Story by Darren Winberg

He shoots, he scores! That is a common phrase to hear on Tuesday evenings at the BYU-Idaho Center. From 8:15-11:15 p.m., coed rec hockey takes place as students of all skill levels showcase their talents in hopes of gaining some bragging rights.

“It feels good to come out here and score some goals,” said Sam Harless, a junior studying finance. “Its like I’m back home, and it’s a lot of fun.”

Codi Autrey, a sophomore studying nursing, said he enjoys hockey because it is a fun and friendly environment.

“I feel like it’s a lot easier to relate to people up here and play with people that have the same beliefs.” Autrey said.

The coed league has been around for a few years, and students are really grasping the idea of hockey.

“I enjoyed playing ice hockey back home,” Harless said. “So, it’s nice to be able to come out here and continue to play hockey.”

Hockey is a very skilled sport. Students from the Midwest and Canada are the likely suspects you will find on the hard court.

“A lot of people like me do come out here and continue to play hockey because they were used to it back home,” Harless said.

Autrey said he recommends playing hockey to anyone who enjoys watching it.

“It’s not the most competitive thing, but it gets competitive at times,” Autrey said. “It’s a lot of fun to just get out there, and you don’t have to worry about slipping and falling because of skates. It’s a really fun sport.”

Hockey is a great sport, and whether you are a beginner or an expert, you should try this winter sport.