Get Inspired: How to get into Ice Hockey
|Why get into ice hockey?||It's a full-contact sport that demands pace, agility, poise, vision and finesse.|
|Who is it for?||Anyone who wants to play a team sport and enjoys interval training.|
|Is there a cheap option?||Clubs can help you out with equipment when you get started.|
|What if I want a proper workout?||Even at lower levels of the sport, you can expect to burn around 500 calories an hour in a game!|
|Can I take it to another level?||The game has a strong British following and there are a number of leagues across the UK.|
|Is there a disability option?||Sledge hockey is a variation of ice hockey designed for people with lower-body impairments.|
|Is there a family option?||You can find recreational teams at many ice rinks around the country, many of which hold family skating sessions.|
|So how do I take part?||Go to our Activity Finder to get into ice hockey near you.|
Ice hockey is fast, furious and fun. And don't be put off by professional players' antics - it's not all about fighting!
It's a great way to practice your skating while meeting new people, with ice hockey team-mates famous for forging close bonds.
Read on to see how you can get started in this super sport.
Aspire to be like: Wayne Gretzy
Wayne Gretzky played the sport professionally for 20 years between 1979 and '99, and has been lauded as the greatest ice hockey player of all time.
Ice hockey is for anybody - all you need is a pair of skates, a stick, a puck and an ice rink to get cracking!
In Northern Ireland, the Belfast Giants are an elite team, but they have a junior section too.
Ice Hockey UK has comprehensive information about the elite side of the sport.
Sledge hockey is a variation of ice hockey in which players are seated in a metal sledge with blades on the base, propelling themselves using twin hockey sticks.
It's aimed at players with lower body impairments who can't play standing ice hockey. The sport is fast, full-contact and extremely fun to play and watch.
Contact the British Sledge Hockey Association to find out how you can get involved.
Women's ice hockey
As a signal of how much importance Ice Hockey UK are placing on getting women involved in the sport, the summer of 2016 saw them create The Summer of Girl's Hockey.
There has been a clear pathway for female players for a number of years, with a number of age-grade Great Britain teams, culminating in the senior side, which finished 23rd in the world at the 2016 World Women's Championships.
Junior ice hockey
There's no better time to get started in ice hockey than as a child - learning to skate is easier the earlier you start.
Coaching and volunteering
Volunteers also have a key role to play in ensuring ice hockey teams and tournaments run smoothly.
1. Go to our Activity Finder to get into ice hockey near you.
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