‘Get out here once a week and sweat’

Fieldhouse inline hockey league serves up excitement, hold the ice

Posted 8/7/17

When people think of hockey they typically picture Canadians, players with missing teeth and, of course, ice. But skaters at the Parker Fieldhouse’s inline hockey league don’t resemble those stereotypes, though they may be as feisty as icebound …

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‘Get out here once a week and sweat’

Fieldhouse inline hockey league serves up excitement, hold the ice

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When people think of hockey they typically picture Canadians, players with missing teeth and, of course, ice. But skaters at the Parker Fieldhouse’s inline hockey league don’t resemble those stereotypes, though they may be as feisty as icebound players.

“They get ornery,” says Debbie Rickard, Fieldhouse employee of eight years who keeps score, and keeps track of the penalty clock. “Some of them are more ornery than others.”

The fieldhouse hosts 10-game seasons for men’s and coed leagues throughout the year, offering all the speed, energy and competition of hockey without the ice. Teams play four-on-four and there are no stoppages in play for icing or offsides, which suits Evan Meredith just fine.

“It’s more open, there’s more room … There’s more time for stick handling and stuff like that,” says Meredith, who’s played at the fieldhouse rink for almost 10 years. “It’s a lot of fun, to get out here once a week and sweat a little bit.”

For more information on the leagues, visit the Parker Recreation Department website at parkerrec.com/1145/Inline-Hockey.

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