GERIHATRICKS HOCKEY CLUB

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The Gerihatricks are a loosely knit group of senior hockey players in their 50’s, 60’s and 70 plus years of age, that plays primarily at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, MD. The group draws its core of players from the Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia area.

The Gerihatricks today is a vibrantly active program with skating sessions scheduled Monday through Thursday during Fall-Winter-Spring seasons at the Gardens Ice House 11:00AM to 1:00PM.

Three  age groups have vast differences in their abilities, and the 70+ ( Tues ) is actually a 70’s league.  The groupings are for ability levels and to avoid too many skaters at some sessions.  The 50+ ( Mon/Wed ) is a faster pace and most 60’s and 70’s don’t participate.  All this being said,  If you would like to skate the 3 remaining Saturday sessions, you are welcome, we ask that you respect the older skaters that may come.  Our goal is to have a opportunity for every to skate and feel comfortable doing so.

The Monday-Wednesday sessions are for 50 plus skaters and Tuesday is for 70 plus skaters and Thursday is for 65 plus skaters. These sessions are usually well attended and as much as possible goalies are provided.

During the Summer, Saturday afternoon sessions are available with the age minimum being 50. There are probably 200 to 300 names on the mailing lists. The original Bill Wellington notion of “hockey for all” and “you are never too old” still stands.

Some of our original members have gone by the wayside but our intent to provide hockey for the older senior set still pervades the Maryland Virginia DC community. At present we have no formal organization. The energy for our activities comes from volunteerism by those with a common desires to provide opportunities for us old daydreaming geezers and ladies with an opportunity to play a wonderful game.

For more information about our senior tournament, drop-in hockey or general questions about the group please contact us and we will make sure to get back to you promptly.

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On Tuesday, August 21, there will be a brief ceremony @ 11:00 am at the Gardens Ice House to unveil the plaque honoring Bill Wellington. This will take place before the 70's session (at noon).

Please make an effort to attend this event honoring the founder of our Gerihatrick's organization.

 

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During July and August, The Gardens Ice House will provide FREE sessions for children and / or grandchildren of any AHL (either season) or Gerihatricks players, from 8:00- 8:50 AM.  Players must be 5 to 12 years old and must wear helmets.

 

An adult must be present (not on the ice) to be the monitor - and that person must be indicated in advance to Nikki Goldschmitt or Billy Carr before any passionate youngsters can get on the ice. The adult is there to just be sure all goes smoothly. No adults should be on the ice as this is a chance for youngsters to learn how to manage 17,000 square feet of ice.

 

This is an additional benefit of playing at The Gardens Ice House and we hope the youngsters are dreaming (after raising the Stanley Cup) of planning in the TGIH Adult League.

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