here.
If you're over 30, there's an Over 30 Co-Ed Draft League at Valley Sports Complex that starts the week of August 1st. More info on that can be found here.
We've learned of a new class beginning next week at Valley Sports Complex in New Kensington. You must know how to skate for this class!
Here are all the details:
Learn the fundamentals of the sport and improve your skills
5 Sessions - Fridays 9pm-10:30pm
Instructors - Shawn Wislie, Anthony Grisolia and Rick Lawes
Sign up early! Get ready for a great time with friends, or colleagues!
Fee: $90 Collected at the first session
Contact us: 412.680.3322 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For those of you who have taken hockey classes in the Pittsburgh area, which ones did you find helped you the most? Personally, the Island Storm Learn to Play Hockey for Women class helped me with the very basics. Marianne Watkins' power skating class helped me learn the skating skills to be able to stop correctly as well as pivot to turn backwards (I was really having trouble with both of these). The Adult Systems class at the Mt. Lebanon Ice Center really helped my learn positioning for faceoffs, where to go after the faceoff depending on who ends up with the puck, as well as where I should position myself when my team is entering the offensive zone.
These are the three classes I personally would recommend taking.
What classes would you recommend? Please let everyone know in the comments!
If you ever get frustrated with learning a particular hockey skill, think of this story!
Grizzell, 16, plays hockey with one hand and does it well
COLORADO SPRINGS — Luke Grizzell plays competitive hockey with no left hand. Why, the 16-year-old resident of Florissant wants to know, is this so astonishing to other people?
"It's not a big deal to me. I guess I'm pretty determined to do what I want and prove other people wrong," he said.
Stubborn might be the best word to describe Grizzell, who will be a junior in high school this fall. Most likely, that will be at Woodland Park, though if the school doesn't add a hockey team, as is being talked about, he may opt to transfer to a Colorado Springs school that has one. That's how serious he is about the game, one he didn't start playing until two years ago.
Read more here.
On Sat, July 23 the Pittsburgh Puffins women's hockey team will be playing in two preseason scrimmage games. One at 12pm at Ice Castle in Castle Shannon vs the Mentor Ice Demons, and the other one at 9pm at the RMU Island Sports Center on Neville Island vs the Steel City Sirens. Free admission to either one of these games. Come out and support women's hockey in Pittsburgh!
Via How to Hockey:
Want to really feel the burn in your stickhandling muscles? Grab a used up roll of toilet paper, slide it over your hockey stick and hold it with your bottom hand. Now stickhandle for about 10 minutes, practice soft touch, quick movements, and controlling the puck around your entire body. You could also try some of these stickhandling drills.
I do this at home all the time and it totally makes a difference, plus it's a cheap training tool!
Pittsburgh Women's Hockey Resource Blog
Charlene Bidula, Sara Petyk, Cori James and Val Sweeney blog about local women's hockey news, tips, teams and anything else they find helpful to all the women hockey players in Pittsburgh!