Beer league hockey is the term for any adult recreation hockey league. There are variations across the United States, and even across the world, but in general it’s a term for any adult hockey league. But it’s so much more. It’s a place for us to escape from our jobs and normal lives, to have fun, and maybe get a little exercise.

Do You Have to Drink in Beer League Hockey?

Beer league hockey is just a name — and while there may be beer involved, drinking is never a requirement. However, if you do choose to drink, many players hang out after (and sometimes before). You may even be put into the rotation to bring beer. It’s a fun way to find comradeship with your team. 

But, I have played with many players who don’t drink, and it is never a problem. Just politely say no when offered a beer, and it will be left at that. You are always a part of the team and welcome to hang out before or after the game.

Finding a Beer League Hockey Team Near You

Beer league hockey leagues happen in a few different forms, whether it’s a league run by an individual, an ice rink, or a city. Depending on the structure of the league, you may either sign up as an individual and be placed on a team, or sign up as a team.

If you are getting started in hockey or moving to a new town, the best way to find a beer league hockey team near you is to find the rinks in your town and reach out and ask them how it works.

There is No Fighting or Hitting in Beer League Hockey

The best thing about beer league is that it’s FUN hockey. While people do get competitive, and that is OK, we are not out there to hurt anyone (or get hurt). We all have to go back to our jobs the next day. There is no hitting, checking, fighting, etc. in beer league, and many leagues will kick you out quickly if you come in with a fighting attitude.

Skill Levels of Beer League Hockey

The best thing about beer league hockey is that there are people of all ages, genders, skill levels, and experience. Whether you’re a beginner or you have played in the NHL, we all end up in beer league.

There is going to be a place for you, because most leagues have high-level A leagues all the way down to beginner leagues or learn-to-play hockey classes.

One Rule of Beer League Hockey

There is a lot to learn when starting to play beer league hockey, but there is one main rule: Don’t be a d**k.

This means don’t hurt people, don’t cause unintentional penalties, don’t hold grudges, don’t be a jerk to the refs, don’t take things personally, and if you are asked, always bring the beer.