When people think of Orange County, it’s likely that images of surfing at sandy beaches quickly come to mind. It shouldn’t be surprising, however, that as the home of the Anaheim Ducks, there are a lot of adult leagues around offering competitive hockey for players of all levels. In addition to the five outstanding leagues highlighted below, each rink offers pick-up games, clinics and private lessons. Strap on your skates and get ready to shoot and score.
Click here for pricingThe adult league at the Anaheim Ice Rink is one of the premier adult leagues in Orange County. The Anaheim Ice facility boasts both an NHL and an Olympic rink, and is the official training facility for the Anaheim Ducks. With 10 games guaranteed in each of its spring and summer leagues, and a 25-game guarantee for the fall/winter league, expect a ton of time on the ice. Skill levels range from the rookie level to the elite gold level, and even an older-than-35 division. In addition to game time, the membership fee for the Anaheim Ice Adult Hockey League also gets you pick-up passes for entry to scheduled public pick-up times. For pick-up game times, click here.
Westminster, CA 92683
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Located just south of the 22 Freeway, Westminster Ice scores a hat trick with its 16-game guarantee, NHL-style jersey and socks, and five pick-up passes available with registration. With skill divisions ranging from rookie to gold, there is a spot on the team for virtually any player, but be sure to register early, as these leagues will sell out each season. Several team and individual pricing options are available depending on whether you pay in full or if you want the jersey and socks option. The five pick-up passes received with registration can be used at both the Anaheim Ice or Westminster Ice locations. Most pick-up times are scheduled on Monday, Tuesday and Friday afternoons and evenings. For specific pick-up times, click here.
Yorba Linda Ice
23641 La Palma Ave.
Yorba Linda, CA 92887
Price: $4,800 flat team rate
Every team makes the playoffs at the Yorba Linda Ice Adult Hockey League, which plays at the Orange County Ice Palace. Thirteen regular season games and three playoff games are guaranteed at Yorba Linda Ice, instead of just one guaranteed playoff game offered at some other leagues. Yorba Linda Ice is very customer-oriented and provides fixed scheduling and pricing, making participation very easy on its members. A flat team rate of $4,800 means that the more players you can recruit to your team, the less you pay. Add to that the set schedules for division play (you will always play on the same night each week), and you have a winning combination. Yorba Linda Ice offers bronze and silver divisions, and is strictly a weekend league, making it perfect for all the weekend warriors out there.
Huntington Beach Inline
5555 McFadden Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Price: $155 individual registration for players 40 and older/$1,300 team priority registration/$1,400 non-priority/$1,500 by second game/$40 annual membership to The Rinks
For players who prefer roller hockey, Huntington Beach Inline offers several skill divisions at affordable prices. Intermediate and advanced players can sign up with a team and pay their portion of the team rate. For inline facilities, players must also purchase a $40 annual membership to The Rinks, which provides special offers at Huntington Beach, Irvine and Corona Inline facilities, in addition to special discounts to Anaheim Ducks games and Honda Center events.
3150 Barranca Parkway
Irvine, CA 92606
Price: $175 individual sign ups/$1,300 team fee two weeks before the first game of the season/$1,400 by first game/$1,500 if not paid by first game/$1,600 if not paid by second game.
Centrally located just south of The District, between Harvard and Jamboree, Irvine Inline is another top-notch adult roller hockey league. The program in Irvine offers a 10-game season, plus playoffs, putting season length at about 10 to 12 weeks. With six skill divisions, including beginner, elite, 30 and older, and coed, there is a spot on a team for any player. Individuals and teams must also pay for an annual membership to The Rinks, for which members will receive discounts to adult pickup sessions on Fridays and Sundays at Irvine Inline.
David McDonald is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.