Roller Hockey

I get a lot of my ideas for posts from chat sites and forums, particularly ones for people looking to immigrate to Canada.  One frequently asked question is about sporting opportunities for children.  So I thought I would do a series of posts on some of the available sporting activities in the Oakville area.

I am going to start with my own personal favourite – Roller Hockey. This game can be played pretty much anywhere, but competitive games are played on a standard rink with ice removed and roller hockey flooring applied. The game is played 4 on 4 (plus goalie), there is no icing and no offsides so its great for perfecting passing techniques to quickly move the puck from the defensive to offensive zones.

There are options to play, whatever your skill level.  There are a limited number of travel teams who compete throughout Canada and US. The NARCH (North American Roller Hockey Championships) hold a number of qualifying events throughout the States and Canada and then the finals are held in places like San Jose, California and Fort Myers, Florida, so opportunities for combining with family vacations.  For players who don’t want to commit to that level of play, there are local leagues that cater for all abilities from beginners through to top level players.

And the absolutely best thing about Roller – the rinks are warm!

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Roller Hockey is non checking, but most definitely not non contact.

Here we have the First Star Hockey Ducks showing our neighbours to the south how the game should be played.

Here we have the First Star Hockey Ducks showing our neighbours to the south how the game should be played.

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