We are the Eindhoven Student Icehockey Association (in Dutch “Eindhoven Studenten IJshockey Vereniging), “Icehawks”: a group of about 50 members that train three times a week and participate in the national student icehockey league. We train and play our home games on the Ice Sports Centre in Eindhoven, at the Antoon Coolenlaan, which has one of the best rinks in The Netherlands.
Every year we try to form two teams, the first one participates in the student league and the second one plays mostly friendly games versus other teams in Eindhoven, Tilburg and Den Bosch. We also visit tournaments (both national and international) which is always tons of fun, because parties are of high priority as well. In recent years we have attended tournaments in Milan, Munchen, Aachen and Freiburg. A couple of year ago we hosted our own international tournament, with teams from Germany, Norway, Belgium and the Czech Republic.
Icehockey is a sport about speed. A game lasts for three periods of 20 minutes. Because of the stress this puts on the players, it is allowed to switch players all the time. That is why a team consists of about fifteen players (and one or two goalies), resulting in three ‘lines’ of players. This keeps the game very fast paced.
During the summer, there is no ice in the rink (because of the ridiculous amount of energy it would take). So instead we play inline hockey. Team buidling activities include a weekend away, a barbeque event, a New Year drink and a visit to the cinema.
Icehockey probably seems like an expensive sport, because of the protective gear and sticks. However, we make it affordable for you. During your first year, you can rent your gear for 10 to 15 euro per month. If you decide to continue playing, you buy the gear for less money as you have already paid for part of it.
some old articles from the papers about the Icehawks: