No. 85 in the Patch series, "," is to go and check out a roller hockey game at .
For those ice hockey fans who can't bear to watch a team from Boston advance further in the playoffs than their beloved New York Rangers or Islanders, the roller hockey league is a perfect escape.
It's a little different than ice hockey, of course. For one, skaters glide across a maple wood floor rather than ice. But don't think that makes the game slower — there is no offsides, icing, or checking, so the two referees are stopping play only for a penalty or the goalie freezing the puck.
Many of the adult teams are really fun to watch. Some of the teams have been playing together for a long time, so you see a lot of nifty passing and playmaking.
And just like at an ice hockey game, the Hot Skates staff is pumping some great music to get the crowd going.
There is no charge to watch any of the games. You can walk in and out of the rink as you please.
Teams range from ages 10 and under to adult. The adult leagues play 48-minute games, with several scheduled between the hours of 8 and 11 p.m., generally Monday through Thursday.
Random fact: Joel Ward, a winger with the NHL's Nashville Predators, once played in a tournament at Hot Skates. The Hot Skates staff has several memorabilia items of him on the wall.
Hot Skates is located at 14 Merrick Road in Lynbrook. To read more about what this rink has to offer, .