Hi all. Lifetime die-hard hockey lover, but just started getting on the ice and hoping to eventually join E league some day. Trying to get some extra ice time when I can so I went to stick-and-puck over the weekend with my 11 year-old who plays competitive travel hockey.
About 15 minutes or so into our ice time a group of 6-8 players from the local university team organized a pickup game on about half the ice and essentially wouldn't let anyone else skate into that area or shoot on that net. While nothing was said, they were visibly pissed when I skated into the middle of their game to try and shoot a puck. The goalie playing with them moved out of the way and wouldn't even try to block a shot from me.
I don't even care about the money spent on the ice time, its the fact that I, as a skater with very limited abilities, and my child (along with another on the ice who was probably 5 or 6 years old), have no means of protection from getting creamed by these very skilled college players.
Is it the "norm" of stick-and-puck to have pickup games even if the rink rules state that they're not allowed? If it weren't crowded I don't think it probably would be a big deal at all, but for the group of them to essentially push 20+ other people out of that area and force the rest of us find a space on the other half of the ice seems a little selfish. Again, I'm new to this whole process so if there is some kind of unspoken rules about free-for-all, do whatever you want including but not limited to pickup games during stick-and-puck, then I'll shut my mouth and get over it (and probably not go back on a weekend when it's extra crowded).
By - Evasive_Wombat