I've recently been asked to join a full-equipment men's C-division rec team (I'm living in the USA and a friend of a friend found out I was Canadian and just kept asking...). I've never played organized (read: full-equipment) hockey but grew up playing pond hockey and played college soccer, so I'm not hugely concerned about jumping into (what I am told) is a low-level rec league; but BUT, I've been trying to do due diligence in researching equipment (and even stuff like positional basics and dry-land skating drills) and I'm a little overwhelmed. If any of you could help me out with a little advice, I have a few questions after the jump.
[The author, pictured above, the last time he played hockey.]
-What's the deal with stick flex? Should I go high or low?
-Anybody use the Bauer Nexus series skate? (Apparently they're a little wider).
-Has anyone here made the jump from shinny to full-equipment? Anything stand out that I should keep in mind?
-I assume as a newbie and shitty skater, I'll end up on the wing: any general basics, positionally, I should keep in mind?
-I've been bouncing around the internet looking for tips (this isn't meant to be one of those "I'm too lazy to do my own research, please answer the following..." posts, really). But can anyone recommend good online resources vis-a-vis hockey tips, etc.?
-My approach to equipment purchasing is to go mid-price range/brand-based (Bauer/CCM). Is that dumb?
Anyway, any advice/thoughts you might have on any of the above (or on anything related, really) would be hugely appreciated. I've been thinking of jumping into rec hockey for awhile, but it's always seemed too complicated (finding a team, gearing up), but this opportunity just jumped into my lap, so I'm trying to make it happen real quick.
Thanks in advance,
Jonny (my REAL NAME).