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Posted at 3:12 PM ET, 11/10/2006

Word on the Street (Hockey)

By Fritz Hahn

It's hockey season, and while the Capitals are playing the occasional great game, some Got Plans? readers are interested in leagues beyond the NHL:

Washington, D.C.: Hi Gurus,
My boyfriend is moving down to the D.C. area from NYC, and I would like to make the transition a little easier on him. He played street hockey (no skates) and broomball with two leagues up there, and they were the highlight of his week. Do you or anyone out there know of leagues in the D.C. area for either sport? Thanks!

It all depends on when your boyfriend is getting here, Washington. DC Street Hockey is actively looking for players of all skill levels for its winter season, which begins in December. Evening games take place in Alexandria on Wednesdays, though Commissioner Wayne Barrett tells me they also schedule pickup games "on random Sundays when the weather is decent." There's a get-to-know-you happy hour on Nov. 21 at Whitlow's on Wilson.

Need a more immediate fix? Most of the pickup games around town are targeted at inline skaters, and one of the best-known venues in Washington is on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House. While games are not sanctioned by the government, you may -- just may -- find a bustling scene there on weekend afternoons, beginning around noon. It's mostly skates, but you get the occasional foot-only contest.

As for broomball, we're coming up empty. The U.S.A. Broomball site lists leagues in Baltimore and Richmond, but nothing in the Washington area.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | November 10, 2006; 3:12 PM ET
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Thanks Fritz! I told my boyfriend about the hockey league, and he was thrilled!

Posted by: Girlfriend from DC | November 13, 2006 5:45 PM | Report abuse

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