How Can I Find Beer League Hockey Near Me In 2022?
If you move to a new town or come out of retirement (again) you’re probably looking for your local beer league hockey options.
Luckily for you, I have assembled on this page all of the resources I can find one how to do just that.
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9 Ways To Find Beer League Hockey Near You
1. Hockey Finder
Hockey Finder is based in hockey-country Minneapolis, MN. Their platform is a great resource for finding:
- Beer Hockey Leagues
- Pick Up Games (Drop-In)
Hockey Finder “is the newest and best way to organize, advertise and promote pickup hockey games, open hockey for arenas and hockey clinics. This tool is available to anyone, anywhere and is completely FREE.”
Hockey Finder allows you to find pickup hockey games for both youth and adults plus beer leagues, hockey clinics and tournaments. It has a really cool feature in that you can click on your state on the map graphic page and instantly find a ton of resources. Please note that their website is a work in progress so some states are more built-out than others at this point but it’s still a great platform.
2. USA Hockey
USA Hockey has a nice page dedicated to helping you find hockey near you.
Their platform lists hockey resource websites by hockey region:
- Mid American
- Northern Plains
- Rockey Moutain
Plus additional links to hockey hotbeds including:
- New England
- New York
The USA Hockey website is massive and includes resources on adult hockey news, tips for adult players – including video tutorials, pond hockey info, and much more. Plus they have an app you can download to check everything out from your phone.
3. Hockey Community
Hockey Community is another nice platform created to help you find hockey leagues near you.
“Hockey Community is a platform for hockey players. We empower thousands of people around the world to discover, organize, and play hockey through our app and its tools. Founded in 2010 and headquartered in Vancouver, Hockey Community is completely founder-owned and operated.”
Hockey Community has connected over 100,000 players to leagues, games, tournaments, and teams all over the world. Hockey Community is free to join and available across iOS, Android and the Web.
4. Sports Engine
Sports Engine is an NBC Sports Group company that “is the leading provider of Sport Relationship Management (SRM) software, empowering athletes, parents, coaches, and sports organization administrators with tools and services to manage their organizations and sports lives.”
Sports Engine provides a nicely laid out platform for you to search for hockey leagues and camps – searchable by location.
It also has all of the power of NBC Sports behind it so you’ll find great stories, articles and videos on everything hockey-related.
5. Check The Search Engines
The search results should show you several local options for beer league hockey. That is unless you live in rural Siberia or in the middle of the Gobi Desert. In that case, you may be shit out of luck.
I live in the Denver, CO metro area and the screenshot below shows the results I get:
6. Check Craigslist
Go to Craigslist and search for terms like beer league hockey or recreational men’s hockey. In case you’ve been off the grid for several decades, Craigslist is a classified ads website that has now replaced your local fish-wrap.
If you come up short on your search, you can place a free ad on Craigslist asking for information.
7. Check With Your Local Rinks
This is a no-brainer. But since this is a list of resources, there may be none better than your nearest ice rink.
If they don’t have beer leagues they will likely know who does.
When you find a rink with leagues, check with the schedule and go attend some games. Find the skill level equal to yours then approach a player or two after the game and ask if they are looking for any new players.
And as a bonus, most rinks offer skate-n-shoot or drop-in sessions that you can play in if there is no formal league to offer you.
8. Social Media
Search your favorite social media platform for beer league hockey near you.
If you find nothing, join a few beer league hockey groups and ask around. You’ll find what you’re looking for eventually.
9. Your Beer Drinking Hockey Buddies
Maybe this should be the number one choice.
Regardless, your boys have you covered if you hang around other beer-leaguers. Better to join them than to go the free agent route, even if you have to play on an ODR.
Most beer leagues have options for new players to join a team as a free agent. This is cool as long as you are sure you’re a good fit skill-wise for the league you’re joining.
If your league has no free agent options, the next best way to find a team is to start doing drop-ins and making friends. Ask around if anyone is looking for a new league teammate.
Another option is to assemble a group of players and petition the league to form your own team. In that case, you’ll need an awesome beer league hockey team name.