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Essential Hockey Equipment

link to How to Get Dressed Video

This video is a step-by-step instruction of how to get dressed to play hockey.


Is the Novi Ice Arena Carbon Monoxide Safe?

From Kris Barnes the Novi Ice Arena Manager -the Novi Ice Arena has carbon monoxide sensors at both ice surfaces which will automatically start exhaust fans if triggered.  The Arena also carefully maintains its ice resurfacers per manufacturer recommendations.  In addition, the Novi Ice arena‘s dehumidification system regularly circulates fresh air flow throughout the arenas.


Wash Your Hands!

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What is the best technique for washing my hands to avoid getting the flu?

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.  CDC recommends that when you wash your hands -- with soap and warm water -- that you wash for 15 to 20 seconds.  When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used.  You can find them in most supermarkets and drugstores.  If using gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry.  The gel doesn't need water to work; the alcohol in it kills the germs on your hands.
[Source: http://www.cdc.gov/H1N1flu/qa.htm ]


What steps are being taken to prevent H1N1 (swine flu) at Novi Ice Arena and in the Novi Youth Hockey Association? What is USA Hockey's recommendation?

Both the Novi Youth Hockey Association and Novi Ice Arena are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of the H1N1 flu (swine flu).  
The Novi Ice Arena cleans and sanitizes the arena on a daily basis, and follows the guidelines set forth by the Oakland County Health Department for influenza and H1N1 flu.
The NYHA is proactively promoting to coaches, players and families the steps that can be taken to prevent the spread of H1N1. Those steps include:

  • Avoiding contact with infected individuals whenever possible
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve rather than your hands
  • Players should always wash their hands after each practice and games, and before eating
  • Players should rinse out their mouth guard after each practice and games
  • Obtaining the H1N1 immunization
  • Avoiding touching your mouth, nose, and eyes
  • Staying home if symptoms of H1N1 flu are prevalent

In addition, USA Hockey has issued a statement on H1N1.   Click here to see the statement.

(Refer to the Centers for Disease Control Fact Sheet  for more information.)


What You Need To Know About "Locker Boxing" AKA "Helmets And Gloves"

Recently there have been reported incidents at hockey rinks in Michigan about an activity called "locker boxing" or "hockey boxing."
To date, there have been no reported incidents related to NYHA teams.
According to information from USA Hockey, the battles, also known as a "cage match" or "helmets and gloves" are generally held after a game, with teammates sitting around cheering on the combatants.  A match typically pits two players against each other in an all-out boxing match.
Required equipment includes helmets and hockey gloves as competitors attempt to land more blows to the head than their opponent.
Only punches to the head are permitted and the match is stopped when one of the fighters gives up, gets knocked down, or their helmet is knocked off.
An editorial in the May/June edition of the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine brings attention to the dangerous fighting game, pointing out the risks of concussion, in addition to the black eyes, broken noses, and bloodied lips that often occur.