Missing The Ice? Why You Should Try Roller Hockey This Summer

June 23, 2017

For the avid hockey player, there is nothing worse than packing up your stick and skates at the end of the season. While you back yard ice rink may be out of commission for the summer, you don't have to trade in your love for the sport. Use the summer months to your advantage by hopping off your home ice rink and into the street through roller hockey.

Whether through a league or with your friends, roller hockey will keep your body and mind primed for the coveted winter season. The following are just some of the benefits of getting involved with this popular sport.

  • Staying In Shape: While cruising in the streets might not have the same feel as gliding over backyard ice rinks, your body is getting the same benefits. Sports in general boost cardiovascular endurance, which can ultimately prevent cardiovascular disease. According to the CDC, this disease killed 800,000 people in 2011, so it is in your best interest to stay active all year.

  • Practicing Your Stick Work: Your hand-eye coordination might get slopping in the off season. Roller hockey will let you pick up your stick again and keep your puck handling sharp. This is also a great time to try out some new tricks to try on your league or homemade ice rink later in the year.

  • Making New Friends: Joining a league or getting together with a casual crew to play roller hockey will help you meet hockey enthusiasts in your area. This will give you a group to hang with to play and watch hockey all year long.

  • Learning Something New: You might not realize it, but your brain is working hard to help you move the puck across your backyard ice skating rink. So, why not help keep these skills sharp all year? Learning new skills during the summer will keep your mind sharp and your muscle memory primed.

If you find that you like roller hockey, be sure to stick with it. This is a great hobby to have when you can't enjoy your back yard ice rink. It will keep you in shape and prevent the off-season blues.