Ice Hockey: Get Your Skates On

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What’s it all about?

Want to know more about ice hockey than what Emilio Estevez and his rag tag bunch of misfits taught you?

With the glory of the Sochi Winter Olympics now behind us, come along and learn more about your new favourite sport, ice hockey.

The 2014 Australian Ice Hockey League season is just about to begin with teams coolly contesting the third oldest ice hockey trophy in the world, the Goodall Cup.

You’ll come away from this class with the knowledge needed to watch a game and get started in the hockey scene, an understanding of Melbourne’s ice hockey history, and the ability to impress your new Russian friends by knowing your Nikulin from your Ovechkin.

What will we cover?

We’ll be looking at:

  • How the game works – learn the rules so you can watch and understand a game
  • Gear and equipment – we’ll dress someone up and make sure they can’t feel a punch
  • The history of ice hockey worldwide and in Australia
  • Learning why it’s better to sit on the bench than in the box and whether you would deke or slapshot when you get into the house
  • The Melbourne scene – the Ice, the Mustangs and how to get started
  • The Mighty Ducks: help or hindrance, and
  • Try your hand at scoring a goal

Who will be teaching?

Brendan Parsons is an ice hockey tragic. Having picked up the sport in his mid-twenties he is now an amateur player, scorekeeper, coach, linesman and general rink rat.

At the expense of his promising engineering career, Brendan would like to dedicate more of his time brainwashing/teaching Melburnians about the sport he loves.