We all know that May through October is the slowest months for anyone who loves hockey. Some New York Islanders players are still very much active in the offseason, so is it really that slow?
Even though it’s August, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t any hockey being played. Some of our very own New York Islanders have been busy this offseason. Unfortunately, the only state that is hosting any hockey games right now is Minnesota.
Anders Lee, Brock Nelson and Nick Leddy are getting some playing time during the off-season in the inaugural season of the Da Beauty League. The league according to letsplayhockey.com, Da Beauty League is a new 4-on-4 summer hockey league that features NHL players, top college and junior players, which began July 12.
The games were played at the Braemar Arena in Edina, Minn every Tuesday and Thursday evening with the Playoffs on August 9 and the Championship game on August 10th.
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Da Beauty League included three games night with the first game starting on most nights at 6 p.m, and then the third game which ended around 9:45 p.m.
The games consisted of two 30 minute running halves. The inaugural season featured six teams.
According to Islanders.com, Anders Lee said that participating in the games was a lot of fun. Lee also said ” summer skates are no speed, pretty relaxed and a lot of times guys are just taking it pretty easy. It’s good to have a competitive league put together where guys can still have a lot of fun with it. Guys were skating hard and working on their game. Fans are coming in every night and proceed to charity, so it’s the good thing.”
The league has only existed for under a year, set up in the fall of 2015 but is quickly attracting some significant NHL talent. Some of the NHL stars that participated in the games include Ryan McDonagh, David Backes, Zach Parise and three Islander players, Nick Leddy Anders Lee and Brock Nelson.
It’s not October yet, but seeing NHL’ers in full gear moving the puck around in semi-competitive settings sure makes it feel like it’s getting closer.
For more information about the charity and the games you can visit: http://www.dabeautyleague.com/home.