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Whether for the love of the sport or to find a new way to make new friends and get in shape, the D.C. metro area offers plenty of adult hockey leagues geared just for you. From novice to pro, these area leagues promise plenty of on-ice fun and none of the stress of working out in a traditional gym.

DC Shooters
Wheaton Ice Arena
11717 Orebaugh Ave.
Wheaton, MD 20902
(800) 4-HOCKEY

Price: $529

Recognized as one of the best teams in its division, the DC Shooters have more than a few key wins up their sleeves. In 2011, the team won the Hockey North American summer national championship as well as made the finals in the Hershey Tournament of the same year. Each season includes more than 20 games, some of which are against fellow Baltimore hockey players as well as double elimination playoffs. All new players must attend an Evaluation Skate to be placed on the team. Be prepared to show off your skills while in full hockey gear. Once accepted on the team, new players will then fill out a registration form and pay league fees.

DC Fire Hockey
Herbert Wells Ice Rink
5211 Paint Branch Pkwy.
College Park, MD 20740
(301) 277-3717

Price: $340

Whether you are a beginner or a pro, DC Fire Hockey — an adult hockey league comprised of D.C. firefighters and officers — will be thrilled to have you on its team. The not-for-profit league participates in many local and national charity fundraising competitions and events including an annual tournament that supports the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation, which provides assistance to local burn victims and supports burn research, treatment and rehabilitation programs. Many of the league members volunteer their personal time toward charitable pursuits as well.

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Skate Frederick Adult Hockey League
1288 Riverbend Way
Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 662-7362

Price: $300/$3,400 team entry fee

If you prefer to join a more recreational team, Skate Frederick Adult Hockey League might be for you. The purpose of its league is to play ice hockey “for fun, exercise and social interaction.” The league offers two divisions to accommodate recreational (as well as experienced) players and is available during summer, fall and winter months. Each session consists of 12 games plus playoffs. All new players must participate in a skate evaluation prior to placing on a team.

The Fairfax Hockey League
3779 Pickett Rd.
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 323-1132

Price: $480 early registration/$500 regular registration/$530 late registration

For those who prefer to fly (or skate) by the seat of their pants, swing by the Fairfax Ice Arena where you will find pick-up hockey games on Wednesdays and Fridays. The ice arena also offers five leagues geared to meet all skill levels. The Fairfax Hockey League has two seasons — September through April (winter) and April through August (spring/summer). All players are required to pay fees in full as well as sign a waiver form prior to the start of the season.

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Ashburn Ice House Adult League
21595 Smith Switch Rd.
Ashburn, VA 20147
(703) 858-0300

Contact tmaccormick@ashburnice.com for pricing.

The Ashburn Ice House Adult League offers four divisions for players to join. Each division caters to a particular hockey skill level, starting from advanced beginner (D League) to advanced (A League). The league plays two seasons a year, each season consisting of 20 games plus playoffs. Although it may be difficult to join a team once the season has started, individuals who are interested in playing are encouraged to send their playing resume, contact information and desired level of play to the Ashburn Ice House hockey director who will then send the information to team captains. The captains will then decide to add individual players to their team roster.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.